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Layering Tips for Winter Days

Getting ready when winter’s chill is at its strongest means you need to be prepared with lots of great layers. Look fabulous and stay warm and cozy with these simple layering tips!

Get Stocked up at the Start of the Season

Don’t wait until old man winter is knocking at your door; stock up on winter layering basics at the start of the season so you have plenty of go-to items to see you through the chilly temps. Basics you’ll want to include in your winter wardrobe are:

  • Camis or tank tops
  • Basic undershirts
  • Fitted and loose long- and short-sleeve tees
  • Thermal garments/long underwear
  • Henley shirts
  • Flannel shirts
  • Tunic tops of varying weights for women
  • Turtlenecks
  • Fleece jackets
  • Hoodies
  • Cardigans or button-up sweaters
  • Pullover sweaters
  • Open-front sweaters for ladies
  • Several colors and styles of denim pants
  • Corduroy pants
  • Winter skirts done in long lengths or heavy fabrics like corduroy
  • Leggings and winter hosiery like warm tights
  • Wool pants or twill for work and dressy occasions
  • Various styles of sweatpants for weekend, casual, and athletic wear
  • Winter dressy pants done in fabrics like velvet
  • Long-sleeve button-down shirts

Look at Weather Reports to Dress for the Day

In many parts of the country, the weather, even during the fall and winter months, can fluctuate. Take a few moments to turn on the news and listen to the day’s weather report to determine the best layers for the day. You’ll also want to consider what you’ll be doing that day–working outside might take several heavy layers, while traveling to and from the office could mean basic dress layers for workwear and heavier outerwear. Check to make sure kids and other family members have all the interior and outerwear layers they need as well for things like waiting at the bus stop or playing outdoors at recess. Many school systems only restrict indoor recess to days when it is freezing or there is serious inclement weather, so make sure your little one has the right layers to play outdoors comfortably in the chillier temperatures. Whether you are going to the office, working outside, or have a day of fun in the snow planned, there is a basic formula to follow when it comes to winter layering.

Begin With Your Base

Your first layering pieces will be your bases. Along with winter-worthy undergarments, you’ll put on close-fitting base layers that will be your first line of defense against winter’s chill. If you are heading to the office, school, or somewhere indoors, this might be as simple as a fitted tee or cami and lightweight tights or leggings. If you are planning a day outdoors, you’ll want warmer base layers such as moisture-wicking performance fabrics that retain heat, thermal pieces, or long underwear. Base pieces should fit comfortably but closely. They should not redistrict movement, but they should not be too loose either.

Winter Tops and Bottoms

Next, you’ll add on your outfit tops and bottoms. For shirts, this might be a short- or long-sleeve tee, a knit turtleneck, a Henley top, a lightweight winter blouse, a performance top, or other items. Bottoms could range from a winter skirt to denim to wool trousers to performance fleece or heavyweight work pants.

Extra Top Layers

Often, winter outfits call for extra pieces on top. These are easy to remove and put back on again based on how warm or cold you are feeling throughout the day. These are some of the most important and versatile pieces to keep in your winter wardrobe since they can be put on and off quite easily. This layering level includes pieces like zip-up, quarter-zip, or pullover fleece; pullover, button-up, or open-front sweaters or cardigans; pull-on or zip-up hoodies or sweatshirts; or blazers or indoor dressy jackets for work or school.


The best winter coats keep you warm and protected from cold weather, making them essential winter layers. Depending on the weather and your location, you may need a range of outerwear items to see you through the season, including:

  • Lightweight or zip-up jackets that can be worn under heavier coats as the temperatures fall
  • Medium-weight jackets or packable down for travel
  • Dressy wool jackets, trench coats, or peacoats for work or school
  • Lined rain jackets
  • Heavy ski jacket for outdoor sports
  • Winter parka for the coldest weather

Little Layers Make All the Difference

Sometimes it’s the little things that matter, and that’s definitely true for winter accessories! Make sure you have items like wool socks, gloves or mittens, hats, scarves, vests, head warmers, and good winter boots ready for whatever the season brings. Stock up on layers and winter accessories well before the winter weather to keep the season warm, bright, and merry for everyone.

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