A Step by Step Guide to Winter Layering

I always wear at least two layers this time of year. Usually consisting of a long sleeve top with a sweater over. Or, a long sleeve top and large scarf. If it’s really cold, I basically just throw on a combination of all three of those. Plus, my largest and warmest coat.

I sometimes get in a rut in winter where I just throw on a thick sweater and jeans and head to work. I don’t like feeling like I wear the same thing everyday this time of year. So, I’ve made somewhat of a winter formula for simple winter layering. It consists of:

  • 1: Pants, Socks, Boots, and Long Sleeve Top
  • 2: Add a Sweater
  • 3: Add a Scarf
  • 4: Add a Coat

Step by Step Guide to Simple Winter Layering

Step 1: Start w/ Warm Basics

Outfit Details Chambray Button Down || Navy Sweater (similar) Green Everlane Straight Leg Pants Socks || Nisolo Boots || Scarf || Winter Coat (old)

The hardest part for me about dressing stylish during winter is the extreme fluctuation of temperatures throughout the day. It’s freezing on the way to work, hot when I arrive, and cold while sitting at my desk. So for my base layer I wear pants (I love these ones from Everlane) or jeans, warm socks since the pants are cropped, boots or sneakers because flats are too cold, and a long sleeve button down or top.

Step 2: Add a Sweater

Outfit Details Chambray Button Down || Navy Sweater (similar) Green Everlane Straight Leg Pants Socks || Nisolo Boots || Scarf || Winter Coat (old)

A sweater is my best friend during winter. I always wear one to work or bring one in case it gets too cold. It makes it easy to throw on and off depending on the office temperature. Plus, it adds some structure to the outfit. On not super cold days I’ll wear a short sleeve top under the sweater in case it gets really warm at work.

Step 3: Add a Shawl or Large Scarf

Outfit Details Chambray Button Down || Navy Sweater (similar) Green Everlane Straight Leg Pants Socks || Nisolo Boots || Scarf || Winter Coat (old)

This scarf is without a doubt my absolute favorite and must have winter accessory. It’s like bringing a blanket around with me all day but socially acceptable. It adds that extra warmth needed without the extra bulk. I have two and usually leave one on the back of my chair at work. For those days I don’t dress as warm as I should and forget a sweater. I’ll walk around the office with this scarf as a shawl.

Step 4: Add Your Warm Coat

Outfit Details Chambray Button Down || Navy Sweater (similar) Green Everlane Straight Leg Pants Socks || Nisolo Boots || Scarf || Winter Coat (old)

This simple winter layering step is super obvious because you wouldn’t want to leave the house in winter in NYC without a coat. It’s reached that time of year when it’s too cold for my wool coats. So, I’ve permanently switched to my North Face. I add it in because it’s hard to feel stylish and not super bulky once a thick coat is added.

I find layering in this shirt, sweater, thick scarf combo keeps the outfit from looking like a bundled poof of fabric. I can easily remove my scarf here if it gets to warm or once I go inside and don’t want to take off my coat just yet.


That’s it! My four steps for simple winter layering for a simple and comfortable winter outfit. I use this combination pretty much everyday for work. You can also switch out the pants and shirt with a dress and tights.

So tell me, what are you tricks for winter layering? What do you like to wear?

Outfit Details

Chambray Button Down || Navy Sweater (similar)

Green Everlane Straight Leg Pants

Socks || Nisolo Boots || Scarf || Winter Coat (old)

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