Outfit: Learning to Love Layers

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Layers – ugh. As soon as Autumn leaves start falling everyone on Instagram goes all YAY! LAYERS!! I have never been one to share their enthusiasm. Mainly because layers are only really necessary when the weather gets cold, and I just can’t make myself be excited about cold weather, full stop. Layers, to me, just equals more – more effort, more bulk, more inches around the belly! The very word makes me feel as though I’m suffocating!

Sadly though, I’m also now past the age where I can pretend I don’t feel the cold, so layers are a must – particularly when you work in an office like mine where there is a complete mico-climate going on (seriously, it might be minus degrees outside during the commute, but by the time the lift has reached the second floor I’m sweating like I’ve just done a spin class in the midst of a tropical heatwave). And that is how this outfit was born!

I bought this shirt dress while on holiday in Tenerife last Autumn and it’s fast become a favourite, normally worn with tights and ankle boots with a belt to cinch it in at the waist. That was not going to cut it on this particular day though, thanks to the snow! So instead of just tights I layered it on top of a pair of black skinny jeans to keep the warmth in! That still wasn’t enough though, so I also added a jumper on top just to be sure. Now, had you asked me what I thought about an outfit made up of jeans, a dress and a jumper I wouldn’t have been keen at all, but I’m actually really pleased with the end result! I was genuinely surprised that all these added layers didn’t make me feel bulky at all, and I was able to stay nice and cosy without feeling like I was carrying an extra tonne of weight on my shoulders! So maybe layers are great after all? Maybe I’ve been doing it wrong this whole time?

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DISCLAIMER: I obviously also added a coat when we left the house properly!



In This Post: Shirt Dress, Stradivarius (Similar) – Black Skinny Jeans, Primark (Similar) – Black Jumper, Dorothy Perkins (Similar) – Boots, Vintage (Similar)


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