Who doesn’t love a warm, layered outfit for winter? Layered looks can also feel great in warmer months (hello office AC!). The key is figuring out how to add pieces without adding bulk. The good news: you don’t have to sacrifice style, or your figure, for a layered look you can love. With the help of our easy layering tips and must-have pieces from our capsule wardrobe, we’ll show you how to layer like a pro in any season.
TIP 1: Layer pieces in the right order
The key to not looking over-layered is adding pieces in the right order. Start with your thinnest layer, like a 24/7 tee or tank, then add a lightweight sweater or sweatshirt and work your way up to a lightweight jacket, denim jacket or scarf. This gives you the freedom to shed or add a layer as you move through your day.
Tip 2: Play with unexpected combinations
Who says you can’t wear a pattern over, or under, stripes? Put your personality on display (and cheer up a gloomy day) when you pair a striped button-down with a fun, floral tee or sweater. Throw a cardigan on top or tie on a bright sweatshirt for added warmth and color. Ready to mix business with pleasure? Try a blazer over a graphic tee or striped sweater (with a layering cami underneath).
Tip 3: Mix patterns & textures
Create visual variety when you mix patterns and textures. Start your layered look with a soft, 24/7 tee or woven sweater. Next, add a smooth, rayon button-down or ribbed tunic. Finish with a cotton jacket or long vest with a gauzy scarf on top. Top off your look with a shining pendant and beaded bracelet.