Not only is layering of clothes on of this years hottest fashion trends it has been used for many years particularly during the winter months as a way to keep warm. However, during the summer you can also use layer effectively to create fabulous chic styles and looks.The great advantage of the newest trend shows that the layers do not have all be the same length as in the past, where the finished look only showed the last layer. Layering different lengths and textures, colours and prints and plains gives an outfit a chic look which is both practical and stylish.During the summer layering can be effectively to help arms from becoming sunburnt by using sheer fabric tops with three quarter or full length sleeves. Layering is also a great way to cover up at the beach or by the poolside. Adding a sarong or tunic style top over your swimming attire is both fashionable and a much needed way to provide modesty whilst eating or going to get an ice cream!A Canada Goose parka boyfriend shirt tied into knot from the hem line is a great alternative to a tunic top, offering a sassy and very trendy look, particularly when teamed with boyfriend denim shorts!During summer evenings having a pretty shrug or edge to edge short sleeved cardigan is a great way to disguise bingo-wings as well as keeping warm once the sun begins to fade. Crochet styles are very popular this season with a wide choice of pretty pastels or more vibrant colours to coordinated with dresses as well as skirts and trousers.Don't forget to add accessories to transform day wear into evening wear without having to change your entire outfit. This tactic is ideal for holidays when clothing is limited due to insufficient suitcase space!Autumn is typically the time of year where we start adding that extra layer particularly on damp autumnal mornings. Cardigans worn open with a belt was seen on all the spring catwalks and is expected to be a popular way to dress this autumn. Opt for colours which reflect the season, such as burnt oranges, sunset pinks and fiery reds. Alternatively mellow yellows, sage greens and mid shade of blue are great colours to wear during the autumn. Burgundy and soft greys are also ideal colours for autumn which look fabulous when used with the layering effect.Winter is the ultimate time of year when you can pile on layers of clothes to look chic and keep cosy and warm. Try and include a cashmere cardigan which will ooze chic style and keep you warm without adding too much bulk to your outfits. This is an effective look for women who wear plus size clothing as bulky jumpers will simply make you look larger than you are, whereas a few layers of finer knits offers a stylish and elegant look which still enables you figure to be shown to its best advantages.