The Art of Layering: Your Ultimate Guide!

Manisha Bharti
Oct 30, 2019 · 9 min read

Walking deep into the fall and winter season, it will get freezing out there. It’s time to bundle up from head to toe. But the question is how to look fashionable and not like a snowman with so all the clothes you throw on? This is where the whole game of layering comes into play!

Purposeful layering is the perfect way to stay warm and put up a chic look. It can add a perfectly balanced interest to your outfit. Layering can be hard to master but it sure pays well. You can play and mix different colours, patterns, and silhouettes. If you are not sure of your style, you can always look up for some street style stars or fashion bloggers whose outfits you admire the most. This inclination towards a specific dressing will help you determine your style. Don’t be afraid of experimenting because it’ll help you create outfits that celebrate your style.

Here are some basic tips and tricks to get you started on the art of layering.

Basic Winter Staples

Don’t throw on the thickest, chunkiest pieces in the starting. Always start with a simple plain tee and an opaque pair of tights as the base layer. And when it’s freezing out there switch those tights with a warm and sleek pair of simple or fleece leggings and tuck it into a pair of socks. To keep the innermost layers settled in, go for turtleneck or simple full sleeve bodysuits. This way you won’t have to think about the base layer and you can throw more layers without worrying about this one. Keeping them skin tight will also trap all your body heat inside.

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Don’t let the wind in!

Double up on the bottom

A skirt or dress over a pair of leggings is easy to pull off. Choose a mini or midi skirt that flatters your figure while adding another layer of insulation. Wear knee-high boots showing just the right amount of your leggings.

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Don’t Ditch the skirts!

You should also add a pair of tights or leggings under your jeans as they are not warm. Going for wide-leg jeans or jumpsuits make it easier for you to layer in some extra cosiness underneath. You can even add a pop of colour to a neutral outfit by using coloured tight.

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Flaunt those tights!

Sweaters Chunky as Hell

A huge sweater is an essential part of winter layering. Always throw on a huge, cosy pullover or a turtleneck over your base layer. You can even pull out the arms of your base tee for an added interest.

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Oversize is the right size!

Rock Show Stealing Those Boots

A chic winter look can never be complete without an amazing pair of boots. Go for over the knee boots with a short dress or skirt. You can even pull off a midi skirt with a slit with these boots and ankle boots with maxi dresses and skirts. You can also choose bright coloured ankle boots to pull up any outfit.

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Flaunt them Boots!

And go for your favourite ankle boots for jeans and trousers. Another secret layering hack is to wear a pair of thigh-high boots under your flared jeans or pants for extra warmth. They will look like just ankle boots.

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Go Crazy with that Snake Print!

Warmth meets Style

Layer your super cosy sweatshirts for a casual day out under underneath your leather jacket, a well-fitted jacket, or even with your statement coats.

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Play Your Sweatshirt Game!

Flaunt Those Crazy Socks

Put on that great pair of slides and pair them with a thick pair of socks. This look is no longer just for the grandpas.

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Style Meets Comfort!

There’s another easy one with the socks. Pair a colourful pair of socks with a neutral look or wear them with those barely there heels.

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No Frozen Feet Please!

Double up the Sweaters

Play with colours, patterns, and interesting silhouettes as you layer two different sweaters together for those super chilly mornings. Another way to layer sweaters is to wear a long chunky cardigan over a turtleneck.

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Capture that Vintage Charm!

Pants On

Wearing pants under a dress is another clever way of layering. Give your look an upgrade with a pair of straight-leg jeans or sleek trousers. It lets you play with a mix of colours and textures. You can also layer a plain t-shirt, a white shirt, or turtleneck under the dress to give your neckline and your chest an extra layer of warmth and some colour play.

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Play with the Silhouettes!

Upgrade to the Winter Skirts

This year, pleated skirts are just the skirts of the season. As it gets colder deep into the fall months, pair your favourite skirt with chunky sweaters and layer with jackets. Skirt suits with belted jackets for a cinched waist are another huge trend this season. You can also wear a pair of fitted leggings or opaque tights underneath to keep your legs from freezing.

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Pleats Please!

The same are the rules for satin slip skirts. They help you look equally cosy and elegant. Leopard slip skirts have a special inclination because of the animal print madness this season. Finish these skirt outfits with chunky ass sneakers or boots or go for any other footwear of your preference; you can’t go wrong on this one.

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It’s not just a skirt; it’s a feeling!

The Magic of Blanket Scarves

Play with a wide range of blanket scarves. Just throwing on a pretty scarf over a neutral outfit will give you a pop of colour. They can instantly upgrade your style and add an interesting mix of textures, colours, and patterns to your outfit without asking for a lot of effort.

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Scarves are the silver lining!

You can also hold down your super huge scarves along with your jacket with a belt so they are closer to your chest for extra protection and some extra style points. Also, wrap your scarf around your torso like a jacket and belt it for a new take on ponchos.

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Belt your Scarves too!

Jumper-Jumpsuit Combo

Don’t box up your favourite summer jumpsuits already. Wear them in the layering game with a thick turtleneck sweater underneath and put on a jacket over them for super chic workwear for those chilly mornings. Give this look a cool-girl vibe by switching your winter jacket with a leather jacket.

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Upgrade Your Broiler Suits!

Layer Your Outerwears

Wearing multiple outerwear is a whole new level in the game of layering. This gives you so many new ways to experiment with your outfit. Wearing a cardigan underneath your jacket is one way of adding texture and colour and warmth to your look. Or you can conceal them all the way too.

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Not Your Basic Grandma Cardigan!

Or you can do it the other way round too. Wear a short jacket under a long cardigan and play with lengths.

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Keeping it Casual and Cosy!

You can layer those puffer jackets or vests under your coats and jackets to keep you warm without really being visible or wear them over turtlenecks or over jackets to add an interesting play of colours textures and lengths.

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Layer that Puffer!

A well-tailored vest will also give your outfit an extra charm and help you project a very polished look. Wear a turtleneck and a shirt, then throw a vest over it for that super chic work outfit. For a casual day out with your girls, go for a simple sweater dress underneath your vest.

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Vests are the Best!

Texture Mixture

When it goes freezing outside layer your outerwears in different materials for a mix of textures and colours and patterns. The key to mastering this trick is to play with the lengths of the layers. You can incorporate your short or cropped jackets with long tops and jackets. Wear short and long lengths in alternation.

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Dress up for Fun!

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