How To Layer Clothes For Cold Weather

When it comes to the colder winter months, layering doesn’t always have to be so practical and not all winter trips call for icy or snowy weather. You may want to layer your clothing or dress up an outfit with an overcoat to showcase your personality and style or simply take a risk in fashion. However, it’s a great way to stay comfortable during the colder seasons. Dressing in layers prepares you for the unpredictable fall and winter weather, and if you layer properly, it’s tried and tested trick that allows you to slip layers on and off as the temperature and your activities change throughout the day. So today, I’m sharing how to layer clothes for cold weather to stay fashionably warm.

How To Layer Clothes For Cold Weather

So let’s talk layering! When it comes to layering for the cold weather, there are a few main benefits besides making a fashion statement.

  1. It allows you to stay warm and cozy during the when out and about in the colder weather, but can remove layers when you get settled at a dinner or by a cozy fire at a friends house.
  2. As you know, I love a great capsule wardrobe and this includes a travel capsule. Layering your capsule pieces make it more versatile allowing you to wear your staple pieces in more ways with layering.

Cold Weather Layering System

If you want to get a bit more technical, here is a 3 step layering system to follow if you are braving the colder weather.

  • A Base layer that keeps your skin dry.
  • A Mid layer (insulating layer) that keeps your body temperature warm and body heat controlled.
  • An Outer layer (shell layer): protects you and shields you from wind and rain. Always look for wind resistant or water resistant in the product details.
How To Layer Clothes For Cold Weather

Long Sherpa Jacket (sold out linked similar) one under $100 | Similar Boots | Sherpa Pullover | Faux Leather Leggings

For this cold weather look, lots of layers were involved. For my base layer, reach for a thermal long sleeve top, layered a sherpa pullover, and add another long sherpa for my outer layer. I was out on the town that day so I styled the tops with faux leather legging, wool socks, and snow boots from Rag & Bone. I added a Target scarf and Amazon sunglasses to finish the look.

Wide Range of Essentials to Dress for Cold Weather

Below I’m covering cold weather essentials to rotate on a chilly day or for your cold weather vacation. Simply click on any of the images for exact product details.

Winter base layer - How To Layer Clothes For Cold Weather

Sweaty Betty

Base Layer

When layering your clothing for colder weather, a base layer is always a good idea. This sweat-wicking, thermal, breathable and seamless set is the perfect base layer for colder days or a ski trip.

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Fleece Sherpa Insulating Mid Layer

Northface

Fleece Sherpa Insulating Mid Layer

Soft, high-pile fleece makes this zip hoodie a great insulating layer that can also hold its own against the cold.

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Shell Layer Down Vest

Northface

Shell Layer Down Vest

This sleeveless shell-layer down vest makes an excellent year-round layering piece for running errands or a ski trip.

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Down Puffer Outer Layer

Sam NYC

Down Puffer Outer Layer

This stylish puffer will keep you warm and is the perfect jacket for your ski outfit and is water-resistant as well as wind resistant.

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Sherpa Outer Layer - How To Layer Clothes For Cold Weather

Alo Yoga

Sherpa Outer Layer

Sherpa & trench — a match for the ages. The full-length, classic trench silhouette gets reinvented for right now in our cozy, coveted sherpa, with an open front and zippered pockets to keep your stuff safe en route to the studio and everywhere else.

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Wind & Water Resistant Jacket - How To Layer Clothes For Cold Weather

Woolrich

Wind & Water Resistant Jacket

This wind-resistant and water-resistant plush parka features bold logo lettering around the removable hood and a dramatic zipper on the side for easy ventilation.

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Merino Wool Jacket

Icebreaker

Merino Wool Jacket

A funneled neckline with hood blocks out chilly drafts in this minimalist performance jacket of felted merino wool that’s warm, breathable and durable.

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Middle Layer Cashmere Sweater

Nordstrom

Middle Layer Cashmere Sweater

Elevate your mid-layer in this relaxed-fit hoodie knit from a supremely soft cashmere blend.

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Wool Socks

Mio Marino

Wool Socks

These soft wool socks are the perfect base layer to keep your feet warm when you dress for cold weather. The reinforced rib design keeps them from slouching so they keep their shape and stay put and come in a wide range 4 pack.

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Cashmere Beanie

Nordstrom

Cashmere Beanie

Regulating your body temperature and body heat can be a challenging factor when out in the cold. This textured cuffed beanie knit from luxe recycled cashmere and comes in a wide range of colors and is great for completing your outer shell.

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All Weather Touchscreen Gloves

Ugg

All Weather Touchscreen Gloves

These gloves allow you to stay warm while being connected no matter the weather in these touchscreen-compatible, quilted all-weather gloves trimmed with cozy, genuine shearling cuffs.

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Cashmere Scarf

Nordstrom

Cashmere Scarf

This luxe cashmere scarf is knit with soft ribbing for adding extra layers when staying warm out in the cold. It also comes in a wide range of colors to match any of your winter outfits.

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Cold Weather Snow Boots

Inuikii

Cold Weather Snow Boots

A classic and cozy sneaker-inspired boot that’s perfect for keeping your toes toasty, these Inuikii booties are a two-tone version of the label’s signature style—and a pair you’ll want to wear all season long.

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Chic Winter Outfit Ideas on Layering Your Clothing

Winter White Work Outfit Idea
Chic Winter Outfit Ideas - How To Layer Clothes For Cold Weather

Amazon Pouch Bag | Cream Trousers | Cream Wool Coat | Half Zip Sweater

When it comes to layering for work, this winter white outfit idea is the perfect option to look chic and put together to stay warm. I started with a base layer of long sleeve white tee, added a zip-up sweater for my mid-layer and a merino wool coat will keep your body temperature warm. I accessorized with a tonal matching amazon clutch and my Krewe sunglasses.

Black and White Winter Work Outfit idea
Black and White Winter Work Outfit idea

Mackage Black Wool Coat | Target Blanket Scarf | Chanel Black Bag | Black Round Sunglasses

Another outfit idea for work is a chic black and white look. Here I kept the base layer tonal with an all-black trouser and black wool coat for my outer layer. On a colder day, I added a chunky scarf for extra layering, round black eyewear and a black tall boot under my trousers.

Sherpa Jacket and Legging Outfit Idea
Sherpa Jacket and Legging Outfit Idea

Alo Sherpa Jacket / Similar Sneakers / Snakeskin Leggings

As the new year kicks in, most of us are setting new wellness goals but being outside requires layering your clothing. This Alo Sherpa jacket is the perfect option for your outdoor workouts or a midi layer on your ski trip. You can easily style it with printed legging like I did above or wear it with faux leather legging and a winter boot.

Boyfriend Blazer & Chunky Knit Scarf Outfit Idea
Boyfriend Blazer & Chunky Knit Scarf Outfit Idea - How To Layer Clothes For Cold Weather

Anine Bing Boyfriend Blazer | Agolde Lana Straight Leg Jean | Target Scarf | Suede Pumps

This boyfriend blazer and scarf outfit is the perfect transition from fall to winter look when you dress for cold weather. I got this scarf at Target and it’s perfect for adding extra layers when the temps don’t call for an outer layer yet but you want to add to your outer layer.

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