When temperatures drop, feeling warm and snug is often the only thing on most people’s minds. Add to this the fact that dressing fashionably for the cold months doesn’t come easily to everyone, and you’ll know why everyone around you is dressed in the same unimaginative manner!
Sure, you don’t have to be impeccably dressed all the time, but when you’re off to work, you have to put your best foot forward no matter the weather. Luckily, there is a simple solution that can help you stay warm and look great at the same time- layering your clothes!
Layering clothes not only helps you shed bulky jackets that make you look fat, it also makes you look sharp and stand out from the crowd. And when you’re vying for your boss’s attention at your workplace, being well-dressed can work wonders for your career!
If you’re ready to learn the basics of layering your office wear, read on for some tips.
Start with the Thinnest
When layering on clothes, start with the thinnest and lightest layers. The innermost layers don’t have to be fashionable as they will stay hidden unless you want to expose them. If staying warm is all you want, invest in undershirts that are breathable and can wick moisture away from the skin. If you want the inner layer to show, wear a long-sleeved t-shirt as the first layer.
When it comes to underwear, you can choose to wear a pair of long underwear or wear what you usually do.
Get the Middle Layer Right
Dress shirts make the most office-appropriate middle layers. Go for thicker cotton shirts to keep the warmth in. Depending on how low temperatures get, you can also put on a vest, a cardigan, or a sweater on top of your dress shirt. Fabrics like flannel, tweed, corduroy, and cashmere are your best bet!
Top It All with a Coat
If tailored suits are your staple wear, you’ll be warm inside your office with just an extra t-shirt under your shirt. Dress shirts paired with khakis or chinos are a hit in offices and if that’s your style, you’ll only need to put on a smart blazer to complete the look!
A long overcoat can come to the rescue when you need an extra layer to protect you from the cold while commuting to and from your workplace. Finish off with a scarf to look trendy!
Don’t Forget to Layer Your Legs and Feet
Trouser in thick fabrics like wool, corduroy, and tweed will keep your legs warm. You can also consider purchasing a pair of moleskin chinos in olive, beige, or brown to up your style quotient. If temperatures get too low, do wear a special cold weather garment under your trousers!
While you certainly wear socks to work every day, chances are you wear calf-length ones. For winters, you may want to buy a couple of pairs of knee-length socks to keep your legs and feet cozy. Socks come in a variety of materials so be sure to choose ones made of wool, cashmere, thick cotton, or a mix of these fibers for winter.
Wearing regular winter boots to work isn’t an option, so stick to wearing your dress shoes or buy a pair of winter dress boots. Quality winter dress boots will be water-resistant, provide insulation, and have ample sole traction in addition to looking decent enough for your workplace. Buy a pair of galoshes (rubber shoe covers) and wear them over your dress shoes while commuting to protect them from rain, snow, and slush.
Consider the Fit
As you’ll be layering clothes on, clothes that usually fit well may seem to be a bit tight. If you have trouble moving your arms around easily or are just feeling uncomfortable in all those layers, you might have to choose thinner layers or buy outer layers that can accommodate the inner layers.
However, you don’t want to wear oversized coats or jackets to work. Remember to wear clothes that fit well around the collar and shoulders; if need be, get your clothes altered by a tailor.
When layering clothes, you don’t have to just think thin to bulky. Your entire outfit has to look cohesive and whatever items you wear must look great together. Also keep in mind that layering skillfully will allow you to look stylish even when you shed off a layer or two.
Choose colors that complement each other; if going for a monochromatic look, layer clothes from light to dark or vice versa. Follow gradient even when playing with textures. Do experiment with a brightly colored undershirt, sweater, or vest to add a pop of color to your outfit.
Fall and winter fashion doesn’t have to be difficult to understand. What’s more, you don’t have to compromise on comfort to look stylish in the cold months!
With the tips given here, you now know that dressing fashionably in the cold months is possible and effortless. So don’t go to work clad in your baggy clothes this winter; layer up wisely and you’re sure to dazzle!