#WinterTrends2016: Fashion Layering

There’s one big trend we can’t seem to get away from every autumn/winter season: layering.

Knit dress, R999, 6 to 16, Forever New. Coat, R9 399, 32 to 46, Tiger of Sweden. Scarf, R299, Zara. Bangles, R149 for set of three, Aldo. Bag, from a selection at Longchamp. Boots, R3 699, Aldo.

Knit dress, R999, 6 to 16, Forever New. Coat, R9 399, 32 to 46, Tiger of Sweden. Scarf, R299, Zara. Bangles, R149 for set of three, Aldo. Bag, from a selection at Longchamp. Boots, R3 699, Aldo.

But the trend does take style, some forward-planning and of course – the right pieces. Which is where we step in.

Our fashion team are all about the layering trend – and they know the exact buys you need to look gorgeous and feel cosy this season.

The first rule of fashion layering it to start with the basics. Plain polo neck jumpers are a perfect investment for this trend – they can be worn with almost anything and look great with different styles.

It’s also important to pick a colour palette and stick to it. From neutrals like grey, black and nude to this season’s seventies-inspired colours – brown, burgundy and yellow – sticking to these will allow the trend to look ‘put-together; as opposed to thrown on.

Secondly: know your shape. This trend is great if you know you’re going to be eating a big meal, as you can keep covered up!

But piling on the layers without paying attention to what suits won’t be doing you any favours.

Those with a small waist can belt up over a jacket or jumper to make the most of that tiny middle, while great legs can be shown off in skinny jeans and long boots.

Fuller busts might want to stay away from polo necks – instead opting for V-necks and adding a cozy scarf.

Look out for more winter trends as well as our fashion editor’s top buys for layering by following #WinterTrends2016

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