Layering: you may have heard of it, here's how to do it

Far from being an excuse to throw a good jacket over some shiny shirt from 2003, a skilfully layered outfit should maintain the line and look without compromising on warmth or durability. Your jumper is at the heart, with roll-necks, V-necks, crews and cardigans providing a whole host of layering opportunities. Here’s a quick guide to achieving the artfully layered look, whatever your knit.

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The crew neck
The easiest of the jumper clan to wear. Keep it simple over a button-down shirt, then team with a single-breasted blazer in jersey or — if you’re feeling flash — cashmere. Keep the shirt and jacket simple, but bring colour into the knit (mustard and teal are particularly strong this season). Oh, and if the mood takes you, feel free to pop your blazer collar. Do the same to your shirt however, and you’ll look like Jane Fonda.

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The V-neck
If you don’t count Calum Best among your style icons, the sternum-flashing V-neck probably isn’t for you. Opt instead for a shallow V and team with a white spread-collared shirt, buttoned to the top. The spread of a double-breasted jacket will also work well with this look.

The shawl collar
The favoured shape of the past few seasons, the shawl collar works well as part of a layered look or, indeed, alone. Team with a Breton tee (shirts also work, but for a more relaxed take, the T-shirt is king) and wear with a shawl-collared pea coat for a sharp yet relaxed look.

The rollneck
All because the lady loves… The Milk Tray Man is your style icon this season, with double-breasted-jacket-and-rollneck pairings across the catwalks (notably at Calvin Klein, Gucci and Hardy Amies). Come winter, wear a shirt over the rollneck, and a cable knit jumper over that.

 

(Credits: Grey mixed-gauge waffle cardigan, £260, by Jaeger. Light grey detail shirt, £89, by Reiss. Green Merino wool high-neck collar, £15, by Uniqlo.)