Winter Layering Tricks We Picked Up From Street Style Stars
Our number one goal in winter? That’s easy. To stay warm while still flaunting fashion. Easier said than done, though, with
inches feet of snow. Not to mention bone-chilling temps. So we’re doing what we always do in trying sartorial times. Turn to the street style crowd, of course. That’s how we picked up some truly helpful winter layering tricks.
Truth is, the fashion faithful don’t mind the cold. Why? Because it gives them a chance to show off their superior layering skills. Whether it involves piling on coats the Balenciaga way or using fashion’s trademark layering device, the turtleneck, the street style set knows how to build looks. Substituting a sweater for a scarf, wearing skirts over pants or layering your jewelry so it can still be appreciated. These are all tips we gleaned from the pros. Then there are the “why didn’t I think of that?” moments. Like reversing the position of your trench and your blazer. Or rocking one of your newly-purchased boleros over a cool textured turtleneck. And that, as they so often say, is just the tip of the iceberg.
So are you finally ready to embrace the season? Then go ahead and keep scrolling to see some easy winter layering tips with style to spare.
Layering jackets is still very much a thing. Try slipping on one neutral coat over another. A red cardigan (half tucked, of course) and faux leather pants add even more edge.
Don’t put away those bustier tops just yet. You can still wear yours in winter if you sport it over a turtleneck. Work in a blazer along with baggy pants tucked into your boots and wrap up the look with a heavy coat.
Top off a pinstripe suit and black shirt combo with a cropped puffer. Black gloves and black boots pull it all together.
Embrace the bolero trend by slipping one on over a textured turtleneck. Belted jeans, chunky boots and a teddy coat elevate the ensemble.
Flip the script by wearing your blazer over your belted trench. A neutral turtleneck and burgundy boots complete the outfit.
Show your stripes by layering a long striped cardigan over a striped sweater. Add in black leggings and boots to complete the look.
Flaunt your favorite quilted coat by wearing it over a turtleneck and patterned dress combo. Stark knee-high boots will prevent your lower legs from getting cold while taking the look up a notch.
Rock grunge like a boss by topping off a plaid skirt with a hoodie and striped blazer. Polish off the look with a black puffer and combat boots.
Scarves are winter staples. Instead of wrapping one around your neck, place it over one shoulder. Let your shirt cuffs poke out of your blazer’s sleeves and tuck your tan pants into your off-white boots.
Who needs a scarf when you have a sweater? Stick with neutrals and finish off a work-appropriate outfit with a textured sweater draped around your neck and animal print pumps.
Animal prints are going to be sticking around a while. So a wild cardigan over a black top and pants will still be chic come 2021. Drape a plaid jacket on top and cap off the look with neutral pumps.
This look gives the term three-piece suit new meaning. Opt for a blazer and pant set in a bright color, then slip on a miniskirt in the same color over the pants. Keep your top and boots white, but introduce a pop of pattern via your bag.
Placing a necklace over a turtleneck used to be considered a fashion faux pas. But not anymore. Layer a statement necklace over a black turtleneck, then work in a patterned skirt, black leggings and brown boots (mixing brown and black is another former faux pas).
Let your turtleneck take center stage by only buttoning the bottom half of your button-down. HR-approved slacks, a long coat and chunky boots ground the ensemble.
Shearling vests will keep you just as warm as shearling coats — as long as you layer yours over another jacket. Just add jeans and two-tone square-toe boots.
We’re all for resurrecting the denim maxi skirt. Tuck a ribbed turtleneck and neutral button-down into your jean skirt, then top things off with a buttery cropped jacket.
Dig out your one-shoulder tops from the back of your closet. Pick your fave and slip it on over a white turtleneck. Wide-leg pants and a shiny coat secured with a belt bag make the look.
A brightly patterned sweater lets you wear your favorite black leather dress all year long. A black jacket, tights and kicks will keep you warm and comfy.
A ribbed cardigan and matching pants are the epitome of cozy. Layer the cardi over a sweater or sweatshirt and top it all off with a graphic puffer.
What’s better than one teddy jacket? Two, duh. Slacks and sneakers are all you need to round out the look.
Show off the ruffled collar and hem of your dress by working in a blazer in a corresponding hue. Black leggings and statement footwear amp up the look.
Here’s a fresh way to do double denim. Start off with a white turtleneck, then add in a lacy see-through dress, faded blue jeans and a matching jean jacket.
Colorblocking FTW. Take a lightweight jacket and tuck it into patchwork jeans. Then drape another jacket on top. The colorful patterned boots and accordion bag are highly recommended.
Yes, you can go sheer in winter. Slip on a bright sheer top over a ribbed sweater and striped pants. A brown leather trench and green boots bring the look together.
Add a little color to a dark top and matching pants by slipping on a patterned turtleneck underneath and a bright green puffer on top.
Rein in a white turtleneck and button-down with a bold belt. Keep the rest of the look relaxed with a draped trench and slightly flared jeans.
If your office always feels subzero, try placing a colorful top over a neutral shirt with the collar of the latter fully visible. Tuck both into wide-leg khakis and drape a blazer on top.
Tuck a turtleneck sweater into two-tone leggings or pants. A logo-clad jacket and flashy heels complete the look.
Layer a short brown jacket under a classic trench for a cool contrast. Bonus points for pushing up the sleeves of the trench. Stick with neutrals when it comes to the rest of your ensemble.
A sweater coat is a sartorial secret weapon this time of year. Wear one over a cardigan over a lacy cami. Side-striped pants and pointy boots further define the look.
A basic white button-down and black tee get an upgrade courtesy of emerald green pants and a shiny black jacket.
As long as you're layering, pile on your necklaces over a mock-neck, cable-knit sweater. Tuck your hair into said sweater, then tuck the knit into pants in the same color palette. A fierce bucket hat and a white coat heat things up.
Swap your maxi dress for a maxi coat. Draw even more attention to your outerwear with a colorful button-down boasting a structured collar layered over a black top.
When your scarf makes this much of a statement, why would you want to cover it up with a coat? Layer it over a plaid blazer and add in khakis and high-tops to wrap up the look.
Winterize a dressy blouse and maxi skirt by layering a fancy liner jacket on top. Then slip on a heavier and fluffier coat to finish things off.
Make a cocktail dress work in daytime by wearing it over a black V-neck sweater and a crisp button-down. Don’t forget your structured wool coat, black ribbed tights, peep-toes and frame bag.
For those brutally cold days, layer a tee under a henley under a wool coat under another wool coat. Plaid pants and maroon boots make it fashion.
Drape a textured blazer over a chunky sweater teamed with a plaid, pleated skirt. Cap things off with black platform boots.
Overalls are surprisingly versatile. Slip on a teddy jacket underneath to stay cozy and then wrap up the look with a colorful oversized coat.