Layers are a must in the winter to keep you warm, and since KC winters can be brutal, it can seem impossible to dress fashionably, warm and comfortably. Here are some basics to layering a great look. Think of dressing in layers in four separate categories: tops, bottoms, shoes and outerwear.
Tops are the trickiest, and usually are best in layers of 2 or 3. Your base layer should be the thinnest, like a cotton t-shirt or longsleeve. The middle layer is ideally a flannel, cardigan or sweater. Now, here is the decision: do you stop here? Or add one more layer? If you chose a flannel for your middle layer, you could comfortably wear a cardigan or sweater as your final layer. If you chose a cardigan as your middle layer, you could wear a heavier cardigan or light jacket and be plenty warm. If you chose a sweater as your middle layer, you can leave it as is, or wear a light jacket over. I wouldn’t recommend wearing a light jacket over a cardigan or sweater because you will start to look like a fat baby who can’t put their arms down.
Bottoms and shoes are the easiest. Unless you are like my dad, who wears Long-Johns under every pair of jeans in the winter, just stick to a classic denim jean. Although they aren’t waterproof, they’ll keep your legs warm. When I say “shoes,” I really mean socks. Getting thick socks for winter is a must. Smartwool socks are the reigning champs, but are on the expensive side, costing around $12 a pair. Gap is my favorite place to get cute, cheap socks…and they usually have a “3 for $15” deal.
Outerwear is the last step. A coat is a piece to invest in for two reasons: it keeps you warm, and it can sometimes be the only item people see of your outfit. This winter I chose a long wool coat from Zara, and my sister picked a shorter slim puffy coat. They both are different looks, but achieve the same purpose. Gloves, hats and scarves are finishing touches that are optional depending on the weather. Luckily, my new coat has a secret pocket inside, so I have my gloves ready at all times.
Layer 2: Add a flannel! This one is from a thrift store, but is originally Urban Outfitters
Layer 3: Add a sweater or cardigan! This sweater is from a thrift store.
Layer 4: Add your outerwear! I love my wool coat.