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It’s one of those awkward times of year where there’s uncertainty as to whether to hold onto the open-toed sandals or wrap up in a 13 tog duvet. When you’ve got a busy lifestyle and are faced by daily challenges such as commuting, temperamental office temperatures and gale-force winds, your wardrobe is the last thing you want to think about. Thankfully we’ve done the thinking for you with our essential guide to layering this autumn.

Choose outfits, not layers

The key to layering is putting together an ensemble of clothing that could be considered outfits in their own right, for example starting with a simple tee and jeans and building up to a cardigan, pullover and jacket etc. A great pair of skinny jeans are a girl’s best friend and can be made to look more formal providing they are accessorised correctly. The tops which I mentioned in my Karen Millen blog are a great place to start for this – elegant enough to stand alone, and not likely to make you overheat.

The versatile middle layer

This is your chance to get experimental – whether it’s a cute knit cardigan or a thin roll-neck jumper, your middle layer will provide that key warmth for chilly commutes and will also complement your daytime look for the office. If you’re in constantly changing environments, go for a neat, buttoned cardigan which can be removed and worn again easily without awkward pullover-jumper hair.

The final touch – accessorise!

It’s not time for the bulky winter coats just yet. Embrace this opportunity to be daring with your looks; if you’re looking for a rebellious daytime look, try a funky biker jacket. Alternatively, for a night on the town, check out this silver crinkle bomber jacket from Little Mistress.

When it comes to layering, it all comes down to final details – you’ll want some wardrobe essentials to accessorise your final look. We all need a reliable scarf or hat to carry us through the seasons, and these are the timeless pieces that will come out of the woodwork year after year. This Robinson & Dapper Claret Scarf from Waremakers will complement the warmer tones of autumn and will last through the chillier winter seasons. Top it off with a sophisticated beret or flat cap (if you’re somehow immune to the dreaded hat hair!) and you’re good to go.

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