How to Layer for Winter

How to Layer for Winter

Can you believe it? It’s wintertime already! Autumn has certainly brought a taster of the winter chill, but we still need to get our winter wardrobes in order before the cold really sets in. No matter where you live in Australia, you can probably relate to the need to add and peel off layers based on the ever-changing weather forecast and walking between inside and outside. Let us answer all your questions on how to layer for winter and help you achieve an effortlessly put together look without feeling like the bulky Michelin Man!

7 June 2021

As much as we love our spring dresses, summer shorts and being in the warm sunshine, the wintertime is a great time to show off our styling skills and play with new fashion trends! Don’t be afraid to continue to embrace colour and prints throughout the wintertime and let your outfit lift your spirits even on the greyest of days.

1. Choose your base layers.

1. Choose your base layers.

Have you ever experienced the cringe-worthy moment of needing to take your layers off but feeling like your base layer is not so cute? This might just be the result of a poorly planned foundational layer. If you can nail the base layer, then you set the tone for a picture-perfect outfit and kill that de-layering fear. The key with your first layer is to make them well fitted and lightweight, and most importantly in complimentary colours.

How To Layer For Winter
How To Layer For Winter

2. Make the most of warm fabrics.

2. Make the most of warm fabrics.

Fabrics such as wool and cotton are great insulators and can keep your body warm without the need for extra bulk. Therefore, you’ll often find miracle materials use in womens knits, cardigans and other womens winter clothing items. Consider these cozy fabrics as your second layer before reaching to add a coat or jacket. Knits, cardigans, blazers are all solid second layer options. Another great tip is to swap out leggings for Ponte pants. Our Austen Ponte Pants have that added thickness for warmth without the loss of stretch and comfort.

How To Layer For Winter
How To Layer For Winter

3. Add a thick outer layer.

3. Add a thick outer layer.

Okay, so your base and second layer are looking on point! But it’s freezing outside, and you need something to protect you from the wind. Enter your thicker coat, jacket, or chunky knit to complete the layered look. This is going to keep your outfit balanced and prepare you for whatever the temperature throws your way. If you work in a corporate office this is particularly handy if you know that your workspace’s heating is going to keep you warm but need an extra layer for the morning commute. It’s important to think about the length of your outerwear in relationship to the layers you’re wearing below. Generally, your outer layer should be the longest of all layers, however cropped jackets can work well too.

How To Layer For Winter
How To Layer For Winter

4. Cover up your exposed skin.

4. Cover up your exposed skin.

Most of you can probably agree that no matter how many layers you are wearing; if your feet, hands, ears, or neck are left uncovered, you’ll still feel cold. Add an extra layer, whether that be boots, gloves, berets or scarves for that final finishing touch to achieve that “snug as a bug in a rug” feeling. An added bonus is that these great winter accessories while keeping you warm, also make great fashion statements. They enhance your outfit in a fun way and allow you to express your own personal style.

How To Layer For Winter
How To Layer For Winter

5. Remember your proportions.

5. Remember your proportions.

The key to a creating a perfectly balanced winter outfit is making sure you are not too heavily layered in any one place. This is going to create a more flattering silhouette and have you feeling your best. If you are wearing a lot of bulky layers on top, it is good to opt for a slim and sleek bottom and vice versa! A voluminous bottom half calls for tailored and form fitting tops and jackets.

Now that you’re an expert on how to wear layers in winter, explore Review’s New Arrivals to add exciting winter pieces to your wardrobe.