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Layering winter clothes for a stylish look- without adding bulk!

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Tips for layering winter clothes without looking bulky

Layering winter clothes is a fabulous way of creating a warm winter outfit with depth and creativity, but so many of us skip the style believing the extra layers add bulk! But when layering is done the right way, it allows you to keep cosy but still look streamlined. Here’s how it’s done!


Layering winter clothes: An expert’s inside tips!

Start with a smart base layer

For a streamlined but layered look, start with a base layer using a lightweight fabric (such as jersey.)

For example, a fab base layer is  a basic white t-shirt (such as this one from Witchery).

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Base layer: Witchery Basic Crew Shirt Tail Tee ($29.95)

Use specially designed fabrics where you can

Wear fabrics that generate or keep warmth in, such as a good quality merino wool or cashmere. These Heattec undergarments from Uniqlo ($29.90) are another great option, made from bio-warming fabric which generates heat in a lightweight layer. Revolutionary technology converts your own body moisture into heat, keeping you comfy without bulk.

layering winter clothes

HEATTECH is made from bio-warming fabric to generate heat

The outer layer: Keep it simple!

Keep outer layers choices chunkier, such as jackets and coats. Stick to using just one chunkier-style fabric option to avoid looking bulky. I love a really soft leather jacket, this one from Marcs (the Lani Leather Jacket) is gorgeous and available in other colours. While it’s an investment at $559.99, it’s the kind of classic that will serve you in many years to come.

MArcs jacket

Wear a simple, structured but chunky outer layer

Next stop: Accessories!

Embrace accessories for style, but remember that they’re also part of keeping yourself warm! Options like snuggly scarves, beanies, wool felt hats, wool socks and leather gloves are all fab wardrobe essentials that will keep you cosy.

Layering wool felt hat

Layering includes hats (this one from Fallen Broken Street)

Legging it!

Don’t forget to keep those pins cosy! Keep warm with ponte pants instead of leggings. Ponte is a thicker stretch fabric similar to legging fabric but warmer. These ponte pants from Witchery are my favourites!

Ponte Pants Witchery

See what you have at home, have a play around, and you will come up with so many outfit options! And who doesn’t love more options?


Still not sure what to do with your wardrobe? Get in touch! A Personal Fashion Stylist can help you acquire great basics and show you how to mix and match with items in your current wardrobe to create many great new looks.

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