WINTER STYLING: Layering Tips & Tricks

When I was in New Orleans, I was lamenting the unseasonably warm weather. Sandals weather in December when I wanted to wear my boots. Well, I'm up here in the thick of it now! It's been quite cold here in Minnesota since I've been back.

One of the best ways to keep warm and stay stylish is simple - layers on layers on layers!  Here are some of my layering tips and tricks. . .

1. Leggings and tights are your winter weather bffs.  They’re great under skirts, dresses, or tunics. (Even wear two pair for warmth & thickness.) You can wear leggings or tights under pants for extra warmth, too!

2. If multiple layers feel bulky, consider sweaters with a little stretch in them, layering with thinner fabrics, and/or belting your look.

3. Layer a flannel or chambray shirt under sweaters or long-sleeved tops. Let the wrist cuffs and collar pop out.

4. You can rework summer looks like sleeveless dresses by wearing them over leggings and a long-sleeved shirt. (Even a tube top can even work over a snug, long-sleeved shirt.)

5.  Consider choosing bulkier layers on either the top or bottom of your outfit instead of both. Lots of long layers on top over skinny jeans or leggings and boots. Or, a snugger top with fitted crop jacket over a flair skirt.

6. If you’re looking for more shape in a big, puffy jacket or vest, look for designs with structure, a built-in belt, or adjustable waist synching inside the coat.

7. Scarves! Get to Googlin’ or Pinterestin’ to learn new ways to wear scarves. They’re a great accessory, add warmth, and can be easily removed if you get too warm. 

8. Explore layering multiple traditionally “top layer” items – like pair a poncho over a moto jacket or double layer jackets and vests.


What are some of your favorite ways to wear layers this winter?