A-Z Guide to Layering



A while ago someone left a comment on a past post calling me the “Queen of Layering” and it absolutely made my day.  I’ve always loved to layer clothes and combine different textures within my outfits.  After several years of blogging, I think it’s fair to say layering has definitely become associated with my style.

I thought it was about time I shared all my tips and tricks on how to layer.  Given that we’re now in May, I’ve put all my coats and winter jackets away.  However, the British weather seems to have other ideas and it feels like we’re in Autumn rather than Spring.  Despite this, on principle, I refuse to wear a coat!  This means I’ve resorted to ample layering to keep me warm one these very grey and wet days we’ve recently been experiencing.



1) Polo necks/ turtle necks should be your best friend

Invest in a good quality polo neck.  I’ve got a couple that I’m always reaching for.  Look for something that is made out of a light and thin weight fabric with a good fit.  If you go for a heavy cotton or wool one it will make you bulky, which no one wants!

A good quality one doesn’t mean expensive.  My favourites are from H&M and one I purchased in LA ages ago from Calypso which was majorly on sale.  Check out some of these great options from H&M HERE, HERE and HERE starting from £3.99.



Once you’ve found yourself the perfect polo neck, layering couldn’t be easier.  Layer them under shirts, dresses, rompers or cami tops to not only keep you warm but add that extra detail and polish to your look.

My only advice is, make sure you apply your makeup AFTER you’ve got dressed, as it’s almost impossible to not get makeup around the neckline with these.



2) If in doubt belt it

One issue with layering is it can bulk you up which is less than flattering.  The easiest way to overcome this is to accentuate your waist by simply adding a belt.



3) Try layering with jewellery

If you’re not up for wearing layers and layers of clothes or it’s simply too warm for layering but you still want to create that look than layering necklaces, bracelets and rings is a good way to go.  I will often layer 3 or 4 necklaces together or I’ll wear a handful of rings, just to give my outfit that finishing touch.



Personally, I don’t think you need to invest in hugely expensive fine jewellery.  In fact, in many cases the lower end of the high street have some of the best on trend pieces which are perfect for layering.  Try Primark, H&M and ZARA for perfect pieces which won’t break the bank.



4) Shirts are key

I know, I know I am a shirt fanatic and cannot get enough of them but trust me, it’s amazing what you can do with a simple button down shirt.  I’m constantly layering them underneath cami tops or sleeveless dresses.



I’ve never been one for baring too much flesh, partly because I’m ghostly pale a lot of the time, plus I’ve never been particularly confident about showing off my arms or chest.  Therefore, I’m always looking for different ways to wear pretty dresses and pairing them with a shirt is definitely my favourite look.  I think it adds a touch of sophistication without trying too hard.  Plus, it can give a dress a whole new lease of life and means it can be worn across seasons, not just in the summer.



5) There are no hard and fast rules

Despite giving you 4 solid “rules”, there is actually no hard and fast way to embrace layering.  In fact, I would go as far as to say anything goes!  Who says you can’t wear jeans underneath a jumpsuit or a sun dress over a chunky knit.  First and foremost, have fun with layering and experiment with textures and styles until you find a perfect match.  Once you start you won’t be able to stop.  It’s amazing how you can reimagine so many pieces of clothing in your wardrobe simply by pairing them and layering them with the unexpected!



Don’t forget you can also keep up with me on Instagram @thatnewdress, Twitter @thatnewdress, Bloglovin That New Dress, Snapchat thatnewdress and Depop @dominiquew.





    • thatnewd May 13, 2017 / 10:57 pm

      Awww thank you doll xx

  1. Amy-Anne May 9, 2017 / 2:35 pm

    This outfit is so pretty, you’ve got a real talent I think.

    Little Moon Elephant

    • thatnewd May 13, 2017 / 11:05 pm

      That’s so lovely, thank you! xx

    • thatnewd May 13, 2017 / 11:05 pm

      Thank you xx

    • thatnewd May 13, 2017 / 11:05 pm

      Aww thanks doll! xx

    • thatnewd May 13, 2017 / 11:06 pm

      Thank you Alya xx

  2. Rina May 9, 2017 / 8:34 pm

    The dress on pants trend is something I’ve been wanting to try for the longest time! Maybe I’ll give it a go when I go to Europe =). Love how you layered this whole outfit!

    Rina Samantha

    • thatnewd May 13, 2017 / 11:06 pm

      Do it, especially if you’re coming to Europe soon. It’s still quite chilly in parts xx

  3. Miri May 9, 2017 / 9:01 pm

    Thank you for sharing your guide to layering. I love this look.And you are right- the right piece of jewelry can do wonders and it does not have to be expensive.


    • thatnewd May 13, 2017 / 11:07 pm

      It’s all about layering statement necklaces! xx

  4. Nikki Living Life May 10, 2017 / 12:21 am

    You are indeed the queen of layering. You styled this look perfectly. Even in the US we definitely need layers to transition into Spring weather because the temps are on the cooler side. Thank you for sharing these great tips. Yes, absolutely apply your makeup AFTER you get into your polo shirt 🙂 I’ve made that mistake before!!!
    Love your edgy military boots, they complete your look beautifully.


    • thatnewd May 16, 2017 / 11:11 pm

      I’ve made that mistake many times too! It took several makeup diasters before I learned my lesson, haha xx

  5. Mary May 10, 2017 / 3:21 am

    Layering is so hard to master. Thank you for all of your tips, I really need them 🙂 and of course you look adorable.

    • thatnewd May 13, 2017 / 11:19 pm

      Aww I’m so happy to hear the tips were helpful! xx

  6. Tasha Juli May 10, 2017 / 4:59 am

    Layering is key! Sometimes for fashion and other times for weather/functionality. You’ve certainly got it down!
    Tasha Juli

    • thatnewd May 13, 2017 / 11:19 pm

      You’re such a sweetie, thank you xx

  7. Carmen May 10, 2017 / 7:53 am

    I totally agree with you on this guide and you absolutely rocked this look! I like to make my outfit look a little bit unexpected so I love the “last rule” 🙂
    Have a great day <3
    xx, Carmen – http://www.carmitive.com

    • thatnewd May 13, 2017 / 11:20 pm

      Thank you so much Carmen, you’re so lovely xx

  8. Rosalie May 10, 2017 / 8:47 am

    Rule five would have to be the most important and relevant! But thank you for sharing these tips. I need to start trying to layer with jewellery, I always forget to wear mine 🙁


    • thatnewd May 13, 2017 / 11:20 pm

      Thank you xx

    • thatnewd May 13, 2017 / 11:20 pm

      Thanks doll xx

  9. Jasmine May 10, 2017 / 10:20 am

    Queen of Layering haha! So fun! I vote for that! I love today’s layers!

    • thatnewd May 13, 2017 / 11:21 pm

      Haha thanks hun xx

    • thatnewd May 13, 2017 / 11:21 pm

      Thank you so much lovely xx

  10. Mercy May 10, 2017 / 1:38 pm

    I always love your layering techniques dear, you make it look effortless, warm and chic without looking bulky. Love the necklaces that you curated here, I was looking for something like these.


    • thatnewd May 13, 2017 / 11:21 pm

      I think that necklace came from Primark of all prices! You can’t beat cheap and cheerful! xx

    • thatnewd May 21, 2017 / 8:56 pm

      Thank you doll xx

  11. Jeanelly May 11, 2017 / 12:27 am

    You really do rock the layered look! Love the jewelry, too!

    • thatnewd May 13, 2017 / 11:26 pm

      Awww thank you sweetie! xx

    • thatnewd May 13, 2017 / 11:26 pm

      So glad you like the post doll xx

    • thatnewd May 13, 2017 / 11:26 pm

      Thank you Bella xx

    • thatnewd May 13, 2017 / 11:30 pm

      Thank you sweetie! xx

    • thatnewd May 16, 2017 / 11:36 pm

      Thank you so much lovely xx

    • thatnewd May 21, 2017 / 8:56 pm

      Aww thanks hunny xx

  12. Shivangi May 11, 2017 / 9:03 pm

    I like how you have layered everything!! You surely are a queen of layering! <3 I am absolutely in love with your top and your boots!! You look lovely! Have a great day!! <3
    Lots of Love,

    • thatnewd May 13, 2017 / 11:34 pm

      Those boots were such a good buy, I’ve worn them SO much! xx

    • thatnewd May 13, 2017 / 11:35 pm

      I’m so happy it hear it was helpful! Thank you for the lovely comment doll xx

    • thatnewd May 13, 2017 / 11:38 pm

      Thank you sweetie! xx

  13. Jessica May 14, 2017 / 12:10 am

    You definitely know how to layer. This is such a fun look and a new way to wear tie dye too!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

    • thatnewd May 17, 2017 / 6:22 pm

      Thank you darling! xx

    • thatnewd May 17, 2017 / 6:41 pm

      Thank yo Gemma xx

  14. Janea May 15, 2017 / 6:09 pm

    Love your layering and tips! I had to look closely to realize that you are actually wearing three layers on top – well done! I also refuse to wear a coat right now – unless it’s raining. Have a great week!
    xo, janea

    • thatnewd May 17, 2017 / 6:49 pm

      Thank you so much hunny xx

    • thatnewd May 27, 2017 / 11:35 am

      Thank you xx

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