Janey’s Style File: Win With Spring Layering

I love this time of year, but goodness me is getting dressed tricky.  One minute it’s sub-Saharan, the next positively arctic.

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The answer from stylists for years has been layering, but that can be difficult if you don’t know how.  It’s easy to look bulky, rather than put together.

The answer is to keep it light.  All your layers should be very thin to ensure you have enough to take on and off.

Start with a simple vest top. You don’t have to spend a lot to get a good one but make sure they’re scrupulously clean and please, no visible bra straps. No matter how hot it gets, you have an appropriate base.

Next up add a shirt. I like chiffon fabrics, but also think chambray and denim, collar up can look really lovely.

You can add a light knit if the weather is bad, and belt it for a pulled in shape. For work, it’s always pretty to layer over a pinafore.  Skirts should be midi-length at this time of year – too short will require thicker tights then is comfortable, or lighter than flattering.

Footwear is where you can have some real fun – these chunky mules are light but still glamorous and practical – a win, win!

Blue shirt, American Vintage, £90

Built Up Vest, Simply Be, £14

Linea Pleated Mini, House of Frasier, £69

Rebecca Minkoff Saddlebag in Guava, £114

Phase Eight Espadrille, £79