The Art of Winter Layering

When you first start to feel the winter chill on the tip of your nose, it means that snowstorms and icy winds are on the way. You may also take it as your cue to swap anything trendy in your closet for chunky, shapeless sweaters. Forget that! We’re here to tell you that you don’t have to compromise style for warmth.  Knit sweaters and down coats can be excellent accessories if you know how to mix and match. This season, follow these simple tips to make winter dressing easy. All you have to do is layer!

Light Layers Are Key

The most important part of layering is finding a base layer. It should be thin and fitted to the body—almost like a second skin. Start with a lightweight cami, t-shirt or turtleneck. Next, slip into a sweater, cardigan or blazer to experiment with different styles and garment lengths.

Flatter Your Silhouette

Make sure your waistline doesn’t get lost in comfortable yet bulky fabrics. Trying out new warm textures is fun, but remember to accentuate your natural silhouette. Use structured pieces, belts and long necklaces to flatter and elongate.

Don’t be Afraid

With winter style comes endless outfit possibilities. Instead of feeling intimidated by extra layers, take this as an opportunity to switch up your go-to outfits. Add a shawl or poncho to your wardrobe and dare to mix fabrics. For polished looks, stick to one colour palette and use bold accents to brighten up neutral-toned outfits.

Choose the Right Coat

Finding a winter coat that works for you is a must. So before you start shopping, think about what you’ll need in a coat. Are you going to be driving to work or taking public transportation? Will you be going on walks with your dog in the morning? Figure out how long you’ll be outside on a daily basis to determine your needs.

If you’ll be doing a lot of walking this winter, your best bet is to go for a coat with synthetic or natural down. But if you spend a lot of your time in your car, you can look for a thinner wool blend.

Accessorize. Accessorize. Accessorize!

When searching for the perfect coat, you may find yourself preoccupied with whether or not the style you like has a removable hood and functional pockets. Just don’t forget to accessorize! There’s nothing better than wrapping your neck in a soft scarf that adds a little cold-weather style to your new coat.

If you keep these tips in mind, you’ll be able to face the cold in style. But above all, remember to have fun putting together your new winter outfits!

Adapted from French by Kylee Ross

Written by Ariane Gagnon

Ariane holds a bachelor’s degree in creative writing, and has worked for the past few years to establish herself as a web writer. Her favourite topics to cover include literature, beauty & fashion. She refers to herself as a Mini-Wheat: part wholesome writer, part delightfully sweet fashionista. Publishing her first poetry collection, a dream she has focused on since her teenage years, has recently come true. During her free time, she likes strolling from secondhand bookstore to vintage clothing shop, coffee in hand.

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