7 Fresh Layering Ideas You Haven’t Thought of Yet

Doubling the number of clothes on your body doesn’t just mean adding extra cold-weather protection. It also means doubling your wardrobe’s potential and can add new life to pieces you thought might have run their course. Here are seven awesome new ways to layer your clothes that are guaranteed to bring in all the compliments.

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Oversize Sweater + Lace Skirt

Sure, a delicate fabric like lace won’t exactly do much in terms of adding warmth, but its contrast with cozy, chunky wool looks wonderfully chic and is much more interesting than a basic pair of opaque tights. You can also swap the sweater for a miniskirt to achieve the same effect.

Get the look: Vanity Fair skirt ($26); Topshop sweater ($75); J.Crew sweater ($110); Alice and Olivia dress ($395)

Off-the-shoulder Top + Turtleneck

Extend the life of your favorite summer style by pairing it with a cold-weather staple. The result is a surprisingly cohesive and totally unexpected look that we are totally in love with.

Get the look: A New Day turtleneck ($15); Stylekeepers top ($30); Kotn turtleneck ($45); Eloquii top ($80)

Ripped Jeans + Detailed Tights

A little peak of brightly colored stockings or a pair of fishnets will totally revamp the vibe of your distressed denim. Bonus: Wearing an extra layer under your pants will help keep your stems nice and warm without sacrificing style.

Get the look: Chelsea28 fishnet tights ($12); Hue tights ($19); American Eagle Outfitters jeans ($50); Pistola jeans ($98)

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Long Sweater Dress + Jeans

Those of us who like to experiment with clothes may have already tried sporting a sun or shirtdress over our denim, but this cold-weather version offers a brand-new take on the trend that’s perfect for running winter weekend errands. Choose a sweater dress made with a thinner knit to avoid adding too much bulk.

Get the look: Old Navy jeans ($40); Gap sweater dress ($72); DL1961 jeans ($188); Opening Ceremony sweater dress ($475)

Cropped Pants + Leggings

Choosing a pair of leggings that are two or three inches longer than the hem of your cropped trousers is a super-chic, totally fresh way to keep your legs toasty warm all winter long.

Get the look: Boohoo pants ($16); Club Monaco leggings ($90); BB Dakota leggings ($95); Club Monaco pants ($190)

Cropped Sweater + Peplum-hem Top

If you have a top whose lower half is really the star of the show (think peplums, fringe and feathered hems), then why not give those details a chance to really shine? Pair your top with a cropped sweater in a contrasting color that ends just where the fun detailing begins.

Get the look: Forever 21 sweater ($18); Three Dots top ($59); W118 by Walter Baker top ($79); AllSaints sweater ($201)

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Socks + Heels

By far the easiest hack to make wearing heels out in the cold bearable. It’s also a great way to fake this season’s hottest ankle boot trend, the sock boot. Just don’t try this with a pair so beloved, you’ve worn holes in the toes; springing for a new pair is definitely worth the $10 or less you’ll spend.

Get the look: ASOS socks ($7); Nordstrom socks ($7); Nine West heels ($79); M.Gemi heels ($198)

Abby Hepworth


Abby Hepworth is an RRCA-certified running coach who has worked in fashion for over 10 years. Want to know what shoes are in this season? She's got you. Need recommendations on...
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