How to Layer Clothes in Winter: 6 Tips to Try
Layering clothes in winter is more than just essential; done right, it’s ultra-stylish too. The trick is to combine colours, shapes and fabrics that complement each other, while keeping you cosy. And you don’t have to play it safe – bold colours keep this functional trend feeling fun and fresh, whether you’re just getting dressed for the school run, or trying to stay warm for a date night out.
Here are some ideas for winter layering. Try them now as the temperatures plummet…
1. Embrace a Bold Coat
Shop the look: Pala D’Oro Chuck On Wrap Coat in Pink, Pala D’Oro Classic Belted Coat in Teal
A neutral coat is forever a staple, but for days when your mood is low or the sky is grey, a burst of bright colour can lend an instant pick-me-up. This is also your go-to coat for nights out, when even your outerwear deserves a little dressing up. These bold designs look just as chic with jeans and a pair of boots as they do with a floral dress peeking underneath.
2. Wear a Long Cardigan
Shop the look: Rowen Avenue Long Ribbed Cardigan in Grey, Rowen Avenue Long Ribbed Cardigan in Ecru
While a long knit underneath a short jacket might throw your outfit’s proportions off, a midi or maxi coat allows you to stay toasty with a longer cardigan underneath. Case in point: these hooded designs tuck beneath oversized outerwear with ease, then they add some (soft and comfy) drama to an otherwise simple jeans and t-shirt look. You can team them with vibrant shirts or chic basics, depending on your style. Plus, they’re also great for layering with loungewear for added warmth.
3. Add Hints of Leather or PU
Shop the look: J’aime La Vie PU Joggers in Black, Rino & Pelle Fitted A-Line Skirt in Morel
Few fabrics add more warmth than leather or PU. That’s why, when it comes to winter layering, we’re big fans of adding a pair of PU joggers or a faux leather skirt. They also inject instant glamour, whether you pair them with a turtleneck sweater or a dressier top. Add boots and a coat, and you’ve got one of the warmest winter outfits around.
4. Update Your Wardrobe with a Black Turtleneck
Shop the look: Rowen Avenue Roll Neck in Black, Kelly & Grace Weekend Rib Roll Neck in Black
A black turtleneck is the unsung hero of winter layering. While it may look unsuspecting, this clever piece can be styled up with anything, from dresses to skirts to shirts. Layer it underneath a pinafore, a shacket or a jumper to outsmart those chilly temperatures. You can also wear it solo with blue jeans or a high waist midi skirt.
5. Accessorise with Faux Fur
Shop the look: Soul Accessories Faux Fur Collar in Rust, Soul Accessories Gloves with Faux Fur Cuff in Blue
So snug, you’ll want to wear them all the time; these furry accessories keep hands and necks warm, while adding a little extra flair to your winter look. Knits are nice, but have you ever worn a faux fur collar or a pair of fur-trimmed gloves? Once you’ve tried them, you won’t look back – and the quality is high, so they’ll last you year on year.
6. Wrap Up in a Bright Knit
Shop the look: Kelly & Grace Weekend Textured Knit in Pink, Rowen Avenue Cashmere Blend Crew Neck in Blue
Over your black roll neck, a printed dress or a long sleeve t-shirt, wear a bright and colourful knit that – bonus – can even help to boost your mood. Shades of blue are thought to have a calming effect on your mindset, while pink is said to be a happy-making shade that also boasts soothing qualities. Whatever hue you choose, make sure it complements the rest of your outfit, and don’t be afraid to experiment with colour blocking. For example, that blue jumper would look super chic over a yellow dress.
Up next: Discover your complete guide to choosing the perfect winter coat.