Lets face it, winter is hardly the season to get excited about sleeveless jumpsuits or dresses, especially when its minus 5 degrees outside and the cold is making your nipples stick out. No siree, I am all for fashion but how can I wear dresses, jumpsuits or playsuits in winter when they are clearly far more suited to the summer landscape than winters frosty terrain? But that is where you and I are wrong, fashion has no rules and sometimes layering can be the key to updating your ‘summer otd’ and transforming it into a winter appropriate but nevertheless stylish look. Whether its putting a ribbed turtleneck under a playsuit or sneaking a winter ready bomber into the mix, layering has no boundaries. I have been known to combine a turtleneck with a maxi skirt and transform a ‘ballgown’ into a cute daytime look because there is no need to freeze your nips for the sake of fashion and besides who says summer can’t have a little bit of winter fun? Where else could you sip on a gingerbread decaf latte while lounging in your summer playsuit or delve into a bowl of heartwarming soup and looking super swaggy in your cut-out jumpsuit? One thing is for certain is if any brand is made with ‘layering in mind’ it is ILWF.
The Floral Playsuit
I think it is very obvious that I have a thing for florals and ILWF’s playsuit in an intoxicating shade of bourdeaux was the perfect addition to my floral themed wardrobe. With wrap over halterneck detail and baggy mid length culotte shorts, the playsuit sits just below the thigh for a delicious glimpse of legginess, while the halterneck demonstrates ample cleavage.
How To Layer The Floral Playsuit
Add A Turtleneck/Polo Neck
The halterneck fit meant that it would gape and expose my teeny tiny breasts, so adding a tomato turtleneck would not only create a complimentary contrast to the playsuit but would be far more comfortable for everyday wear. Choose a contrasting shade that is still on the same spectrum of the colour wheel as the other colours but remains different enough to not blend into the background. The tomato shade works so well because it contrasts against the Bordeaux but is a ‘warm, rich, intense’ hue whereas the slight acidic tinge of the magenta boots stops the outfit from appearing too ‘samey’
Wear Nude Tights
Despite what it may seem I am wearing nude tights, which means that the exposed thighs do not get too cold, otherwise it would defeat the ‘objective’ of layering. Choose a hue that is most similar to your skintone to create a natural tone; even if you want a sunkissed glow, avoid tights that are darker as it can look quite metallic in photos. Choosing nude ‘gloss’ tights is your best option and will still look natural as can be.
Wear layers underneath your playsuit; underneath my playsuit are two turtlenecks, a cami, crop and a bralette. Despite the layers, choosing thinner fabrics will help ‘bulk up’ without looking like a rugby player. See, you can still be warm and look insta-ready!
Knee High/Thigh High Boots
Knee high boots are a staple in my wardrobe and rightly so. They might not be the most comfortable boots if worn for hours on end but one thing is for sure they do keep your feet and legs toasty. The trick to making the most of your knee highs is to layer thick knee high socks to ward off the biting cold, which leads me onto to my next point.
Hats Are Faded Spring’s Best Friend
And its not just me! There is a reason why so many fashion icons wear hats in winter and that is because as well as looking super ‘boho’, hats are great for ‘keeping your head warm’. Choose a floppy felt hat to retain the ‘boho babe’ vibe of a traditional playsuit look and wear a headband underneath to keep the hat in place. Because hats are what? Sickening!
How To Layer The Cut Out Jumpsuit
It would be very easy to follow a similar vein to the ‘Playsuit’ and use a turtleneck as a vocal point of the outfit but with cut outs it gets a little trickier. With cut out shoulders and sideboob cut-outs, you still want the playfulness of the ‘jumpsuit’ to be featured but how on earth do you keep warm ? Easy…
Suede Bomber Jackets
The 90’s classic is not just a pretty face. Bombers tick all the boxes: practical, comfortable and stylish the bomber can have a transformative effect on cut-out jumpsuits. Choose a winter colour like khaki, burgundy or pumpkin, while keeping a muted neutral colour like dusky pink, beige or camel as a jumpsuit colour. Bonus points if your bomber is suede, a huge trend for A/W 2016.
Choose platforms that match the colour of your bomber jacket i.e. I have used burgundy for both the bomber and platforms to oppose the duskiness of the pink jumpsuit. While boots might have been warmer than the platforms chosen because of the fit of the jumpsuit, which is flared and wide legged, platforms do elongate and suit the style of the jumpsuit. Go hard or go home is what I always say!
Leather/Faux Leather Gloves
No rings or bangles for this cut-out jumpsuit. Because the breasts are already partially exposed, keeping your hands covered looks both elegant and of course keeps you warm. Choosing a rich autumnal colour like aubergine, with matching sunglasses is a very cool combination and will leave feeling as snug as a bug in a rug.
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