Layer outerwear for warmth and style

The best thing about layering sweaters, coats, and scarves is that, when done well, it creates a look that appears effortlessly chic.

Coats and jackets don’t have to be solely functional. Make your outerwear a style feature by using layers. You can create endless outfits by mixing different pieces of your wardrobe. The best thing about layering sweaters, coats, and scarves is that, when done well, it creates a look that appears effortlessly chic.

Skip the heavy jacket

One those crisp autumn afternoons and brisk spring mornings, skip the heavy winter jacket and go for an over-sized cardigan and a knee-length parka, or a button-down shirt and a leather jacket or blazer.

Leave your outerwear open to show off your layers underneath; a silk tank paired with a cotton top, or a lace blouse. Be creative, transforming some of those overlooked items into style gems. Have fun mixing and matching different patterns, colors, and textures. Think lace with denim, corduroy with cashmere, and nature prints with pastels. Experiment with different lengths, a long button down with a waist-length jacket for example, to get the look that you want.

Outerwear accessories

When it is cold outside, you definitely want to bundle up in a warm coat , but this doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. To look feminine, sophisticated, bold, or bohemian, accessorize. Scarves and hats are chilly weather must haves.

Use a bright scarf to accent a neutral jacket. Look for scarves with fringes or ruffles to add texture to a sleek coat. Hats are great for keeping you warm, for protecting your hair from the elements, and for adding that perfect touch to a winter outfit. Warm, fuzzy berets and beanies look great over long hair. Pair a military cap or a black fedora with a denim vest and a floral print skirt.

You can also add to your look by keeping your legs and feet warm. Layer a pair of knit leg warmers over your tights. Leg warmers work well when you want to add color and texture to plain tights and a pair of ballet flats or heels. Pair leggings with an over-sized shirt, a jean jacket, and boots. Tall boots are perfect for keeping your feet warm and for making a pair of plain, black leggings look gorgeous.

By layering different jackets, coats , sweaters, and accessories, you can add versatility and originality to your look. You can also make a simple hat or cardigan really shine, just by pairing it with the right pieces. Think of your outerwear as another opportunity to add to your appearance, and to express your personal style, and to stay warm!