It's Layering Season! Here Are 5 Ways To Master The Art Of Piling On Clothes

It's easier than you think to layer basics for both warmth and style.
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It's easier than you think to layer basics for both warmth and style.

Winter has almost officially arrived, but if you’re anything like me (i.e. stubborn as hell), you want to hold off as long as you can from wearing that black puffy coat that makes you feel like a walking burnt marshmallow. 

Layering is a great way to postpone the inevitable, and it can look incredibly stylish. Here are some ways to layer basics for both warmth and style (starring my sister -- my favorite model).

Chambray Shirt + Grandpa Fisherman Cardigan

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At this point, I think pretty much everyone I know has a denim shirt in their wardrobe. A heavy cable-knit cardigan, like this one from Gap, adds additional coziness to your Canadian tuxedo, as well as laid-back cool. 

When it gets below 30 degrees, the way it’s been here in Northern Virginia, throw a cute army jacket over the whole thing for instant utilitarian style.

Leggings + Ripped Jeans

Steaming mug of coffee and cute beanie also help with the chill.

Steaming mug of coffee and cute beanie also help with the chill.

How to solve the problem of the draft blowing into your favorite distressed slouchy boyfriend jeans that you bought this fall? Go grunge and layer with leggings underneath. 

Basic black is easy, but try leggings with a pop of color or print, like these from Forever 21, for a funkier look. Boyfriend jeans work well for this because they tend to be a little roomier, but a skinny with some stretch would also work.

Cropped Sweater + Mini Dress + Skinny Jeans

SO MANY EARLY '90s VIBES.

SO MANY EARLY '90s VIBES.

Cropped sweaters were another huge late-summer/fall trend, but what do you do when it’s too chilly to bare your belly? Add a mini dress. And when it’s too cold for bare legs under that mini dress? Add a pair of skinny jeans.

It’s like you stepped right out of a Delia’s catalog. Only with better Internet access.

Tights + Knee Socks + Boots

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Tights and boots are definitely a cold-weather staple, but adding a pair of knee socks, like these from Anthropologie, takes the cozy level up a notch. Not only are your feet warmer, but a little bit of sock peeking out from the top of your boot is super-wintry. 

Now all you need is a rustic lodge and a fireplace to curl up next to.

Long Tank + Sweater + Denim Jacket + Pashmina

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This is Advanced Level Layering. You have to get the proportions just right. 

The tank should only be slightly longer than the sweater (covering your booty if you’re planning on wearing leggings), and then the jacket should be slightly cropped. A printed pashmina works as an oversized scarf.

What are your favorite layered looks when the temperatures drop?

Images courtesy of Jayme Cawthern of Miskabelle Vintage.