Top tips for summer layering


Sep 11, 2023

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Top tips for summer layering

There’s no two ways about it, dressing for the unpredictable summer weather in the UK can come with its challenges. From scorching sun to sudden wind, downpours, and chilly breezes, it can be tricky to strike a balance between style and function during the summer.

In most instances, the secret to success is in layering, which ensures you dress smart from the base up. In doing so, you can easily add additional layers, be it for warmth or protection from the rain, without sacrificing on style. Taking care to bring some emergency layers for harsher conditions also means you can simply pop them on when needed before restoring your original outfit and carrying on with your summer day out.

Below, we’ve included some tips to help you ensure you’ve got all you need for a stylish outfit that is also practical and comfortable. By following these simple steps, you can ensure you can dress freely without compromising on function throughout the unpredictable summer months.

Build on a Lightweight, Breathable Base

To make sure you are comfortable and temperate at all times (and able to dry off easily in the instance you get caught in the rain), the base of your outfit should consist of a lightweight, breathable, and quick-wicking base layer. Some ideas include:

  • Lightweight cotton blend t-shirt or button-up
  • Fitted performance t-shirt or vest
  • Fitted performance leggings
  • Breathable, gentle stretch shorts or trouser
    • Or any combination of the above!

These simple base layers - often coming in block colours - can easily be accessorised with stylish footwear, headwear, sunglasses, bags, and jewellery. This makes them a functional yet fantastic option for summertime wear.

Use a Comfortable Backpack or Tote Bag

With the unpredictability of British weather, it never hurts to be prepared. Even in the summer, it’s a good idea to carry a stylish weather-resistant bag or backpack that can hold some emergency layers in case the weather goes chilly or it starts to rain.

Go for something durable, well-fitting, and breathable on the back for optimum comfort and all-day wear. Don’t forget to bring your other protective essentials including your umbrella, sun cream and water flask.

Layer Up with a Cardigan or Light Jumper

With your backpack or tote with you, you can easily store a stylish cardigan or a light sweater that can be layered over your base. For a super versatile option, choose neutral colours like white, beige, or grey that can easily pair with any outfit.

No bag? No problem! Tie your cardie around your shoulders or waist for a stylish yet functional look.

Bring a Packaway Waterproof Jacket and Trousers

Compact, packable waterproof jackets and trousers are a British weather essential. If you’re planning to head out for the day and there’s even a chance of rain, it’s wise to bring some packaway options along with you. This enables you to quickly have full-body protection without needing to change your base outfit (which you can easily return to once the weather calms down).

For a stylish look, opt for a packaway set in a simple colour that will look great with whatever you're wearing - depending on you, this might be a classic black or something bright and patterned.

Change up your Footwear

In unpredictable weather, closed-toe footwear like ankle boots, walking shoes, or even trainers are a good choice. However, if the weather is due to get super-hot or you’re heading for the beach, packing a pair of backup flip flops can be a real lifesaver.

This lightweight and easy-to-store option is ideal for days at the beach or when you encounter a wild swimming spot that you want to dip your feet in. You’ll also keep sand, rocks, and moisture out of your closed-toe footwear.

Grab a Lightweight Gilet

Providing a bit of added warmth and protection without the bulk or restriction of a full jacket, a gilet is a good option for layering up or down in summer. There are plenty of super lightweight gilets available, many of which are made with breathable, ultra soft materials that feel fantastic when worn.

Easily layer a gilet over a vest top, t-shirt, long-sleeve, or jumper for a stylish yet functional look when the summer weather is feeling a little more like winter.

Remember a Backup Base Layer

When heading out and about for an entire day of adventuring, an emergency base layer (including a breathable pair of leggings and a t-shirt) won't go amiss.

Whether you get caught in the rain and need some dry clothing or are finding your existing outfit a little impractical for the adventure you’re on, a breathable and stretchy base layer can come in extremely handy. Layer these with a light cardigan, jumper, or gilet for a sporty summer look.


If you’re seeking some respite from the sun’s UV rays or want to keep your head dry and your eyes clear of rain, a hat and sunglasses can go a long way. No matter the weather.

Hats and sunglasses can add a lot to an outfit whether they’re worn together or separately, but it’s great that they also serve a very important, protective function and can be easily layered up or down.

Find All You Need for Essential Summer Layering at TOG24

No matter your unique style, the key to keeping comfortable, warm, and dry in the temperamental UK summer is layering up and down. And ultimately being prepared. By considering your base layers and what may be useful in case the weather takes a turn, you can ensure you feel and look your best no matter what.

For a complete range of super breathable, well-constructed, soft, and weather-resistant clothing for your casual wardrobe and outdoor kit, look no further than TOG24. Our extensive collections for men, women, and kids offers everything you need for a successful summer adventure.

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