How To Layer The Right Way: Creatively And Without The Bulk

It’s that point of the year where the weather can’t make up its mind. Just this past Friday it was 50ºF and today it’s below freezing (at least in Cincinnati). Dressing for the weather can be a little bit tricky, because it’s so unpredictable. That’s why layering has become such an essential tactic to winter styling. I really wanted to chat about how to layer for these unpredictable weather conditions, but with fast results. Nobody’s got time to to change outfits twenty times (even though we already do that). Today, I want to share my secret tips for creating interesting layers on the fly!

Also Read: How To Master The Weather’s Mood Swings

1. Go For A Monochromatic Palette

By keeping your color palette to one range of a color, this narrows down your closet search. I always come up with the most unique outfits (I guess I’m a bit biased), when I stick to one color. For some reason, pairing different shades and tints of a color really blends nicely together. For example, I went for the brown color family with this outfit. White and creams are the tints of brown, and black is the ultimate shade of it. It really adds more definition and depth to the layering game, because a monochromatic look is an act of layering. Adding black and white to a base is the layering for colors. I find this is the quickest way to get a cool look together. Plus, you will notice that I use this tactic very frequently.

2. Layer Your Coats + Jackets

This tip needs a little bit of effort, because you have to look out for adding too much bulk and fabric. Although, coats and jackets tend to be a bit bulkier. It’s purpose is to layer over top of the rest of your clothes, and serve as a shield against the weather. Really use this to your advantage, and have fun pairing your jackets together. I layered a black denim jacket underneath this Free People bomber jacket.

First of all, denim goes with everything, and is the perfect fabric for layering. Plus, a bomber jacket is meant to be a little bit more on the oversized spectrum. The arms especially are meant to provide a little bit more fabric, which makes it perfect for layering coats under. Use this as an experiment to see which of your coats would look cool paired together! This is why I have such a difficult time saying no to buying jackets…

3. Overalls Are The New Jeans

Because the retro trends are so popular right now, overalls are taking the fashion scene by storm. I have been using them as my go-to piece to adding a unique vibe to my basic look. A sweater and a pair of jeans looks nice and super casual. By incorporating overalls into the look instead, you instantly have elevated your outfit to a whole new level of style. To me, overalls are so much more interesting and eye catching than jeans. Don’t get me wrong, I have a committed relationship with jeans. As of lately though, they’ve just been the quickest way to style a really cool look.

Accessories always play a huge role in styling an outfit, but you already knew that. I really just wanted to point out two accessories, that will really mesh well with any of your layered outfits this winter. The first, is this FEED bag. I discovered this brand, because of Blaire from Atlantic Pacific. She collaborated with them to create three different bags, that catered towards a specific cause. When you purchase any of the “Blaire” bags, it provides 50 meals to New York families in need through FEED’s local giving partner, Food Bank for NYC. What gets better than purchasing a bag with a cause? Plus, it’s currently on sale!

The second set of accessories I wanted to mention, were these shoes. Not only do they look like Cholé booties, but they are on sale. That’s right, for $24 you can have almost identical Cholé booties. You’re welcome.

I know there a million other tactics for layering for the winter months, but these are my not-so-secret-anymore tips to mastering the innovative layering game. Not only are the easy to implement, but they are foolproof for anyone to use. Plus, it allows you to really utilize what you already have in your closet. Let’s be real, we gotta save our money for all those spring and summer trends! Regardless, I hope these tips are of use to you in some way this season. Let me know what some of your go-to layering tips are for a creatively, cool look!

Bomber Jacker: Free People (another location) (another location) || Denim Jacket: ASOS (similar) (similar) || Striped Sweater: J.Crew (similar) || Overalls: ASOS (similar) || Shoes: Topshop ($24!) || Bag: FEED || Shades: Ray Ban || Lipstick: Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Matte Long Wear Lipstick in Gingerbread Man (similar) || Nail Polish: KL Polish in Caramello

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  1. February 12, 2018 / 9:56 pm

    I always love your edgy style especially when it comes to how you style denim. I love your photos too. Such a chic, layered Winter look with those amazing overalls. Love the athleisure appeal.

    Welcome by every Thursday and join my style linkup. You have amazing style!

    <3 Ada.

  2. Delia
    February 12, 2018 / 10:19 pm

    Love that jacket and your handbag!!!

  3. February 13, 2018 / 2:26 am

    This is just what I needed to read because it’s still so freakin cold here and I look like a marshmallow wearing 5 layers of clothes haha

  4. February 13, 2018 / 3:04 am

    You totally rock the layering girl. Love this cute jacket and love that overalls!

    cute & little

  5. February 13, 2018 / 4:31 am

    It never gets cold enough in Sydney for us to really have to layer and I’ve always avoided the cold because I’ve hated feeling bulky but you totally nail the layering game girl! You look so effortlessly chic in the snow and your pup is so damn cute!!

  6. February 13, 2018 / 5:06 am

    Great tips for layering! It all looks so good on you. I have tons of snow where I am too and I am soo over it. Warmer weather please come!

  7. Nataly
    February 13, 2018 / 8:18 am

    I love this post!! You are the layering queen!

  8. lydia
    February 13, 2018 / 10:20 am

    You killed it with layering girl! You know the right way to layer & I love it!

    xo, Lydia

  9. February 13, 2018 / 10:39 am

    Great post! Layering is always a bit tricky but these tips are so helpful!

  10. February 13, 2018 / 3:53 pm

    I’m all about the monochrome and then shaking up the layers with textures! Loving this shoot babe. Hugs, Kait

  11. February 13, 2018 / 5:19 pm

    love this jacket on you! I love the idea of playing with textures!


  12. February 13, 2018 / 10:21 pm

    Layering is essential here in MI too, one day 45, next day one foot of snow! I’m always dressing in layers and adding a fun pop of color to my outfit! Love your style!

  13. Stephanie
    February 14, 2018 / 8:38 am

    You’re making me wish for some more overalls in my closet. I have one pair of super skinny right now, but I want a pair of boyfriend style!

  14. Lacey Douthat
    February 15, 2018 / 8:54 am

    Obsessed with this outfit, but what I really need is that nail polish!



  15. February 16, 2018 / 6:43 pm

    Really enjoyed reading your post. Sometimes I struggle with layers and this was helpful. Thanks for sharing. Great pics.

  16. sharon wu
    February 18, 2018 / 1:27 pm

    these are some wonderful layering tips darling. too bad it never gets quite cold enough for me to layer here! haha

  17. jcrewismyfavstore
    February 18, 2018 / 8:49 pm

    I love this look! And, I love the point you make about keeping one color palette for layering purposes!

  18. adriana
    February 18, 2018 / 8:53 pm

    Love this! I LIVE for layers in the cold haha!

  19. February 19, 2018 / 12:40 am

    This is such a cute outfit and I love these photos! I’ve never experienced snow since I live in Mexico so I’m kind of excited to do so one day! xo

  20. February 19, 2018 / 12:01 pm

    This is so helpful!! I love this because it’s always so hard for me to stay warm without bulking up too much. Great tips! Xx

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