As the weather gets colder, you can either start bundling up in chunky sweaters and winter coats or you can casually add layers that can easily be removed if you heat up. Texture, shape, silhouette, drape—all of these come into play in the colder months because of the uniting theme when it comes to winter dressing – layering.
Layering is the key to setting yourself up for visually interesting outfits in the winter months. To avoid looking too bulky, remember to layer thin to thick, and light to heavy. A perfectly layered look will compliment your curves and create the illusion of a more proportional silhouette. Keep the under-layers more fitted to keep your shape looking slim. And if you’re concerned about your waistline, try to top off your look with something belted.
Pop a turtleneck and a pair of tights under your favourite mid-to-floor-length dress, dress up a hoodie by styling it with a classic wool coat, wear a small jacket under a heavy coat, a casual sweat suit with a luxe jacket…. Textures, patterns, fabrics, colors – play them off of each other. Experiment with lengths and size to find what’s best for you.
Layering allows colour-lovers to work in several different tones and shades into an unified look. Make sure that all of your pieces are classic in colour and style, so that wearing a bunch of them at the same time doesn’t look sloppy or unintentional. Going print-on-print means patterns need to be on scale, relative in size and not too busy. If one layer has a print or pattern the others will tie in best if they are solid but complimentary colours.
And lastly, remember: LAYERING IS ABOUT ADDING INTEREST NOT BULK!
Photo: Daniel Kim @walkingcanucks, The Coveteur