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Ten effortless ways to style a summer cover up

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As anyone who lives in the UK will tell you, a good cover up is an essential part of any summer wardrobe.

From unexpected cold winds to sudden downpours, a seemingly warm day can turn in an instant, making us want to shrug a baggy cardigan over our shoulders or pull on a trusty knit. It's a sad fact of life that summer and autumn are, basically, interchangeable.

But once you've got yourself a beautiful summer cover up how do you style it? Head below to get ten effortless and gorgeous ideas on how to wear jumpers, knits and cardigans.


1. Co-ordinate

Co-ordinating your cover up with your accessories - from shoes to bags and hats - is a quick way to pull together your outfit.

Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba

Leslie Mann

Leslie Mann

Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan


2. Statement knits

Cheer up a grey summers day with a quirky statement knit that you can throw on over the rest of your outfit. Graphic patterns and vivid colours were spotted on the Autumn/Winter 2015 catwalks for Pucci, Dior and Loewe, so invest now in a patterned knit that will see you through next season.

Chrissy Teigen

Chrissy Teigen

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence


3. Go big or go home

If you opt for a cardigan, go for a loose and baggy style that you can sling over yourself at the first hint of rain. We recommend choosing a neutral, muted colour, such as these sandy-toned cardigans, that will go with most colours. 

Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba

Miranda Kerr

Miranda Kerr

Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron


4. Layering over and under

Layering is an important - nay, essential - part of dressing for a hot/cold/hot again British summer. Go for items in complementary colours and pair with laidback denim.

January Jones

January Jones


5. Fringing

There is something undeniably summery about fringing, so cover up in a knit or loose cardigan with some fringing detail. What chilly breeze?

Jaime King

Jaime King

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley


6. Monochrome stripes

Black and white is a classic style combination that will never really fall out of favour. Opt for a loose monochrome cover up paired with black and white accessories.

Emma Roberts

Emma Roberts

Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow


7. Go short

If you can't quite bare the prospect of wearing a jumper in high summer, but still want to ward off the inevitable chill, opt for a warm knit with short sleeves. Throw on over a basic T or pair with a classic long-sleeved white shirt for a preppy look.

Jordana Brewster

Jordana Brewster


8. Pair with plenty of jewellery

Sometimes, when it comes to jewellery, more is more. Spruce up a casual, block colour cover up with strings of necklaces and heaps of bangles.

Katie Holmes

Katie Holmes


9. Off the shoulder knits

Off the shoulder knits are a great transitional piece for when the late summer months blend into autumn. Opt for a block colour and pair with casual jeans or dress it up with statement trousers.

Kate Hudson

Kate Hudson

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence


10. Belt it

Big belts are one of the easiest trends for Autumn/Winter 2015 so get a head start on the new season by cinching in your cover up at the waist. Choose a classic leather belt in brown or black for a statement knit or experiment with studded and coloured styles for a more classic cover up.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley


Click here to shop our definitive edit of the 20 most beautiful summer cover ups.

Words: Sarah Biddlecombe

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