Stylist and content creator Oluwaseun with her Acne Studios scarf. Photograph: c/o The Oluwaseun
Layering Pieces We Love
Yes, it’s cold–but layering up doesn’t have to sacrifice style.
by Vard Mov
The last couple years, layering has become really big. Long Line silhouettes and clashing textures have served as a direct reaction to the sleek minimalism of this current fashion moment. Today, layering is much more than just about staying warm in the winter–it’s the dominant style statement.
A perfect, shaping first or second layer that covers your whole body with one piece, and allows for a lot of playing around with top layers. We love this one from Skims.
Heat tech leggings
For those days where you just never feel warm, heat tech layers are first layer essentials. Try these inexpensive and soft ones from UNIQLO.
Tucked into pants, skirts–or entirely reimagined, long sleeve bodysuits are perfectly buildable, and flatter your form. We’re totally obsessed with this line from Babaton at Aritzia.
Wide leg pleated tailored pants have been very in this season–and they add that drapey, longline silhouette to any outfit. We love the Sloane Pants from Abercrombie–and most colors have matching blazers! Pro tip: if you’re a curvy girl or have a pear-shaped body, try their fits in ‘Curve Love’. Total game changer!
Arm warmer sweaters and shrugs
The perfect layering piece that adds a long-sleeve effect to your outfit without covering up your top or dress–not to mention, it’s such a feminine, ballerina-esque touch! While many retailers are starting to sell this item, our team has had the best luck finding hand-made sweaters on Etsy. Why not support a small business?
Oversized crewnecks and t-shirts
A crew neck over a button down with a mini-skirt, or an XL t-shirt over a pair of leather slacks with sneakers might be of the trendy outfits you’d see on a train in Brooklyn, but let’s admit it: oversized tops are in. Perfect for layering because they’re so big, we recommend grabbing your crewnecks and t’s from your local thrift store or buying vintage. Trust me, it’s just better that way.
A personal favorite look, puffer jackets add a pillowy texture that spice up a cloth outfit look. We love both the oversized puffer look, or a cropped puffer. For a tried and true classic, try the 1996 Retro Nuptse Jacket from The North Face.
If you know, you know–oversized scarves or ‘blanket scarves’ are making a resurgence this season. We love a colorful, patterned scarf over an otherwise muted outfit, especially these amazing ones from Acne Studios.
Scarf and hat not your thing? Maybe you witnessed balaclavas trending last winter and we have news for you: they’re here to stay. The key to the best balaclavas is softness, and our team loves the ones from Paloma Wool. Pro tip: pair with your best sunnies for that cool girl look.
Since you’re about to be the most stylish lady in your neighborhood, might as well finish your look with an amazing pair of boots. Not only will heeled or platform boots give you height for your layered, longline look, they also add a bit of chicness if the sheer amount of clothing you’re wearing was making you feel washed out. Our team’s personal favorites this season are these Steve Madden’s or these sustainable, made on demand boots from Alohas