Layering in winter is a necessity; in summer, it’s an art. Learn to master it and you’ll have interesting, eye-catching outfits all year round.

Layering for spring / summer can take the form of floating sheer layers for the ultimate in femininity, it can be present in heavier layers adjusted to reveal what’s underneath, or it can even go for broke in bold, sporty clashes of colour and texture. With the help of stylist and fashion guru Carla Loo we singled out three key ways to easily master layering in the warmer months.

3 spring layering ideas

Add drama with a long sheer layer

“Wearing sheer combined with dramatically shorter pieces underneath looks sexy yet whimsical,” says Carla Loo, making it easy to create “delicately simple outfits for the warmer days.” On the runway at Jil Sander, full feminine skirts created this effect to perfection. But if you want to invest in pieces that will extend to both day and night you can also opt for straighter-cut maxi skirts or dresses in sheer fabrics.

sheer skirt at jil sander
Jil Sander S/S 12

sheer maxi skirts
Left: ASOS mesh maxi skirt. Right: Stylestalker sheer metallic skirt at ASOS.

Unbutton it

Layers don’t have to be see-through to give a peek of what’s underneath. Anything that has buttons or zips up the front or sides can be used to create an adjustable level of layering. Try a shirt dress or button-up skirt kept open to the hips with another layer visible underneath. Carla adds that you can experiment with using whatever’s already at hand – try with your favourite shorts or miniskirt as the underlayer and get the most out of your existing wardrobe. You can even layer a fitted tunic dress under a button-up skirt for an interesting layered look.

daks spring layers
Daks S/S 12

unbuttoned skirt layering
Clockwise from left: Miu Miu belted shirt-dress, Paul & Joe button up maxi skirt, Stella McCartney shorts

Go for bold

While 2012 may be preoccupied with diaphanous layers and soft pastel hues, you can go a different route and layer up boldly. “Rag & Bone’s collection is one of my favorites as bold colors, unmatched blazers, bikini tops and masculine touches are played to,” says Carla Loo. Take inspiration from Rag & Bone and mix layers of bright silk with summer knits, lingerie and sporty tailoring.

Rag & Bone spring layers
Rag & Bone S/S 12

bold spring layers
Clockwise from left: Rag & Bone blazer, T by Alexander Wang track pants, Deborah Marquit lace triangle bra

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