Transition into Winter with Layering 101

The universal transition period from vacation mode back to reality is upon us. If your fashion sense has fallen victim to lazy days following festive nights, we’re here to help you get back into the swing of things. Because rejoining your routine after a long break just feels better when you’ve got a great outfit on.

Winter can feel like a long stretch, so it’s best to keep things creative at this point in the season. Layering is an easy way to avoid an outfit rut and, of course, stay warm. Your cold weather looks can be surprisingly versatile with just a handful of essentials. Think: comfy sweaters layered over basic blouses, cool accessories like beanies and scarves, and even a leather jacket for those in milder temps.

With so many potential combinations, you don’t need to sacrifice style for cozy comfort. Winter layering 101 is now in session.

Cold Weather: Dress

Just because it’s cold doesn’t mean you have to ditch your dresses. Style your favorite fitted dress with layers underneath and on top. For under, try a slim turtleneck or sweater along with tights and boots. Top it off with a sweater or jacket, plus an oversize scarf.

Coat: Ainea (similar option)

Cold Weather: Cardigan

A long cardigan is a cozy addition underneath a cropped jacket (or stay extra warm with a long second layer). The different textures add dimension that we love, but make sure the cardigan isn’t too chunky or you’ll have a hard time finding a comfortable top layer.

Cold Weather: Outerwear

We’ll cover all the winter outerwear bases soon, but our advice for now is easy: don’t be afraid to stand out! This time of year, your coat is the most important component of your look, so make sure the fit and warmth are right. Don’t be modest, either; it’s okay to pile it all on. When the mercury drops, keep warm with a blouse layered under a sweater, then topped with a cool jacket and paired with a trouser.

Jacket: Tanya Taylor // Bag: Staud 

Warmer Weather: Dress  

You’ve seen us layer a sweater over a dress tons of times, especially during the Fall. Whether you want to channel winter weather, or aim to dress down a look, this combo is a simple solution. Choose a slip dress for a fresh, textured take on one of this year’s staples. Styling suggestion: make sure the dress isn’t too short so you can really show off those layers.

Dress: Dress the Population // Bag: Carolina Santo Domingo

Warmer Weather: Outerwear

A cropped jacket adds just the right amount of warmth so you can avoid overheating while indoors. This style works in a variety of fabrics, from leather and denim to cotton, and adds an edgy touch thanks to the uneven lengths. Underneath the jacket, the options are endless. A few ideas for base layers include your favorite t-shirt, bodysuit or white blouse. This type of jacket makes your go-to maxi dress or shirt dress a viable option during the cooler months, too.

Underpinning: Milly // Jacket: Iro // Skirt: McQ

Sometimes, no matter how many layers you throw on, this time of year can still bring on the winter blues. That’s especially real after the cheerful holiday season spent with family and friends. We’re not professionals in this area, but being Floridians, we have seen our fair share of winter scaries. We found a few ways to combat the cold and have fun. Here are some tips for the…

  • Shopper: There are so many sales going on right now. We suggest checking out that winter coat you’ve been eyeing
  • Health Conscious: Try a new recipe and a new workout. Both will invigorate you as you move into the new year
  • Foodie: Eating is the perfect indoor activity. Make a reservation at that new restaurant that you’ve been wanting to try
  • Traveler: Book a fun weekend getaway for next month and start the planning process, even if it’s just a car ride away
  • Explorer: As new parents, we are excited to take Liv out and about in the city. We’re thinking a new exhibit at a museum or a fun new show!

We’re sending warm wishes and positivity your way as we kick off the new year. The best fashion resolution we can suggest is to be confident and comfortable in anything you put on, whether it’s new or not. That said, if you’re feeling a change, strut in a new shoe or a bold statement lip for an instant boost.



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