How to layer your winter clothes


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Photo: Shahrear Kabir Heemel

Layering, in simple terms, means dressing using multiple garments worn on top of each other. Although delicate and intimidating, layering offers great creative freedom and room for experimentation. In addition, it is quite practical, allowing the wearer to prepare for a wide range of temperatures without having to change the whole outfit. Below, we offer some basic rules that will help you navigate the world of layering your winter clothes, especially if you’re new to it, to put on an Instagram-worthy fit.

A few basic rules
Check the weather before deciding on the type of clothing you want to layer so that you are prepared for varying temperatures and select the appropriate fabrics accordingly.
Stick to 2-3 layers of clothing. Anything more than three and you risk looking bloated and stuffed. You can layer several types of clothes like jackets, coats, vests, blazers, sweaters and even sundresses. Ideally, you should be able to alter your layered cut in public without embarrassment. So when layering, make sure your outfit works both as a whole and minus a layer or two.

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Fabric texture and thickness
A good rule of thumb when layering your winter clothes is to go “thinnest to thickest”, aka the thickness gradient. This means that lightweight garments should be closer to the skin while bulkier options remain the outer layer. Rules are meant to be broken, so you can break them by pairing a lightweight coat or slim cardigan as the outer layer of your chunky sweater.

Hems and lengths
Play with colors, textures and lengths for a chic look. The traditional style rule says that you should layer from the shortest inside hem to the longest outside. However, you can always ditch this rule and create contrast in your cut by playing with the lengths however you like, ensuring you look good.

Colors
As for colors, there are several ways to go about it. If you’re new and want to stick to the basics or classics, choose colors within the same family, adjacent colors in the color wheel, or colors opposite each other on the color.
A foolproof choice is to layer the neutrals. You can, of course, create contrast with different colors, but be sure to stick to no more than two to three colors or it might be too much for the eyes. Try to keep the colors in the same saturation level.

Patterns and prints
Layering and mixing prints and patterns is risky, but you can always take inspiration from street style stars spotted during fashion months. If you wear several different large prints, try to spread them throughout your look. You can create contrasts. Another great tip is to match the color of your print in another part or layer of your entire outfit.
Remember there are no hard and fast rules and to achieve the perfect look it is important that you play around with the pieces and find out what works best for you.

Layering Ideas —

There are countless ways to layer your winter pieces this season and below we take a look at just a few.

sweater vests
Taking inspiration from global fashion shows, street styles and, of course, TikTok, pair the season’s hottest “it” item, from cardigans to sweaters, over blouses or shirts. You can add a nice long camel coat to complete the look.

Sweaters and scarves
Another great technique is to pair your chunky sweater with a button down shirt or your favorite oversized shirt dress. Wearing scarves can add great dimension to your look. Take inspiration from Serena’s entrance in the opening scene of “Gossip Girl” and throw a scarf over your striped t-shirt and camel coat, with the jeans serving as bottoms.

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Photo: Shahrear Kabir Heemel

Merge the seasons
You can incorporate pieces from your spring-summer wardrobe into the winter season through layering. Wear your favorite summer mini or midi dresses over long sleeve t-shirts or sweaters, even turtlenecks and tights underneath.

Turtlenecks and Blazers
Speaking of turtlenecks, they go great with vests, quilted vests, and leather jackets. You can wear a variety of blazers to soak up the business and corporate energy. Wear your blazer over your favorite blouses or t-shirts, even over your loungewear.
Remember to accessorize with minimal jewelry and winter hats like fur bucket hats, beanies and berets.
In an era of TikTok-dominated fashion and a massive adoration for the avant-garde, there are honestly no hard and fast rules to be followed in order to be considered “trendy”. So feel free to experiment and break the rules, who knows, you might break the box once in a while?

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