I used to find layering so intimidating. Probably because I grew up in Jakarta, a tropical city where the weather is typically a balmy 86°. And then in my teenage years, I moved to Texas, yet another (sort of) warm city. So I guess you can say I didn’t “grow up” learning how to layer. But really, layering doesn’t have to be complicated or difficult if you know the tricks. Read on to find out some of my favorites.
1. Invest in a good black turtleneck shirt
I probably have as many black turtleneck shirts as I do black tights. My favorite are the heattech ones from Uniqlo because they’re thin but still keep you warm. They are great as a layering base since they’re super versatile and go with pretty much everything.
2. Consider sizing up your coats and jackets
I tend to size up when buying my coats and jackets, especially the winter ones. Why? Because there’s nothing worse then trying to fit a sweater into the armhole of a jacket that’s too small. If you’re going to layer, chances are you’re going to need room around the arms.
3. Don’t be afraid to try draping
Another plus side of an oversized coat is that you have room to drape. This is a bit harder to do with the smaller sizes, since they have to fully wrap around your shoulder to “stay”. It really can really change up your look. Confused as to how you’ll wear your bag with a draped coat? You can either carry a clutch, or wear a crossbody bag under the clutch.
4. Play around with sleeve levels
Having your inner layer long and outer layer scrunched up, like I did with this look can add an extra dimension to the outfit.
5. Go easy and stick with the neutral colors
I’m not saying you shouldn’t mix patterns. But if you’re looking for a less complicated route to layering, stick a couple of neutral base colors with an addition of accent color. For this look I chose black and camel (can’t get any more basic than that) with a pop of burgundy.
My outfit Combo: faux fur jacket from H&M (find similar here, knit sweater from H&M, heattech turtleneck shirt from Uniqlo, accordion pleated pants from Pink Yotto (find similar here), pluma hat from Scala, tina ankle boots from Bill Blass.