Layering Lessons

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The cold weather has settled in and everyone is scrambling to find the best pieces to stay warm in style. With dressing weather appropriately also comes the issue of finding those key wardrobe building blocks that you can transform into full ensembles easily. When the cold and darkness of each morning is making it harder to wake up feeling energized we all want to feel cosy but like we are ready to take on the world in our outfits. The key to this is layering. Some of the best winter outfits are ones that we can transform with a few minor changes to the different layers. 

A key element to layering in the winter is of course knitwear. The timeless knits that can be worn from year to year are an absolute investment and great for switching up any outfit while staying warm. The best part of shopping for knitwear is that there are endless opportunities to find different versions of our favourite styles. From thin and soft cashmere jumpers to more chunky wool knits to statement pieces and graphic jumpers, we all have a lot to choose from. A great knit can be the focus of an outfit, but it can also just be an addition to another statement piece, such as a printed dress, to keep you warm. 

Light layering is also a great way to ensure your outfits won’t get too heavy as soon as you walk into public transport, a shop or any other indoor space. Some of the best pieces to make sure you stay warm and cosy but also have an option to shed a few layers are some long sleeve tees and thin knits. These not only make for great under layers but can also be lovely statement pieces once you get inside. Rag & Bone has some very flattering thin long sleeve knitted tees that you can easily throw on with anything, or you can always count on American Vintage to give you all the basics you need for all your winter layered looks. Add a style with some stripes or a fun graphic for added detail to your long sleeve tee layer.


Another winter staple item is a great coat. Not only to keep you warm but to also make a statement. A great way to add some extra detail to any outfit is to layer on a lovely coat with a print or a fur collar for an added touch of glamour. Or if you want to go for some simple style, having some basic coats that can be layered on top of anything from knitwear to hoodies is a great staple item to have. Another lovely option of course is a faux or real fur coat that is guaranteed to keep you warm in the coldest winter months. Add a belted option to get a bit more of a cinched in silhouette with all your layers.

And of course we can’t forget about our winter accessories to finish off any layered look. Adding a cosy hat or the perfect scarf to any outfit will not only add an extra layer of warmth to your ensemble but it will also add that extra pop of detail. Whether it is a neutral wool scarf or a pop of print in a pashmina some scarves and hats can fully make an outfit. And of course layering up with some great winter shoes is always a great idea. Stick to the basics with some great Chelsea ankle boots for a sleek look or add some extra print with a fun boot this winter season. 

Anna Park