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Can You Layer in Summer? An Investigation

by: Rosie Dalton | 3 years ago | The Edit

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One of our favourite things about trans-seasonal weather is the chance to experiment with fun layers. But what about once the summertime rolls around and things get a little too hot and heavy to wear a dress layered over a turtleneck, layered under a trench coat, with a scarf… well you get the idea. So — loathe to part with our layering ways as we are — we decided to undertake a little investigation of our own. Turning to the evidence archives of streetstyle photography, we sought to uncover whether you actually can still layer in summer. And we found that the answer is a resounding yes. Phew! So here’s how.

1) Add sleeves under dresses or jumpsuits

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Perhaps the easiest and most practical way to approach layering in summer is to start by adding sleeves to your favourite dresses or jumpsuits. Choose soft tees under silky slip dresses for a failsafe option, or get a little more adventurous and try a bold sleeved top underneath a jumpsuit or romper. Danish blogger Pernille Teisbaeck gets it right every time.

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The Deep V Tee in White

The Kate Moss Slip in Khaki

2) Layer sheer textures over opaque

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The key to layering during the summertime is sometimes all about finding the perfect mix of textures. This is where you can have a lot of fun with layering sheer textures over the top of opaques. For example a sheer top over a solid one, or an even more creative approach like the one below — we love the idea of wearing a long skirt either underneath or over the top of a shorter dress. 

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The High Neck Dress With Raglan Panel in Black

The Lady Lilith Skirt in Secret Garden

3) Clever ways with shirting

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There are lots of things you can do with a classic shirt to bring it into the summer months and make it part of your go-to layering rotation. One of those things is to wear your shirt open as a light jacket for evening, for example. To tie it around your waist and interest to a skirt, or even to wear it as a dramatic strapless top over a t-shirt — we show you how over here. But did you know that you could also wear your shirt as a skirt? It’s wild, we know.

The Miranda Silk Camisole in Blue

The Box Cut Shirt With No Stitch Placket in Stripe Cotton

The Heirloom Jacket

4) Wear your swimwear as actual clothing

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One of the best things about summer is being able to spend all day at the beach. But with all of that swimming going on, who has the time to actually get changed afterwards? When you find yourself short on time, never fear because you can skip a step by layering your swimwear with actual wear, in order to create a seamless summer look. Whether that means wearing a black triangle bra underneath white basics, for example, or tucking a one-piece into denim and tossing a kimono on over the top. Voilá.

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The Ester in Ivory Black

The Wide Jean in Light Blue (Pre-Order)

The Lennon Kimono in Clay

5) Two tops at once

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Summer is all about tops, which means that it can sometimes be hard to choose between all those great tops. Fortunately, though, you don’t have to. Because another great way to approach summer layering is to wear two tops at once. That might mean a t-shirt underneath a camisole à la Point #1, but our personal favourite is the bustier over the tee look. And we think Carine Roitfeld totally nails this approach.

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The Deep V Tee in Vintage Black

The DPM Bodice in Sandstorm (Pre-Order)

The Firm Jersey Pencil Skirt in Black

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