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4 Multi-Layer Looks to Keep You Warm All Winter


Four multi-layer looks for winter

I don’t know about you, but of all the seasons, I love winter fashion the most. Winter is a fantastic time to express yourself with fashion as you can wear more of everything; be it hats, scarves, cardigans – you name it, there’s more of it. We’re talking prime layering time here – colors, patterns, silhouettes – the fun never stops!

That said, I’ll admit to being a little rusty when it comes to knowing what to wear when facing the elements. Which is why I’m writing this post. It’s an effort to remind myself how to stay stylish AND warm using multiple layers. Want to see the winter looks I came up with? Read on!

Hello Sunshine

Warm multi-layer outfit for winter - orange coat, skinny jeans, yellow sweater
(Products: Jacket, Cardigan, Scarf, Top, Shoes, Jeans)

Sometimes when I’m on campus in the winter, I feel like I’m stuck in a sea of drab, surrounded by plain black pea coats everywhere. I’m all for black trench coats – they’re a fall staple after all – but sometimes it’s just nice to see some color out there, you know?

As such, for my first outfit, I pulled a bright orange coat and paired it with yellows, reds and browns. I love the big yellow cardigan – it will keep you warm while still looking sunny. Additionally, I picked out a pretty floral tank top that keeps the look vintage-y and looks great with the adorable lace up booties I found. Throw this on and not only will you smile, but so will everyone who sees you!

Preppy and Proper

Warm multi-layer outfit for winter - gray shorts, pea coat, and sweater
(Socks, Shirt, Shoes, Shorts, Jacket, Cardigan)

This look is for all you preps! If you love your oxford shirts and shoes, throw them on with a pair of cute gray shorts like the pair I picked out and then just pull on some knee socks. Next, all that’s left to add is a cozy cardigan like the one I chose (great for layering!) and a cute toggle coat. Then all you’ll need for your trek to the library is a warm cup o’ joe or hot chocolate to look sweet from head to toe.

Rebel Yell

Warm multi-layer outfit for winter - patterned top and green pants
(Jacket, Pants, Heels, Tank, Scarf)

All you rock n’ roll-ers will love this outfit as it keeps your edge sharp while your buns stay warm. To get this look, simply start off with a wild graphic tank like the one I chose above and just pair it with some of-the-moment cargo pants like this lovely green skinny pair. Then throw on some cool camel wedges, a scarf, and a deliciously gorgeous leather jacket. Wherever you’re off to in the cold, your look will slice through that winter chill and stick it to the man.


Warm multi-layer outfit for winter - green coat and blue dress
(Tights, Knitted Headband, Jacket, Dress, Boots, Cardigan)

I love dresses, but sometimes I forget that they’re multi-seasonal – in fact, they’re so easy to throw on, I don’t see why more people don’t wear them in the winter. Just throw on a cute day dress like this chambray one and throw on some black tights. Pair those tights with some cool boots like the cowboy ones I picked out, and then add a knitted headband t0 keep your noggin both warm and stylish. Finally, slip into a brightly colored cardigan-and-coat combo like the green ones above. Wear this look and you’ll turn frostbitten heads everywhere.


What do you guys think of the looks I put together? What are you going to be wearing this winter? What’s your favorite layerable staple? Whatever your thoughts, let me know in the comments!

Posted on on November 23, 2010 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , ,

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31 Responses to “4 Multi-Layer Looks to Keep You Warm All Winter”

  1. 1
    November 23rd, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    THANK YOUUUU! i have been trying to fin a way to layer while staying cute and warm! this has just inspired lots of outfits :)

  2. 2
    November 23rd, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    Aw, these are all so cute! But I get the feeling I’d still be freezing wearing any of these. I guess I’m cold-blooded or something ;)

  3. 3
    November 23rd, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    Wow. I really like these!

  4. 4
    November 23rd, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    I absolutely LOVE the first outfit!!
    while it’s not as cold as it’s going to be yet here in Minnesota, I am wearing all my summer dresses with layers over and under and thick tights and it’s keeping me smiling before I end up just wearing jumpers and leggings.
    it’s hard when you’re a blogger too because I want to show my readers I’m still being stylish so I have to keep being inventive!! although it’s getting too cold for outfit photos outside :[[[
    this is a great post!!

    Charlotte xxx

  5. 5
    November 23rd, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    Amazing Article! I love it…

  6. 6
    November 23rd, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    Love all of these! Great post.

  7. 7
    November 23rd, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Love the outfits! (: They are all distinctly different yet so easy to put together.

  8. 8
    November 23rd, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    The color schemes for all of these sets (especially the last one) are GORGEOUS.

  9. 9
    November 23rd, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    awesome post.

  10. 10
    November 23rd, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    Thank you!! Great timing as always :)

  11. 11
    November 23rd, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    I love the colour combinations in this post. These are more fall outfits for me though, since I live in Canada. I’m really hoping to see a “How to stay warm in super cold weather” post eventually :)

  12. 12
    November 23rd, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    These are definitely cute, but wouldn’t last here D: tank tops, skirts, shorts are way too thin to hold up against the weather here. I’ve currently been wearing two pairs of tights (one nylon other thick bamboo), a pair of skinny pants with boyfriend fit jeans over it all and knock offs of mukluks for bottom half, a tank top, long sleeve shirt, over sized cardigan and big faux fur-lined winter coat, along with a scarf, hat and mittens.
    maybe I’ll invest in some thermal underwear, I just can’t stand the cold this winter.

  13. 13
    November 23rd, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    I love the outfits, but I wish I could see them put together!!!

  14. 14
    November 24th, 2010 at 12:12 am

    Love the outfits, they are super cute, but I have to agree with Rebecca. I also live in Canada where in winter it can get to -30C/-22F, believe me it is freezing! So to me, these are for fall. I would LOVE to see an outfits post for super cold Canadian winters!!

  15. 15
    November 24th, 2010 at 12:32 am

    I agree with Rebecca. Super cute outfits! I love the last outfit, but they are not nearly warm enough for a Canadian winter! I need ‘How to stay warm in winter without looking like the Michelin man!’ :) And some cute waterproof, trudging through a foot of snow boots, that aren’t Uggs!

  16. 16
    November 24th, 2010 at 1:39 am

    I LOVE all of the outfits you picked out, and I’m really picky about clothes! The chambray dress you chose, the oxford shoes, the animal print tank top… they are all great and look great combined with the other clothes and accessories you suggested. My only concern is that I would still be cold in them, and I see that others agree with me, as well. So it really would be great if you could knock it up a notch and pick outfits for freezing weather :)

  17. 17
    November 24th, 2010 at 2:49 am

    I like the preppy look!
    The others are a bit too colourful for my taste ;)

  18. 18
    November 24th, 2010 at 9:46 am

    All of these looks are so cute but totally not practical for weather that we have been experiencing in Alberta for the past few days.. -45!!!! Ridiculously cold.

  19. 19
    November 24th, 2010 at 11:00 am

    These are all super cute looks and I could probably rock them right now. But, as others have stated, it gets way too cold where I go to school and where I live to get away with tights. Mostly its the wind. I go to school next to a large lake so the wind is wicked.

    But I could definitely take inspiration from this post–winter gets so drab. We should rock some colors!

  20. 20
    November 24th, 2010 at 11:35 am

    i LOVE this post!! I bought that green coat last month and freaked out with excitement when i saw this!

  21. 21
    November 24th, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    I’m originally from New York, now I go to school in the Midwest and I can say that I would be freezing in those outfits while I’m at school. The first outfit would need a long-sleeve shirt over the tank top and under the cardigan for me to stay warm, even while I’m inside. I would also add some warmer boots and knee socks. Last night I had on a tank top, cardigan, sweatshirt, and my boyfriend’s sweatshirt and I was still cold indside! I would love some outfits that cater to those of us who are always cold or live in very cold places without resorting to multiple sweatshirts that just aren’t cute.

    I do love the navy coat and the gray shorts tho! As well as the boots and oxfords!

  22. 22
    November 24th, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    I love this!! I’m going somewhere cold this winter…perfect timing:)

  23. 23
    November 24th, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Great article–I love all the color that’s going on!!

  24. 24
    November 24th, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    I love the combinations you have come up with! They are so colourful and inventive – and use pieces that most girls already have in their wardrobes!

    Great job!

  25. 25
    November 24th, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    These outfits are super cute, but not very wearable in the midwest. It gets so cold that I wear leggings under my jeans! How about a post on dressing REALLY warm but not bulky?

  26. 26
    November 24th, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    living in northern MN i agree with everyone else that says these are all really cute, but not quite warm enough. this is like september-weather- apparel. but still fabulous none the less:)

  27. 27
    November 26th, 2010 at 1:22 am

    These are nice outfits, but I don’t think any of them will keep me warm enough in the Canadian winters. Knee socks and shorts? I can wear that early October at the latest. I need to wear a lot more layers than that.

  28. 28
    December 1st, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    Can people stop saying winters are all so cold in Canada? It does not apply to southern West Coast B.C. you know! D: I mean, yeah, it can get cold, but it rarely does…and when it does it’s generally for like, a day or two. Hardly what it used to be. It makes me feel sorry for visitors who come with giant puffy jackets, but find out they can’t wear them because it’s not as cold as they had heard.

    Some of the outfits here would actually be too hot for me – easier to wear a spaghetti-strap undershirt with a single shirt on top and a hoodie than a top with two warm outer layers.

    Maybe I just stay a lot warmer than others? I dunno. :/

  29. 29
    December 6th, 2010 at 11:12 am

    I love the rebel yell look! It screams my own personality and I can’t wait to really layer up in this look! Thank you for the inspiration CF!

  30. 30
    December 7th, 2010 at 12:23 am

    I just love these! Living where I live, I had to learn to layer…the weather can change from freezing cold rain in the morning to sunny and cloudless four hours later…I wouldn’t change places for the world, but it can get irritating.

  31. 31
    December 8th, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Really cute outfits, but way too cold! Can’t you please show more for us that live in really cold countries? We’d freeze to death in these ):

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