When you’ve styled your re-entry outfit and are ready to wow your pals with a year’s worth of pent-up outfit planning, it’s typical that the Great British Weather will ruin your plans. It should NOT be this cold in May, amiright? When your only socialising options centre around park games and picnics, outdoor eating and pub gardens, an easy solution is to throw a great big puffer coat over your cutest *lewk* and fashion be damned. But instead of going route 1, follow these stylist approved methods to add warmth to your outfit without adding bulk. We do love a duvet coat (and duvet boots) but sometimes, bigger isn’t better.
First step is to think in layers. Pick your favourite dress as the focus of your look and then layer above and below for hidden warmth. On freezing location shoots I always start with classic thermal undies, because nothing is sexier than keeping warm. Well… maybe… Then add a clever fabric that stops heat evaporating from your body. Silk is a natural option but Uniqlo’s Heat-tech material and Marks & Spencer’s Heatgen both have clever heat-trapping tech to keep you warm as toast.
Depending on the neckline of the main piece in your outfit you could choose an underlayer that is hidden or make it part of your look. Uniqlo’s scoop neck long-sleeve tee will work discreetly with open necklines, shirts and blouses while M&S’s leopard print top would look brilliant on show under denim. Don’t ignore the classic polo-neck top or bodysuit either. If you’re wearing a slip dress, a polo-neck (or turtle-neck) underneath will give your outfit the ultimate Y2K vibes. Next find a cardigan, shacketlike this one from & Other Stories. V neck shapes add more style to an outfit as you can show off more of your look. Always belt it around the waist to keep your look in proportion and avoid that ‘swamped by fabric’ look layers can sometimes impart. You could also slide a shirt under a shacket inspired by Tamu McPherson.
And don’t forget the bottom half… You might think shapewear is just for sucking you in but it’s super warm too. Cycling shorts work just as well under shorter dresses for extra warmth or, if you choose a longer line bottom half (jeans or midi-skirts, say) switch them for actual leggings. M&S’s Heatgen leggings have a brushed cotton interior that is soft as well as warm. Then finish with a pair of thermal socks. With chunky boots and a floaty skirt, they look seriously cool. If you’re desperate to get your new sandals out, don’t dismiss layering with socks either. Socks and dad sandals are one of the style set’s quirkiest fashion dos.
Who said fashion isn’t practical? Keep warm and carry on scrolling our choice of secret layering pieces below…