Free Shipping and Returns within UK. Free Returns within EU. We Ship Internationally. See Details

Master the art of Layering: Your guide to Dressing for Changing Weather

1T0A5101 copy

Welcome to the Walker and Hawkes country clothing blog, where we’re all about helping you stay stylish and comfortable as we transition from the chilly days of winter and into the budding beauty of spring. Our blog is dedicated to both men and women who appreciate the art of layering and dressing between seasons. With focus on mastering the art of layering for both fashion and function, we’re here to guide you through the unpredictable weather with ease.

Let’s look at how to effortlessly combine your favourite country clothing pieces to create versatile and weather-appropriate outfits. From cosy knits and classic jackets to lightweight gilets, hats and waterproofs, we’ll inspire you to stay sharp looking, no matter what Mother Nature throws your way. 

Grab a cuppa, cosy up and join us as we embark on a journey through the changing seasons, one stylish layer at a time – let’s make sure you’re fully prepared to embrace the transition from winter to spring with confidence and panache. 

Start with a solid foundation

As springtime brings a mix of sunshine, rain showers and fluctuating temperatures, it’s crucial to build your wardrobe on a reliable foundation. Begin by selecting lightweight, moisture-wicking base layers that form the cornerstone of your outfit. These base layers serve as the first defense against sweat and moisture, keeping you dry and comfortable throughout the day. 

Opt for materials like merino wool or advanced synthetic fabrics known for their superior moisture-wicking properties. Merino wool, in particular, stands out for its natural ability to regulate body temperature and wick away moisture, making it an ideal choice for springtime activities. 

Consider the activities you have planned for the day when selecting your base layers. If you’ll be embarking on outdoor adventures such as hiking, or camping, opt for performance-oriented base layers. 

Shirts make excellent base layers due to their versatility and ability to regulate body temperature. They also provide a breathable layer that can be easily layered under other garments without adding bulk allowing for freedom of movement and flexibility in changing weather conditions. 

Add Insulating Layers

Once you have established a reliable base layer to draw moisture away from your skin, it’s time to add insulating layers for trapping heat and providing extra warmth. Insulating layers are a must-have for springtime outings, offering a cosy barrier against chilly breezes or sudden temperature drops. 

When choosing insulating layers, prioritise versatility, mobility and breathability. Quilted gilets, renowned for their softness and warmth, are fantastic options for adding insulation without weighing you down. The lightweight yet insulating properties of the gilet make it a go-to choice for outdoor enthusiasts seeking comfort and warmth without sacrificing mobility. 

Waistcoats are another fantastic option for spring layering. They provide excellent warmth while remaining lightweight and compressible, making them easy to pack and layer as needed. 

Incorporate the right Outerwear

When it comes to dressing right for springtime, incorporating outerwear for protection is essential. This is especially true when considering the unpredictable weather patterns of the season. Walker and Hawkes clothing offers a range of options that perfectly marry style and functionality for spring. 

Tweed jackets are a timeless choice for spring layering. They provide a classic look while offering warmth and versatility. Pairing a tweed jacket with lighter layers underneath creates a polished and put-together ensemble. 

In addition to tweed jackets, investing in waterproof and windproof lightweight jackets is a smart move for spring. These jackets offer protection from unexpected rain and wind while being lightweight enough to layer over different outfits. 
Look for features like a detachable hood, taped seams, vents and adjustable cuffs. Our Outdoor Waterproof Midland Cape Coat springs to mind!

Don’t Forget Accessories!

Don’t overlook the importance of accessories. Even as the weather warms up, a stylish hat and a pair of gloves can add the perfect finishing touch to your ensemble while still providing practical benefits. 

At Walker and Hawkes, we understand the significance of accessories in completing your look and offering protection against the elements. As you transition from the chilly days of winter to the milder days of spring, selecting the right accessories can make a world of difference. 

Let’s start with hats. Whether you prefer a wide-brimmed hat for a touch of glamour, a classic cap for a casual look, or a stylish baker boy hat, or a trendy flat cap, we have a diverse range of options to suit every style and occasion. Our collection of hats is designed to not only take your outfit up a notch but also shield you from the sun’s rays as the days get longer. 

Additionally, let’s not forget about gloves. While we may longer need heavy-duty gloves for extreme cold, a pair of stylish gloves can still provide a layer of warmth during those brisk spring mornings or cool evenings. 

By choosing the right accessories made from quality materials, such as wool, you can ensure optimal warmth and comfort without compromising on style. So, as you curate your spring wardrobe, remember that the right accessories can truly enhance your overall look while serving a practical purpose.

Invest in exceptional Merino Wool Pieces

A high-quality merino wool sweater is a springtime essential for several reasons:

  • Versatility – A merino wool sweater effortlessly transitions between different temperatures and weather conditions commonly experienced during spring. It provides an extra layer of warmth when there’s a chill in the air, yet it’s lightweight enough to be comfortable when the sun is shining. 
  • Breathability – Merino wool is a natural fibre that allows air to circulate, preventing overheating and ensuring comfort even as temperatures rise throughout the day. 
  • Layering – A merino wool sweater is perfect for layering over a t-shirt or under a jacket, offering flexibility as the weather changes. Different styles such as capes, cardigans and jumpers provide versatile options for creating stylish springtime outfits. 
  • Style – Merino wool sweaters come in a variety of styles, when you’re shopping with Walker and Hawkes, we can help to add texture, colour and personality to your outfits. 
  • Comfort – Spring weather can be unpredictable, with sudden shifts in temperature and occasional rain showers. A soft and cosy merino wool sweater provides comfort and protection against the elements, allowing you to stay warm and dry throughout the day. 

Spring forward!

As we embrace the transition into spring and the awakening of nature, mastering the art of spring layering becomes our secret weapon for navigating unpredictable weather with style and ease. 

By building our wardrobe on a foundation of good base layers and incorporating versatile outerwear, whilst considering our accessories, we can create effortlessly slick outfits that adapt to the changing elements. 

Whether we’re out exploring the great outdoors or strolling through the city streets, we can stay comfortable, confident and dry all season long. 

So, go ahead, mix and match textures, colours and styles to create your signature spring look and step out with confidence, knowing that you’re prepared for whatever the day brings. Happy layering! 

Share this post