It’s (unfortunately) that time of year again. Winter. I know some of you guys are from states where 40° is quite toasty, but for me that might as well be the middle of Antarctica. One of my favorite ways to stay warm during the colder months is the technique known as layering.
Layering is most effective when using light, thin layers. Otherwise you might end up looking like Ralphie’s little brother in A Christmas Story. Another important thing to remember when layering is to always define your waist. This step is absolutely crucial. When adding layers of clothes, it’s always important to draw the eye back in to the narrowest part of your body (your waist).
The following items are some of my must-have pieces for layering: tights/leggings, cardigans, and fun winter accessories.
First up we have tights and/or leggings. Whether you pick tights or leggings mostly depends on your personal cold tolerance and the weather. Adding tights and/or leggings under a dress is a great way to give that summer dress extra life in the colder months. This also works great for skirts! Another recent trend that I love is wearing tights with heavy winter shorts (think tweed or leather). If you are more daring, some celebs have been rocking denim micro-shorts with black tights. And don’t just limit yourself to traditional black opaque tights; try some with cool patterns and even different colors!
Next, one of my all-time favorite clothing essentials is the cardigan (or cardi for short). I live in cardis most of the year as I have a tendency to be cold, and these things are just so easy to carry around. Cardigans are absolutely essential for winter layering as they are light, come in a variety of colors and patterns, and instantly chic up any outfit. If you don’t own a cardi, I highly suggest you pick up a couple. In addition to being a gift from the layering gods, the cardigan is great for occasions where you need to look professional.
Finally, the last element you need for layering in the winter is accessories. Remember what I said about defining your waist with a belt? Belts are great for drawing the eye to the narrowest part of you and look fantastic over cardigans. Scarves are also great accessories that do double duty in keeping you warm and framing your face.
As you are getting ready for class instead of just throwing on the biggest, puffiest coat you can find, try out layering and a lighter jacket! Layering is a great way to get extra mileage out of your closet and look amazing!
A couple of my personal layering successes :)
What are your favorite techniques for layering?