How To Up Your Winter Layering Game
October 29, 2018
It's hard to stay chic while wrapping up warm; chunky fabrics and the need for many many layers don't exactly spell stylish dressing, but you can stay fashionable even as the temperature starts to plummet.
Clever layering is definitely your friend when it comes to nailing that effortless cold-weather style. Here are a few tips we've picked up to elevate your layering game for winter.
1) Outerwear On Outerwear
Who said one jacket would suffice? Keep your favourite autumn blazer in rotation by layering it with a winter coat. Choose a boyfriend blazer and a duster coat to keep the look tailored and streamlined, you can layer this look over everything from jeans and tees to wide leg trousers and knitwear.
Accessories are key to honing your style this season, especially if you're buttoning up your coat and not showing much of your outfit. Use a belt to cinch in any bulky outerwear, and tuck your scarf in for extra current season style points. Use jewellery to bring your layers to life, think a great pair of statement earrings with a woolly hat, a slick watch with a faux fur coat cuff, or a necklace that you can drape outside your jacket.
3) Give It The Boot
Thigh high boots and knee highs will become your best friend when it comes to winter footwear. Wear them over skinny jeans, with maxi skirts, dark floral dresses… they will layer with everything and provide some warmth when it's really chilly outside. Pick a pair in velvet for some extra sumptuous festive winter vibes.
4) Great Basics
The secret to mastering that effortlessly layered look is to start with a good basic that you can style your outfit around. A crew neck t-shirt is a great place to start. Begin to layer around a plain tee with bomber jackets, knitted scarves, a leather jacket, a cardigan, a flannel shirt… the sky is the limit.
5) Texture Play
Avoid the Michelin man look by building on texture as you work up the layers. Start with a sweatshirt, build with a soft knitted jumper, pile on a chunky knitted scarf and finish with a heavy wool overcoat. Swap the jumper with a hoodie and finish with a leather jacket for a more street style inspired look.
6) Pattern Mix
Colours and patterns can get tricky when it comes to creating a stylish layered look. If you're experimenting with pattern, try to keep the loudest print on top, and mix different prints, such as spots with geometrics or checks with stripes. Keep it tonal when it comes to colours, choose a palette of different shades of the same tone. Think navy to ink and sky blue, or work from black to grey and white.