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How to layer clothes

Can’t keep up with this unpredictable UK weather?

We hear you. One minute it’s cold and blustery and we’re debating putting the central heating on. The next, it’s 30°C and sunny and the BBQ is getting dragged out of the shed (again). Talk about confusing! And getting dressed in the morning is becoming an increasingly difficult task.

But don’t fret. Tokyo Laundry has the solution.


It’s a tried-and-tested technique. A weapon against the weather. And, if you get it right, it’s stylish too. Here we offer a few tips to keep in mind when creating the ultimate layered combination.

man layering his clothes properly


4 tips to layer clothes like a fashion-pro


1. Choose your base layer clothing carefully

When layering clothes, the first layer is by far the most important. It’s there for the long haul. Come rain or shine, it will be a part of your outfit. So, it’s worth giving it some thought and choosing wisely.

Our advice is to keep it simple. A short-sleeved t-shirt or vest top usually works best. But make sure it works as a standalone outfit. If the weather does heat up, you’ll want to remove the outer jumper, shirt, coat etc. – safe in the knowledge that your base layer is just as stylish as the full ensemble.


2. Pick the right colours

In our opinion, layered outfits work best when you stick to just one or two colours. You should also think carefully about which shades complement each other. Try to avoid pairing a neutral with a neutral and instead contrast lights and darks, such as blue and camel, or black and yellow.

Colourful prints are also fine. But again, keep things understated and stick to just one. If you’re desperate to include more, either spread them out or choose patterns that are small and subtle.


Examples of layered outfits for women


3. Mix up the fabrics

A mixture of fabrics is often the key to successful layering. It’s all about varying the texture – and, ideally, you should aim to incorporate a different material for each layer of your outfit.

One of our favourite combinations is a pair of dark-wash denim jeans, a cotton tee and a cosy wool jumper. But there are countless possibilities. Play around, see what you think works best for you. Just be careful not to go too crazy and avoid using lots of plush fabrics (such as velvet and suede).


 4. Only include one bulky item

Include more than one chunky layer and you’re at serious risk of looking like the Michelin Man.

The trick to a flattering layered outfit is to ensure most layers are lightweight and include just one big item. Nine times out of ten, this will be the outermost layer and will either be a coat or jacket. But it doesn’t necessarily have to be. For example, we absolutely love the idea of layering a thick winter jumper or sweatshirt under a thin summer jacket. The perfect compromise.


How to layer clothes


Start layering up your clothes today

Trust us, this is the best way to dress for the iffy weather.

And the good news? Our online men’s and women’s range is currently packed full of tops, t-shirts, and shirts for layering, as well as sweatshirts, jumpers, hoodies, cardigans and more. So, why not take a little look and stock up on a few key pieces for the summer autumn…whatever season this is?!

There’s no end to the number of stylish combinations you can create. And it’s a great way to get creative and experimental with your wardrobe, whilst also preparing for unexpected weather.

For more tips on how to create the perfect layered outfit or to find out more about the styles currently available, you’re always free to hit us up. Ok, so we’re not catwalk-level experts. But we do know how to layer clothes in a way that is stylish and practical and we know our products like the back of our hand. Just send an email to info@tokyolaundry.co.uk and we’ll get back to you ASAP.


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