Taking a layered approach to autumn fashion

PUBLISHED: 08:45 08 March 2010 | UPDATED: 15:23 20 February 2013

Libra fashion

Libra fashion

Coping with the vagaries of the British climate - warm one day, cold the next - calls for a flexible approach. Luckily the fashion designers are on the case with gorgeous layered looks that you can peel off or pull on to suit, says fashion editor ...

Coping with the vagaries of the British climate - warm one day, cold the next - calls for a flexible approach. Luckily the fashion designers are on the case with gorgeous layered looks that you can peel off or pull on to suit, says fashion editor Jane Garner



The looks this autumn . . .



Knitwear



Look out for lightweight knits, either cropped short in neat or flared shapes, or ultra long. Black, grey and off-white knits form the foundations, but there are also interesting alternatives in new greens, flexible neutrals, berry colours and glitzy metallics. Shorter sleeves are worn over long, short tops over tunics, contrasts are created with varying lengths, layers, textures and tone-on-tone colours. Some jumpers are voluminous enough to be mini dresses, which require a great set of legs to be worn with just a pair of opaque tights, boots and a trailing scarf. If you don't have the pins, wear yours over skinny jeans.



Leather



Leather is butter soft, gorgeously textured, carefully cut to be chic or casual. Keep it smart with tailored pants or a slimming pencil skirt, or go 'biker' and throw on your leather over a floaty dress.



Colour



Black - head to toe black might be stark, even dull, and calls for texture and shiny patent. Colour can be added in small doses or one large block - in bright accessories or a single colour statement coat or jacket perhaps.



Purple - works extremely well solo, but partners beautifully with black, though don't miss seeing how well it sits alongside brown.



Red - this autumn as vivid as a mailbox, ready to cheer up black, complement grey and stand out from the crowd if you dare wear it all on its own. A great antidote to any dull day, red is a must in coats and knitwear.




Footwear



Love or loathe them, shoe-boots really can make or break a quirky look. Long boots either have stiletto sharp toes and heels or stand as flat as riding boots, dressed with buckles and fringing, or polished to a mirror finish in plain or quilted patent. Suede adds a special softness to footwear, and snakeskin provides a touch of naughtiness. Heels are high, Mary Janes are more grown up, platforms are prominent and lace-ups are anything but sensible.



For evening



Think goddess. Think Fifties. Go for gold, and sparkle, and floating fabrics. Satins are supreme, metallics add plenty of silver and pewter. Long, long gowns contrast with shorter cocktail vamp dresses. Everything shimmers.

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