For those who long for summer’s uniform of a t-shirt, shorts and shoes, layering is a minefield laden with the risk of clashing colours, textures and lengths. The problem with layering is that it requires that proper thought is expended on what you wear – not a task which lends itself well to the bleary-eyed stupor of cold and dreary mornings. It’s not just mismatched mayhem which would-be layerers should be wary of, naturally practicality should be a keen consideration too. Layers which feel well-judged for combating the cold outdoors have a knack for becoming a stifling cocoon at the precise moment you set foot on public transport.
So, that’s an infinite number of different colour and texture combinations that may or may not work together and the task of creating a layered look which can go from Baltic to boiling without you breaking a sweat or catching a chill. Confusing, but short of not leaving the house for the duration of winter, you’re going to have to get grips with layering liberally.
On a more optimistic note, there are rewards to be found in getting to grips with layering. Just as it poses many problems, the endless ream of combinations up for grabs means that there are so many way to get it right. To help leave little room for miscalculation, we’ve put together a list of five (practically scientifically proven) laws of layering that always hold true.