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Autumn Layering: The Insider Guide

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Skirts over trousers: the final fashion frontier? Our insider experts translate the season’s trickiest trend.

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  • Urban Layering

    "Layering is so key for a/w 2012. Use different textures, such as leather and chiffon, for an edgier, more modern feel – perfect for an urban look. I love mixing sweatshirts with dressier fabrics for a relaxed feel. It’s all about not trying too hard! A cropped trouser is the perfect length under a clean mini skirt – wear with an oversize knit to balance out proportions and finish with sharp pumps in optic white."

    Rebecca Osei-Baidoo, Womenswear Buyer for Browns

  • Urban Layering

    £1,175, Balenciaga

    brownsfashion.com

  • Urban Layering

    £44.99, Mango

    mango.com

  • Urban Layering

    £99, NW3 by Hobbs

    hobbs.co.uk

  • Urban Layering

    £250, Topshop Unique

    topshop.com

  • Urban Layering

    £950, Acne

    brownsfashion.com

  • Urban Layering

    £590, Joseph

    020-7823 9500

  • Neo-Classic Layering

    "The key to neo-classic layering is the correct mix of lengths to give the right silhouette. A tunic over a cigarette trouser is ideal, both in structured fabrics like wool or tweed. I also like layering a thin top, such as a sharp white shirt, with a fine-knit jumper and cinching at the waist with a belt. Then add a classic bouclé jacket. Fashion editors work this look effortlessly by draping a coat over their shoulders."

    Luisa De Paula, Buying Director for my-wardrobe.com

  • Psychedelic Layering

    "Bold wallpaper prints bring the wow factor to classic pieces, making them even more covetable. When it comes to layering them, stick to clean lines and fitted tailoring – a cropped trouser with a kick flare under a long-line tunic should be form-fitting but not skin-tight. Wrapover styles also work well – then you can focus on clashing prints to your heart’s content. High stakes fashion, but worthwhile!"

    Caren Downie, Fashion Director for asos.com

  • Psychedelic Layering

    £395, Haider Ackermann

    thecorner.com

  • Psychedelic Layering

    £204, Au Jour Le Jour

    farfetch.com

  • Psychedelic Layering

    £70, Warehouse

    asos.com

  • Psychedelic Layering

    £35, Asos

    asos.com

  • Psychedelic Layering

    £39.99, H&M

    hm.com

  • Psychedelic Layering

    £440, Versus by Versace

    my-wardrobe.com

  • Offbeat Layering

    "With the focus on proportion, print and texture this season, layering has come into its own. An easy way to adapt this is with accessories – a peplum belt can create the illusion of layers with minimum effort. Layering luxe knits is a great alternative eveningwear look, as seen at Marc Jacobs. Choose a slightly A-line skirt and contrast-texture trousers but stay in the same colour family to keep the look chic."

    Holli Rogers, Fashion Director for net-a-porter.com

  • Offbeat Layering

    £45, Limited at Marks & Spencer

    marksandspencer.com

  • Offbeat Layering

    £1,800, Marc Jacobs

    net-a-porter.com

  • Offbeat Layering

    £95, to be adored

    ilovetba.com

  • Offbeat Layering

    £2,000, Mulberry

    mulberry.com

  • Offbeat Layering

    £45, Asos

    asos.com

  • Offbeat Layering

    £1,590, Louis Vuitton

    louisvuitton.co.uk

  • Offbeat Layering

    £39.99, H&M

    hm.com

  • Offbeat Layering

    £735, Stella McCartney

    matchesfashion.com

  • Offbeat Layering

    £680, Marc Jacobs

    net-a-porter.com

  • Offbeat Layering

    £1,240, Miu Miu

    net-a-porter.com

  • Offbeat Layering

    £29.99, Zara

    zara.com

  • Offbeat Layering

    £895, Mother Of Pearl

    020-3181 0964

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