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MAJOR LAYERS

We asked three stylists for a masterclass in how to look cool while staying warm this winter. Here’s what Vickie Keeble, Lauren T Franks and Louise Carmel Hall had to say

Get more mileage from your maxi

“Layering is an easy win,” says stylist Lauren T Franks. “Not only is it a sartorial trick to help you manoeuvre through the seasons; it is also an easy way to inject interest and personality into your outfits.

“Check the weather - you don't want to end up too hot and carrying extra clothes. Think carefully about what you will be doing that day so you make sure you pick the right items to layer.

“Start by layering lighter fabrics while the weather is still mild, such as a lightweight polo-neck top under a maxi dress you've worn all summer. As it gets colder, you can add a heavier V-neck jumper to create interest at the neckline, or even jeans to contrast with the lighter weight of the dress.”

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Add a staple polo to your wardrobe
£17.50
Begin layering with a floaty dress
£45
Cinch in the waist with a sleek belt bag
£19.50
Ground the look with leather lace-ups
£69

Play with texture

“When it is freezing outside, you need to take your layering up a notch,” explains Vickie Keeble. “I like wearing an insulating base layer, a jersey top, and then a knit. Plus, thermal tights are a must when temperatures plummet.

“I’m a huge fan of mixing textures and colours in an outfit and layering helps you to achieve this. For example, a cosy leopard-print coat over a bright knit. Have fun with it! Stick to one easy-to-remove heavy layer to avoid overheating when you duck indoors.”

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Reach for this coat on frosty mornings
£79
Roll with the polo-necks this season
£89
Add some va-va velvet to your look
£39.50
Street-smart trainers for casual days
£45

Clever quilting

Shirts, roll-necks, gilets and any top with a longer body or longer sleeves can lend themselves to layering, so you can pull them out from underneath another layer. Consider it a case of ‘peel and reveal’,” says Lauren.

Layered jackets, as seen at Balenciaga, Sacai, Marni and Prada, are a key trend to try, according to stylist Louise Carmel Hall. “Take one padded jacket or gilet and slip under a herringbone or houndstooth coat. Alternatively, try with a classic mac as seen at Burberry and Vetements,” she explains. “It’s a great way to get more mileage out of your winter wardrobe.”

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Features a handy detachable hood
£99
You will wonder how you lived without this
£19.50
Cobalt blue is a breakthrough trend
£35
Bring your own sunshine with this bag
£35

Hug a hoodie

“When it comes to party season, I love to wear a sequin skirt with a denim-look shirt and then add the following layers: a cashmere hooded top and a lightweight mac, with the hood tucked out. Trainers or boots complete the look, depending where I’m headed,” says Vickie.

“Don’t forget to layer with accessories!” says Louise. “I love mixing my jewellery to recreate that Eighties revival trend. Hats, gloves and scarves are also essential layering items for winter and are easily added or taken away when you are running about town.”

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Top off your look with a chic beret
£17.50
Roomy enough for some serious layering
£99
Add a hoodie to your winter line-up
£28
Instagram-worthy cowboy boots
£45

Editor: Dulcie Emerson / Imagery via Getty images

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