Fashion tips: How to layer for winter cold months
Jackets, sweaters and coats are all examples of layers. Layering is a great way to add warmth to your outfit without looking like you’re wearing a bulky coat. To layer effectively, you need to start with your base layer, which is the closest piece to your skin. This becomes your base layer and its job is to keep you warm and dry while protecting you from the elements.
Base layer basics: Your base layer should keep you comfortably warm and dry. If you think about it, there are no significant advantages to having a body layer. Most of the time, a body layer acts as a blanket, not a coating. However, you should always have your outer layer. The outer layer insulates you from the cold and acts as your insulation against the wind. It should be breathable and wicking enough to make you look and feel dry.
On that note, your next layer should also keep you dry. It should contain some moisture-wicking material that helps you stay dry even when your base layer is wet. In the winter, most base layers will not keep you dry, as they are too big and too thin and while you can turn them inside out, that won’t give the insulating warmth you seek. To find your next perfect layer, think about wearing your base layer on its own and then putting on the next layer underneath it. Be sure your next layer is breathable, as when it’s more breathable, it keeps you dry and you will naturally stay warm.
Your final layer should act as insulation for your body and should also be breathable. Your final layer should not be too warm or too horribly cold. In fact, it shouldn’t be any different than your base layer.
In the context of dressing for the seasons, we have another general rule: change from one season to the next in just one piece of clothing. Changing from cold weather to warm weather in a single piece of clothing is what we should be aiming for.
Fashion tips: What to wear with leggings
If you are constantly thinking about what to wear with your leggings, opt for a loose-fitting top like a chunky knit sweater or a tunic top. If you want to wear a dress, choose one that ends around your knee to avoid showing too much skin if you bend over.
If you’re looking for additional layers or want to peel back the layers you’ve got, you can do the same with your skirt, throwing on a few crinoline accent pieces and experimenting with different necklaces and bracelets to keep your look dynamic.
If you’ve got a dress in your closet, then you have an entire wardrobe to experiment with. Consider lining up the bottom of your wardrobe to create a custom dress. For example, if you’re looking for a midi, strappy shirt that you can layer under a sporty top, try lining all your bottoms with a matching lining to protect the dress from wear and tear.
This can be a tricky one, but one that’s worth doing if you’re looking to update your look from something boring to something extra sophisticated.
Statement jewelry is a great way to stand out.
Dressing up does more than just make you look sophisticated - it also ensures that your clothes match your personality.