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Not sure about you, but I’ve spent a good few hours this past week staring longingly at FW21 runway images. One recurring theme of these crowd-less shows was the use of multi-garment layering, with the likes of Loewe, Lemaire, ERL, and several others taking turns in reminding us exactly how damn good a modular approach to dressing can look. With those images on the mind, we took to British retailer Harvey Nichols to pick out 10 key items that’ll help take your winter layering game to new levels.

When talking layering, a good winter wardrobe demands key and staple pieces that you can interchange and pair up with ease; items that’ll breathe new life into the clothes you’re tired of simply by being next to them. Having these foundations in place is a smart investment, as you’ll get far more wear out of pieces for far longer.

It’s not just aesthetic power that good winter layering tools can bring either. More layers mean more warmth. It’s not rocket science. So from base layer tees right up to cast-leading coats, we’ve selected standout goods by brands including Acne Studios, Loewe, and Calvin Klein.

Your winter layering line-up deserves a strong leader, one that can be relied upon time and time again through the cold months and won’t get tired. A solid long coat will step up to the job, and this timeless wool option from Acne will look good while doing so.

You’re not always going to need a full-blown coat in winter. Well, hopefully not, anyway. If moving between warm places in a city requires something a little more light and functional, shell jackets like this one from outdoor wear supremo Moncler are ideal.

Lightweight jackets that are capable of bearing wind and rain are an absolute wardrobe essential. Coated in GORE-TEX, there’s no doubt that this Norse Projects piece can do exactly that when needed. Not only can you pair this with a more heavy-duty coat in winter, but you’ll also get wear out of it at pretty much any time of year.

The gilet is a winter layering tool that should never be overlooked. In fact, this little garment is so powerful that we had to include two here. The first is this classic-looking quilter number by everyone’s favorite countryside walk outfitter Belstaff.

And the second gilet comes courtesy of UK-based Mki Miyuki Zoku, which offers a more modern take on the classic, dressing it in fleece for ultra coziness.

While the gilet affords new layering options by removing sections of garments and allowing others to appear triumphantly from those blank spaces, the hoodie is ready and waiting to do the latter. You’ll probably end up sacrificing some warmth to let the Ralph graphic show through an open zip, though, just to warn you.

Zipped items are always welcome when talking about winter layering. This sophisticated zip-up cardigan by NN07 is the epitome of staple and will work well with whatever you throw its way.

Decidedly more bold and brash than the NN07 cardi above, this knit jumper from Loewe is absolutely perfect for adding some contrast and color through open necklines, zips, and sleeveless layers.

Ok, perhaps not the most exciting part of your winter layering shopping trip, but an essential one nonetheless. The best outfits are built on strong foundations, and foundations don’t come much stronger than basics by Calvin. Three in one to keep in fresh supply.

If a short sleeve tee isn’t getting you hot enough, then let the long-sleeve in. This one is 100 percent cotton, just what you need for setting the standard for comfort with your first layer.

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