Layer Your Look

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Layer Your Look

Creating layering looks doesn't have to be a daunting concept! You might be thinking that in summer, layering is the very last thing you want to be doing, however we've got lightweight options that can be used as coverups or removed whilst still keeping the aesthetic of the outfit together.

Tap the images below to see each piece in the full range of colours!

1. Start With a Good Base

For your base layer you need something comfortable and versatile. Our basic layering dresses are a great place to start! Soft, stretchy, draped jersey fabric that can be tied at the sides to create a different shape, or to take away some of the volume, these dresses can be worn on their own or as the start of your layering look.

Made from a lightweight viscose fabric (95% viscose 5% elastane), this makes it a great option for summer. We often think of cottons and linens being the best option for hot weather, and whilst this is true there are some synthetic fibres that are overlooked. Viscose is a semi-synthetic fibre which is absorbent, lightweight and breathable, mixed with elastane this dress has a good stretch and fits up to UK size 20-22. 

Create different shapes with knots! Knot on one side, both sides or at the front. This creates different shapes to wear with different layering pieces or reduces the volume of fabric if you don't like it so oversized. Untie before washing, and tie again when it's on, easy!

Now to choose your colour, keep a neutral palette to match with everything, or go for a pop of colour.

That's your basic layering dress sorted, now to choose a layering piece!

2. Choose Your Layer

We've got plenty of layering pieces to choose from, many pieces can be worn over our layering dresses and with jeans, so you can mix and match and wear right through the season.

- Fine Knits £30

Always a staple piece here at Chester Boutique, we have fine knits in a range of colours and have heavier weight alternatives in autumn/winter. Our fine knits are a great option if you want a lightweight cover up, or if you want to dress it up.

They're a great shape and fit from a size 10-12 up to a 20-22. 

This versatile piece can be worn over a dress or over a vest with jeans, joggers or linen trousers.

- Muslin Twist Tops £18-£22

Our muslin twist tops are available in a range of colours, both plain and pinstripe, made from lightweight 100% cotton they are another great option for a flattering, breathable layering piece.

Wear over a basic layering dress, maxi dress or over a vest top with jeans, joggers or linen trousers. Whilst they are a generous size, they suit all sizes and fit from a size 10-12 to 22.

- Teabag Top £25

Our teabag tops are another classic! Oversized boxy mesh top that can also be knotted to create a different or smaller shape.

These are a slightly heavier piece but it is a large open mesh fabric so is still cool and breathable to wear.

As it is more oversized this would suit from size 16-26.

- Button Frill Linen Top £29

These cute little tops can also be worn open as a jacket! They are a boxy shape made from 100% linen, and can be worn open over a dress or vest with jeans, or buttoned up as a top.

Fits from a 10-16, up to an 18 if worn open.

3. Layering Alternatives!

If dresses aren't your thing, don't worry, we have plenty of jeans and basic vest tops to wear as your base! 

- Jeans £29 (various colours and styles)

Stretchy, high waisted, ankle grazer length and a great fit, our jeans have been a hit this season! Start with these as your base, add a vest and build around it.

- B.Young Long Layering Vest £14.99

These are a wardrobe essential all year round, wear under sheer or low cut tops in the summer, and layer with knitwear in the winter. Stretchy, soft jersey, and long enough to cover your jean fastenings.

True to size, and are meant to be fitted so size up if you want a looser fit.

- B.Young Basic Vest £14.99

Looser, and more of a straight boxy fit, these are perfect if you don't want a fitted layering vest.

True to size.

4. Choose your layering top

- Fine Knits £30

Wear with jeans or linen trousers layered over a vest top, or as an easy cover up over a jumpsuit!

- Muslin Twist Top £18-£22

Lightweight cotton tops, pinstripe or plain, are easy to throw on over a vest and jeans or linen trousers. Generous sizing but suit from a size 10-12 up to a 22.

5. Layering Linen

We love nothing more than layering linens in the summer! We've got easy mix and match pieces to create a full outfit.

- Linen Waterfall Jacket £47

A beautiful shape to wear over dresses, and tops with jeans or our linen cuffed balloon trousers.

Ready Made Layering Look

Layering made easy...go for one of our two piece tunics for a ready made layering look!

With a sleeveless white tunic as the under piece, and a short sleeved tunic over the top, these are a good length to wear as a dress or as a tunic over jeans and linen trousers. The top piece can also be worn on its own!

- Two Piece Cotton Tunic £25


Add your favourite pair of espadrilles, trainers or sandals!


Complete your look with a simple scarf or Envy necklace!

- Linen Scarves £12

Necklaces From £10

Wear a long necklace to break up blocks of colour or to add a little something extra to your outfit!

Love Your Look

And that's all there is to it! Find pieces that you feel comfortable in and suit your shape, and you can mix and match with several pieces in your wardrobe!

You can create a capsule wardrobe with a few pieces, and accessorise to mix it up and create completely new outfits.

If you need any help at all please let us know, and if you'd like us to put together some layering looks for you just get in touch.

Tel: 01244 310300 (shop), 01244 324045 (online office)