Cold-Weather Style: How to Layer

Buffalo Exchange How to Layer Cold Weather

By Buffalo Exchange San Diego (Hillcrest) and Buffalo Exchange Boston (Somerville)

If you’ve ever felt like a complete marshmallow-shaped goober after bundling up for the snow, then you know staying stylish in the cold weather isn’t always easy. Luckily, it’s layering to the rescue! Layering gives you maximum flexibility, ensuring you stay warm when you need to without overheating when you finally make it inside. Plus, if you’ve ever had a morning where you just can’t decide which top you like better, now you don’t have to! When you layer, you can wear all your favorite pieces at once.

All About That Base

So, how to layer successfully? Start with a strong “base” item. This piece anchors your whole outfit and pulls all the disparate pieces together. Choose this item wisely – it will take center stage when you get inside and start shedding layers. Plus, you’ll probably wear it on its own come spring. Your base piece will help you determine the color palette for your entire outfit and figure out how many layers you can add without hulking out.

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Mix and Match

Don’t be afraid to mix patterns and textures – this is the key to successful layering! As long as you stick to the same color scheme, it makes for a super cool look. Overall, aim for balance. As an added bonus, mixing and matching allows you to get the most out of your existing wardrobe and prevents your winter looks from becoming too dark and monochromatic.

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Top It Off 

If you’re not sure how to layer anything else, focus on your outerwear. The key to looking and feeling great in the winter is the perfect coat. After all, when you’re outside in the elements, this is the piece everyone’s actually going to see. For maximum versatility, opt for a neutral color that compliments the rest of your wardrobe, but don’t be afraid to buy something with leather accents or other interesting details.

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Don’t Forget the Accessories!

To pull your entire look together and add some pizzazz, accessories are key. For a pop of color, throw on a bold oversized scarf. Then, stay warm with a beanie or a wide-brimmed hat and tall socks in a variety of textures and prints. While you’re at it, don’t forget the jewelry – statement bracelets and chunky necklaces can add excitement to your look all winter long.

When it comes to bags, a nice big tote is essential for winter. With a tote in hand, you can carry an extra pair of shoes for the especially slushy days and still look great. For footwear, we recommend a classic pair of Chelsea boots or a trendy over-the-knee boot. Doc Martens are also an essential part of our winter wardrobe!

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Shop Your Closet

Ready to try it out? Go into your closet, pull out all your sweaters and jackets and start experimenting. See what works well together. Try pairing a denim jacket with a sleeveless vest, a hooded pullover with a tailored blazer or a chunky sweater with a fitted turtleneck. Take note of what works, choose your base and you’re set! Happy layering!