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Nine Layering Pieces You Need In Your Wardrobe (And How To Use Them)

Get to grips with the pieces that are glue for the rest of your wardrobe

The Cardigan
Even if you’re not into the whole ‘grandad chic’ thing, that’s no reason to force the cardigan into early retirement. As long as you leave stuffing tissues up the sleeve to the free bus pass brigade, the design can be a layering god-send.

Of course, we’re card-carrying members of the chunky cardigan appreciation society, but when it comes to layering, a light- to medium-gauge version (ideally in a temperature-regulating fabric such as Merino wool) is a far more versatile choice.

Merino’s an active fibre – it reacts to changes in body temperature, keeping you warm on crisp autumnal days, and cool if the weather is unseasonably warm, a label celebrated as much for its knits as its sea island cotton T-shirts. Your knit should be light enough to pull on over a T-shirt or layer under a coat when it gets colder.

With that versatility comes a range of ways to wear the cardigan. A neutral example works well to add ballast to a shirt and tie combination when it’s not quite coat weather yet. But equally, options in a medium weight and with a shawl collar look great layered over a T-shirt or grandad collar shirt.

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