5 Layering Tips for Winter
By Heidi Green
, last updated January 19, 2012
Just because winter has arrived with its bone-chilling temperatures and sharp, bracing winds, doesn't mean that your sense of fashion needs to go into hibernation. In fact, you should use the cold weather as an excuse to make daring new fashion moves! One of the easiest ways to add some spice to your winter wardrobe is by learning a few basic tips for layering your clothing. Layering is a fun way of maximizing your clothing choices that also keeps you warm at the same time. Instead of bulking up with one thick jacket, layer on lots of light clothing to really take advantage of this technique. Read on for some more information that will have you toasty and stylish this winter!
Rock Your Scarves With Multiple Outfits
One of the cutest (and warmest) accessories in your wardrobe often goes unheralded. This accessory is, of course, the humble scarf, and it can be worn in multiple different ways to achieve a variety of flattering effects. A scarf is particularly useful in layering situations: try using one of your lighter scarves that saw a lot of action in the summer and using it in conjunction with one of your heavier scarves. When you are outdoors and facing the elements, wrap both of them around the exposed part of your neck to help deal with the wind. When you get indoors, though, simply take off the thicker scarf and continue to wear the summer scarf as a funky accessory that won't make you sweat indoors.
Keep Longer Layers At The Base Level
A key idea in the layering process is having the choice to flaunt and show off all of your layers at once. With this in mind, you can give yourself plenty of flaunting options if you keep the longer layered pieces closer to your skin. For example, if you have a devastatingly cute pair of sweater tights that you want to show off a bit, put them on first thing. That way, any subsequent layers can go over them, i.e. a cute pair of leg warmers, a matching pencil skirt or a winter-ready pair of duck boots. You can apply this philosophy to a lot of clothing choices, such as long johns, slips that go under your skirt and even turtleneck sweaters.
Mix Things Up A Bit
Don't be afraid to get a little daring with your layer choices. To add a bit of flair and panache to your outfits, you can try using contrasting materials, patterns and colors in your layers. This will add plenty of visual and textural interest, and may very well inspire the next big trend. Afraid of wearing that plaid button up on its own? Why not pair it with a leather jacket and extra large scarf for a dynamic, shabby chic look? What about that thick wool skirt that's been sitting in the back of your closet for years? Give it some relevance by pairing it with a cotton Henley and sweater vest. The amount of combination possibilities is endless, especially when you can layer.