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Laying on the style: Layer up for the chilly weather

How to stay warm in winter without piling on mountains of wool? With clever layering, that's how. Katie Wright runs down the chicest ways to cover up.

If there's one thing the bloggers, vloggers and other peacocks that parade outside fashion week venues do well, it's layering. Captured in "street style" snaps, they have a knack of combining lengths, textures and colours in a way that makes you wonder - "Why didn't I think of that?"

And during the colder months, this mix-and-match approach comes into its own, providing much needed warmth and giving your summer separates a new lease of life too.

Inspired by those on fashion's front line, here are six chic layering techniques to try now.

All those spring/summer maxi dresses landing in stores at the moment look tempting, don't they?

The good news is, all it takes is the addition of the right blouse to make an otherwise summery frock ready to wear now.

Look for styles with high necks rather than skimpy straps, and pair with fitted Victoriana or Peter Pan collar blouses, in fluid fabrics that won't be too bulky underneath.

There's a reason the dress-over-jeans look was so popular in the early Noughties: it's cool, comfy and is another good excuse to wear a summery dress even when the sun isn't shining.

Update the look by pairing a folk-inspired frock with flared jeans and a saddle bag, tapping into spring's Seventies vibe.

Sequins for day? You bet - when layered over a fine knit camel or ribbed roll-neck, a sequinned cami provides just the right dose of dazzle.

Pair with some skinny jeans and brogues to keep the overall look laid-back, and lift your spirits on days when a strappy top would otherwise be out of the question.

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