Master Layering for a Stylish Look even in Winter!

Combining comfort and style , a difficult exercise when the temperatures are at their lowest. We tend to sacrifice our style to face the rigors of winter. But all that is over! With our advice on layering, you will become a master in the art of layering your clothes with taste and subtlety.
Let's get straight to the point: the problem with layering is often to find a way to refine your silhouette despite the layers of clothing.
The question that therefore arises is:

How to master layering and not look like Bibendum Michelin ?

1) The rules of the “underside” of layering

Wearing your layers from the thinnest to the thickest is important to remember because part of the art of layering is to reduce the thickening of the silhouette . Therefore, prohibition to wear thick or loose materials underneath, at the risk of creating large unsightly folds which will give the impression that you have a good twenty bulges that walk around freely. Add to that the fact that close-fitting cuts retain heat better than loose cuts thanks to the effect of micro-friction with the skin. So opt for under sweaters, bodysuits or small tight polyester tank tops for example (warm, tight and thin).
Just pay attention to the necklines, it has to stay harmonious or invisible!

2) Play with horizontal and vertical layers of clothing

Good news: The vertical layering will allow you to lengthen your silhouette .

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However, since it involves leaving the clothes open, it is important to pair it with a horizontal layering, which certainly can widen the silhouette but will protect you from the cold.

horizontal layering shirt and sweater

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So below: horizontal layering of clothing (for warmth)
Above: vertical clothing layer (for the silhouette)

An example of layering with an original look :

Start with a shirt with printed patterns (see collection) . Add a solid color knit sweater. This is a horizontal layering as the shirt will stick out at the bottom and at the collar.

Enrich the outfit with a more rigid jacket with a straight or curved fit to refine the silhouette like a blazer, a small denim jacket or even a perfecto for a casual style. Accompany everything with slim pants and finish with a long coat (preferably open for verticality) and an XXL scarf for its vertical fall.

Layering of coats and XXL scarf
Photo of Mwangi Gatheca

Don't forget that your legs are an excellent asset for verticality! So also bet on shorts and skirts to lengthen your silhouette . If you think it's too cold to wear a skirt… Read on!

3) Double your pantyhose, wear stockings and woolen socks

Yes, it is possible to be warmer in a skirt than in pants! The micro-friction of the tights on your skin helps to create heat so don't hesitate to show off your legs in winter to slim down your figure and double your tights , girls! You can also opt for:

Chunky woolen socks to leave slightly protruding from your boots.

Photo by Nevina Allee
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Or for mid-thigh stockings for a more cute and sexy look.

Photo by Nanoud

4 ) Mix light and heavy materials

It is necessary to allow the differentiation of the superimpositions so as not to look like a “block of materials”. without pace.

For example, wear a woolen sweater over a lace top , a woolen coat over a denim jacket, a cardigan over a leather jacket (yes, that's hot!).

5) Prints, colors: yes, but !

When you layer, you inevitably weigh down the silhouette, so a word of advice avoid wearing a printed garment as the main part of your outfit.
However, small prints underneath can add a very nice little touch.

You can also wear the floral print. A flowery printed skirt/dress, a large knitted sweater over it, stockings, ankle boots... all topped off with a felt hat and you're done!

6) The hoodie is no longer reserved for complexed teenagers !

For a slightly more streetwear touch that keeps you warm, the hoodie!
Worn with skinny jeans and ankle boots for a rock style like a true Anglo-Saxon or even a long hooded sweater accompanied by wool stockings for a cute style, it's up to you ☺.

A perfect layering idea: T-shirt + hoodie + leather jacket
So we're not hot like that?

7) Layer two coats or two scarves 

Yes, if it is allowed!
For example: Wool coat + parka, leather jacket + wool coat, denim jacket + leather jacket, blazer + wool coat, 2 different colored wool coats… promise, this is not a Chinese puzzle !

There isn't just one perfect answer, but rather a multitude of creative ideas for looking stylish while staying warm .

double-coat layering alex closet small prints
Photo by Alex Closet

End your outfit with one (or two, for the more chilly) long scarves !

If you opt for two, choose two different textures or wear two scarves layered on top of each other. And we do not forget the verticality!

women's scarf 100% wool colorful autumn

8) And finally, 2 essential tips :

D e sheath the belt
In order to avoid a crammed and cramped look under a multitude of layers of clothing, we adopt the reflex of the belt to emphasize our waist and thus structure our silhouette with lightness . (over a sweater dress or a coat for example)

Wear a necklace
It will bring verticality to your outfit and refine your silhouette by optical illusion. A must-have!

There you go girls, you know all about layering ! It's your turn ;)

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