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How to layer clothes: tips for nailing the transitional dressing period

Learn to layer like a pro

Now that summer is over, the transitional dressing period rears its uncooperative head. However, fear not, for this season we're all about tackling the beast head-on and emerging victorious.

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For those unaware, we're referring to the infuriating chapter between summer and autumn when the weather is utterly unpredictable and getting dressed in the morning is, in essence, a sartorial minefield.

Sound familiar? Get inspired with Hello! Fashion's top layering tips for this season:

Add a turtleneck

The eternally flattering turtleneck is a wardrobe staple that you mustn't be without this autumn. Layer it under a summer dress for an instant update, and to add a sense of depth to your outfit.

Reiss Nova roll-neck jumper, £98, Selfridges


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Try a sweater vest

Want to transform a classic white shirt from summer staple to winter wonder? Experiment with a knitted sweater vest to add a splash of pattern and a cosy, slightly retro, feel.

Maje Monoly floral-pattern cropped stretch-knit sweater vest, £179, Selfridges 


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Make it monochrome

Nothing is more wintery than a one-track-mind colourway. Take a traditional summer hue, like powdery blue, and match it with a coat in a similar shade for the ultimate frosty transition look. Or opt for head-to-toe back and take the opportunity to experiment with contrasting textures – think soft wool coats paired alongside glossy boots.

Riding boots, £200, Arket 


Cinch it up

Adding a belt over a bulky jumper or a blazer is an easy way to make sure your layers don't detract from your killer silhouette.

Loewe Anagram textured-leather belt, £295, Net-A-Porter


Pursue a pattern clash

Still utterly wedded to your go-to summer prints? Make use of them this season by conjuring up a pattern clash. Pick out a couple of tones that you want to focus on and seek out a tailored co-ord featuring a wintery print – perhaps an earthy tartan or a classic check – in a similar colourway. 

Peak lapel plaid blazer, £770, Maryling


Let there be light

Lighten up your look with airy chiffons and cool-girl meshes and then when the weather takes a turn, layer it up with a curly shearling coat.

Christy silk camisole, £185, Zadig & Voltaire


Amp up your accessories

Curate an interesting neckscape by layering pendant necklaces with a centrally-tied silk scarf to give your look a slight vintage air.

Dandelion silk neckerchief, £235, Tory Burch


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