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5 Tips for Layering Your Clothes Through Autumn and Winter

‘Layering’ is one of those trends that never goes out of fashion and really comes into its own as the temperature drops and we look to ways of dressing that will enable us to strip of an item of clothing or two when moving from the cold outdoors into a warm centrally heated environment and putting those items back on when we have to head back out.

Being on the curvy side, I am always mindful when it comes to layering of not wanting to end up looking bigger than I am.   I also don’t want to end up wearing so many layers that I feel restricted in movement (especially since, my own personal style preference is for loose fitting clothing).  So…..I’d like to share with you a few things I’ve learnt over the years and……also introduce you to some contemporary designs from the-Bias-Cut.com’s new A/W 17 collection which are perfect for layering up or down!

Carmel knitted lurex blouse; Brambles cotton poplin shirt; Nolene boucle trousers

  • Start with thin layers first (such as a camisole top, tee shirt or collared shirt) and then move onto thicker or looser clothing such as a jumper, more densely woven shirt or jacket on top.  This looks flattering and streamlined, leaving room for a coat, wrap or cape to be worn on top if needed, without you feeling and looking bulky.

Elise circus star blouse; Bobby denim jacket

Ivy lurex cardigan; Joanne burgundy heart embroidered t-shirt

  • Experiment with different complimentary or contrasting colours for your layers rather than stick to just one colour which can look bland I feel, unless the fabrics are of very different textures.  But, do ignore what I’ve just said here, if clashing colours is your thing.

    Bowie sweater red; Elise circus star blouse

  • Wearing a combination of clothing of different textures and patterning can really look great, but it does take some experimenting to achieve an effortless and stylish look (unless you deliberately want to give the impression you grabbed the nearest items of clothing to hand and got dressed in the dark).

Jacket bright leopard; Blue jay feather cotton poplin shirt

  • Having a selection of scarves in varying textiles, colours and patterns can enhance your layering.  I’ve been wearing scarves for years to not only add a splash of colour to a plain outfit, but to keep my neck warm when it’s chilly.

Lorena jersey dress-forest green; Amsterdam city scarf

  • I love wearing trousers, but the past couple of years or so, I’ve got back into wearing dresses now and again and in the colder months will wear them with a camisole underneath and instead of going bare legged, I’ll wear different coloured and/or textured tights (or leggings with short socks) and ankle boots.

How do you layer up for autumn and winter?  Do share!

Disclaimer:  This is not a sponsored post. Photos shared with permission from https://the-bias-cut.com/

Autumnal Reflections (and Review)

“If winter is slumber and spring is birth, and summer is life, then autumn rounds out to be reflection. It’s a time of year when the leaves are down and the harvest is in and the perennials are gone. Mother Earth just closed up the drapes on another year and it’s time to reflect on what’s come before”. ~ Mitchell Burgess

Autumnal Reflections (and Review)

Autumn is a good time to reflect on how the year has been for you so far.  I’d like to share with you the following simple but powerful and mindful exercise, I’ve devised for my own use.

Find time during the day or one evening to set aside an hour. You will see that I have allocated timings to each aspect of the exercise – this serves as a guide, feel free to adjust (for example you might want to spend much longer than 6 minutes on breathing/visualising).

Grab a notepad, pen, make yourself a cup of tea, and find a quiet space where you won’t be disturbed for the next hour or so.

Autumnal Reflections (and Review)

Get yourself comfortable in your chair. Close your eyes, relax your shoulders and take several slow, deep breathes in and out.

6 minutes

On each out breath imagine that you are releasing all the tension, negative and self-critical thoughts, that have been stored in your mind and body for the day, week, current month or last year. Visualise these tensions and thoughts as murky grey smog, and as they are released into the air they change and become clear bubbles which slowly evaporate into nothingness.

As you breathe in, imagine, bright golden yellow sunshine entering your toes and creeping upward to the crown of your head, flooding your body with warmth, positivity and vitality.

15 minutes

You should now be feeling a lot calmer and relaxed. Close your eyes again and reflect on the following:

How has the year been so far for you?

* Did you managed to achieve all the things you wanted to?
* How have you grown and in what ways?
* What experiences caused you pain or stress?
* What made you happy/sad?
* What lessons did you learn?
* Were you surrounded by supportive and loving people?
* Did you make time for you (self-care)?

15 minutes

Open your eyes and in your notebook, write freely, anything that comes to your mind, let it all out on paper. Close your notebook.

10 minutes

Sit back in your chair, close your eyes and relax. Breathe evenly, reflecting on what you wrote in your notebook. After approximately 7 minutes, open your eyes.

7 minutes

Open your notebook and write a list of all (or some of the things) that you have been grateful for and appreciated this year so far.

7 minutes

Close your notebook, put your hands together as in prayer and give thanks for BEING. Also, give thanks for all that you experienced this year (the good and the bad) – to your Higher Power (be this God, Goddess, Spirit, the Divine, Jesus, Angels, Budhah, Allah or the Universe, etc).

Stand up, have a good stretch and then and give yourself a big loving and comforting hug.

Now go and make yourself a cup of tea/coffee or pour yourself a glass of your preferred tipple – you deserve it!

The rest of the year

Do feel free to adapt this exercise to suit your needs and lifestyle. To enhance the experience you might want to have some music playing, on a low setting, in the background, light a candle (if it is safe to do so) or burn some incense. You might also find it useful to do the exercise with adaptations once a month to ensure you are on track with your objectives or to help you rejuvenate and refocus.

I hope you’ll give this exercise a go, let me know in the comments section below.  Also, feel free to share with your friends and family!