Flexible Looks with Layering

Flexible Looks with Layering

Autumn is coming, and now is the perfect time to get your wardrobe ready to start layering. 

Layering is a great way to stay warm without having to wear bulky clothes. With some key pieces you can easily layer your outfits for maximum comfort. Here are some tips on how to layer your clothes for Autumn.

What are the layers?

The base layer is worn next to your skin, offers a barrier against cold and wicks moisture away from the skin. The best foundation you can use for any layering outfit is choosing a fabric that is lightweight and comfortable to wear.  

The mid-layer is worn over the base layer and provides additional warmth and insulation. Good mid-layers for Australia's transition from summer to autumn are lightweight cotton, cashmere and linen knits. 

The outer layer protects you from wind and rain while also providing another layer of insulating protection.  Perfect options for this time of year are hoodies, spray jackets and puffer vests.

Why you should layer your clothing

The layering order is important to consider. Ideally what you want to achieve my layering is to stop too much air circulating between your body and the outside. Trapping your body heat to keep you warm is the real key to transitioning your summer wardrobe through autumn and beyond.

Low on space?  No one wants to cart around chunky clothing when we're experiencing four seasons in one day.  Clever layering utilising lightweight accessories like travel wraps and scarves or spray jackets are brilliant options to help keep you warm and comfortable with the bonus of being able to slip into a handbag without taking up a lot of room.

The wardrobe essentials

Layer one: base layer

The base layer is typically the layer that you wear closest to your skin. This is often made of silk or cashmere, which will allow your skin to stay warm and healthy. Don’t just think tops - a scarf around your neck is also a great base layer choice.

Layer two: middle layer 

The second layer can be a sweater, a cardigan, or a vest. A long scarf can also be used as a second layer if worn across the shoulders and draped flat over the chest toward your feet or flat and back across the opposite shoulder.  The middle layer will keep you warm without looking too bulky. It also provides an extra layer to keep in heat when it starts to get colder outside.

Layer three: outer layer 

The outer layer is the most important. This is because it’s the first line of defence against the elements. The right outer layer should be warm enough to keep you warm, but light enough not to feel bulky. A good choice would be a puffer vest, cardigan or jacket that has some insulation and can be worn open or closed to help you maintain a comfortable heat.

A label designed for layering

Mela Purdie is designed for travel, is lightweight and perfect for layering.  Starting with the foundation tank, singlet or boatneck, layered with a top and followed with a jacket you can pair it with a travel wrap for a fabulous look that will keep you warm and comfortable as we swing from summer to autumn. 

The Joseph Ribkoff collection also features jackets and other essentials that can be matched back with fashion pieces to create smart trans-seasonal layered looks.

Final thoughts

Layering is a great way to stretch your summer favourites into the cooler months.  Using our tips you’re sure to make the perfect wardrobe choice that will keep you comfortable no matter what’s happening with the sun and the clouds and the wind.

Free styling sessions

If you’d like some help selecting transpersonal pieces that will move the wardrobe from summer through autumn and into winter come in and see the girls.  They’ll show you how to extend your wardrobe with key pieces to keep you comfy.

Did you know we offer free one-on-one styling sessions at our Mount Lawley and Shenton Park stores?  No need to book, just tell the girls when you arrive that you’d like a styling session, tell them what you’d like to achieve and they’ll work their magic!