Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Perfect layers to bring in the chill–20 jersey tops and knit jackets

This post is as a result of a nudge by a very good friend of mine who has reminded me that I may still be out in the 90 degrees in Dallas but the evenings are drawing in in the UK and it definitely feels like autumn.

I’m a huge believer in layers, as I think that most of us are.  Sling on a heavy bulky sweater in September and you’re likely to want desperately to remove it at an inappropriate time when you start to turn lobster red having misjudged the temperature.  Slip into a lightweight layer with long sleeves and a fine knit over the top to wear with your favourite leggings or jeans and you’ll know that you’re ready for just about anything.

Vivienne Westwood Anglomania stretch jersey topAmerican Vintage cotton jersey top - more coloursOasis satin trim crew neck top - other coloursWarehouse Luxe crew neck jersey topHobbs ivory jersey topMichael Michael Kors long sleeved metallic trim jersey top - white alsoWhite Stuff super soft jersey t-shirt - other coloursT by Alexander Wang classic jersey t-shirt - white alsoAmerican Vintage Jacksonville jersey top - more coloursThe Kooples leopard print black jersey top

This is also a perfect time to make your favourite scarves work for you, as while the mornings may require something warm around your neck you can wear them in so many ways that don’t make you over-warm once the chill wears off.  I’m not talking heavy cashmere or wool here, but something lightweight that works with whatever else you’re wearing.  I’d steer clear of turtlenecks for now as again you can so easily overheat.

Karen Millen chunky knit waistcoatMint Velvet grey zip detail cardiganWhite Stuff moto cardiganWrap London pale grey cardigan - blue alsoThe Kooples open front knit cardiganOlsen fringed cardigankaren millen asymmetric cardigan jacketMichael Michael Kors open front knitted coat jacketPure Collection long line side split sleeveless cardigan - other coloursWarehouse cotton blend belted cardigan - more colours

Looking at the stores here in Dallas, and the trends are the same everywhere, there’s an abundance of burgundy, ochre (!) or should I say mustard, sludge green and mixtures of cammo.  I avoid all of these, at least anywhere near my face, as you need special colouring for them to suit you properly, or most of us do, and there’s nothing worse than investing in something and a friend asking you if you feel ok.  These are colour draining colours for many.   As for camouflage?  I’ve never been that person, and who wants to look like a fashion victim anyway?

Many of these come in different colours so check them out.  If you keep your layers simple you can accessories in so many different ways, once you launch into colour you’re a bit more limited, but the choice is up to you.