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Wearing layers in winter

Keep warm in the cooler months with the easy style technique of layering. Nikki shows you how.

Hiding under lots of warm clothes during winter is tempting. Bulky jackets and big jumpers are great for keeping toasty, but not for looking sleek and stylish. Puffy coats and chunky knits can make you look, well, chunky!

The key to keeping warm and looking cool is layering. Instead of one bulky item, stay snug with clever undergarments and go for soft knits that can be worn over each other. It will save you pulling your jacket on and off all day, and you'll still look great without feeling like you're wearing a padded suit. Here are some tips on layering.

Mum tucked them into your undies so you wouldn't catch a cold, but singlets are still a wardrobe staple. Add length to short tops by layering a longer singlet underneath (not tucked in, sorry Mum!). Pop one under a button-up top and layer a vest or light blazer over it. Bonds and shops like Best and Less have long styles in varied colours, and if you're bigger or taller, try the men's section. Thermal spencers are light, discreet and perfect for adding warmth without width.


Summer secrets
It's too cold to wear that light top, right? Wrong! Two items can bring your summer favourites into your winter wardrobe - a long-sleeved top and a pair of tights. I got some cute hanky-style singlets a few months ago and I've been wearing them all winter by layering a long-sleeve top underneath. The same goes for skirts and tailored shorts. Add tights or thick stockings and a pair of boots - instant winter outfit!

The queen of layering is the cardigan. Go for a soft knit that's not too heavy. Neutral colours like grey and cream work with most outfits, but don't shy away from jade, watermelon and blue. There's a type to suit everyone - if you're bigger, a draped-front cardie is flattering, while petites look great in preppy button-up styles. Start with a long-sleeved top, add a singlet or shirt, then a cardigan. Top it off with a scarf and jacket if it's chilly outside.

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