How To Layer Clothes For Winter – Stay Warm & Stylish

Expert Opinion By Fashion Writer & Doodler

There’s nothing quite like the frigid cold of winter, is there?

The snow, the wind – the way your nose feels when you step outside.

It can be downright unbearable!

But with a little preparation, you can stay warm and stylish all season long.

Winter is the time of year when we start to think about layering our clothes to keep warm.

To keep your clothes from getting all bunched up, layer them, and be sure to add a layer between your skin and outerwear.

Some people prefer wearing a scarf or sweater underneath their coats, while others don’t like the bulkiness of these items on top of their coats.

Layers are an important part of any outfit, especially in the winter.

They provide warmth, and protection from the cold and make it possible to look stylish.

We will teach you how to layer clothes for winter weather.

We’ll go over tips on how to layer for different temperatures, and give you some outfit ideas that will keep you looking chic even when it’s below zero!

So Let’s Get Started!

Why Layering Is Important For Cold Weather?

A Man And A Women Dressed Up For Winter

Layering is important for cold weather because it helps to trap heat and keep you warm.

Wearing multiple layers of clothing also provides more protection from the cold than wearing a single layer.

When layering clothes for winter, it is important to choose materials that will wick away moisture and help to keep you dry.

A cold, damp environment puts you at risk of hypothermia.

Some people sweat a lot, even in cold weather.

Hyperhidrosis is a condition in which people sweat without any apparent reason.

Layering clothing is essential for hyperhidrosis sufferers in cold weather to stay safe and comfortable.

You should also choose materials that are lightweight but effective at trapping heat.

Outerwear should be chosen based on how cold it is outside and whether you need protection from the wind or rain.

You can better decide what you should wear on a chilling winter day when you know how thermal clothing work.

You can’t predict winter weather, so it’s good to dress in layers.

Make sure you check the weather every day, then wear clothes that will keep you at least ten degrees cooler.

No matter what the temperature is, layers are a lifesaver.

Important Considerations For Layering In Winter

When layering clothes for winter, there are a few important considerations to keep in mind.

Choose material that will wick away moisture and help to keep you dry.
choose lightweight and effective materials for your insulation layer.
Choose an outerwear piece that is appropriate for the weather conditions.
To keep air flowing, layers should be snug, but not tight because a thin layer of air between your skin and clothing keeps you warm.
Maintain a comfortable body temperature by adding or removing layers

How To Layer Clothes For Winter – Layering Essentials

To keep warm in cold weather, you should wear three layers:

  • Base Layer – For moisture wicking
  • Insulation Layer – As an insulator to grab heat
  • Outer Layer – For protection

1. Base Layer For Moisture Wicking

The first step to layering for winter is to choose the right base layer.

This layer should be made of a material that will wick away moisture, like merino wool or synthetic fabrics.

A Guy Wearing Sweatproof Undershirt

It should also fit snugly to your body to trap in warmth.

An undershirt that fits close to the body is the best base layer for cold weather.

By keeping your skin dry, undershirts keep sweat away from your skin.

You’ll shiver and get a chill if your skin is damp because evaporation cools it.

Undershirts with hydro-shield technology are perfect for a base layer.

2. Middle Layer For Insulation

Middle layers trap body heat and keep you warm.

Your body will stay warmer if your middle layer retains your body heat.

A Guy Wearing Shirt For Middle Layer

You can choose from synthetic or natural mid-layers.

There are polyester and Merino wool sweaters, sweatshirts, flannel, and fleece to choose from.

However, you’ll want materials like down or synthetic down, which is light but very effective at trapping heat.

If it gets wet, lightweight down is less effective as a middle layer.

You might need to shell out more for insulating layers, especially if you want down ones.

However, these layers are vital to keeping you warm and could make or break your experience.

3. Outer Layer For Protection

An outer layer keeps your inner layers dry by shielding you from wind, rain, and snow.

It is unfortunate that many people skip the first or second layers and jump straight to the outer layer, which is not the best protection against bone-chilling temperatures.

Remember that the outer layer will cover two other layers.

So, it is important to choose a size that will allow you to wear it over other garments without being too tight.

A Guy Wearing Jacket For Outer Layer Protection

This can be anything from a lightweight windbreaker to a heavy parka, depending on how cold it is outside.

Types of Outer Layers

There are two types of outer layer:

  • Water Resistant Jackets: In light rain or snow, water-resistant jackets repel moisture and keep you dry. The fabric is breathable and allows excess body heat to escape.
  • Waterproof Jackets: A waterproof jacket will keep you dry in heavy rain or snow. In addition to being waterproof, waterproof jackets also offer windproofing, so keep that in mind if you live somewhere with cold, heavy winds. It’s more expensive to buy waterproof clothes, but if you’re constantly exposed to bad weather, it may be worth it.

How To Layer For Other Body Parts?

In addition to layering your clothing, there are a few other things you can do to stay warm in winter.

  • Hats: For your head, you’ll want to choose a hat that covers your ears and helps to protect you from the wind. Add an extra layer of warmth with a wool cap or beanie even if your jacket has a hood.
  • Gloves: For your hands, you’ll want to choose gloves or mittens that are made of waterproof material. Hands are better protected in frigid weather with insulated gloves.
  • Socks & Boots: For your feet, you’ll want to choose socks that are made of moisture-wicking material. Besides keeping your feet warm, boots give you extra traction on slippery surfaces.
  • Pants: It’s a good idea to wear flannel-lined jeans if you’re going to be outside in cold, dry weather for three hours. If you’re going to be outside for a long time, you might want to add insulated overalls.

5 Stylish ways to layer your clothes to keep warm

  1. Wear a long-sleeve shirt under a short-sleeve shirt
  2. Wear a sweater over your shirt with tights or leggings
  3. Add layers by wearing a vest over your shirt with tights or leggings
  4. Layer on scarves and hats with boots or shoes
  5. Wear a coat over everything else

long-sleeve under a short-sleeve shirt

A long-sleeve shirt is often considered a formal piece of clothing.

It’s more appropriate for formal occasions like parties, weddings, and business meetings.

A short-sleeve shirt is usually considered casual and can be worn with jeans or shorts.

It’s a good choice if you want to look fashionable and go with the current trend.

sweater on the shirt with tights/leggings

A Girl Wearing Sweater

Sweater over your shirt with tights or leggings is an easy and stylish way to stay warm in the winter.

It is a popular trend that has been around for quite some time.

It was first seen in celebrities like Beyonce, Kim Kardashian, and Rihanna.

They would wear a tank top with a sweater over it so they could go out and still look fashionable.

Layer on scarves and hats

How To Layer Clothes For Winter - Scarves and Hats

Layer on scarves and hats with boots or shoes is a fashion trend that has been around for a while now.

This trend has become popular because it is simple yet stylish.

It allows you to layer up in the colder months without having to spend an arm and a leg on buying new clothes.

A scarf is a key piece of clothing for your winter outfit that has been around for centuries.

Everyone knows what makes a good quality scarf, but woolen, chunky, pashmina, or silk is up to personal preference!

In 2021, silk and cashmere scarves took off and retain people’s interest 2022.

When choosing a scarf, think about how you want to wear it with complementary pieces in your wardrobe.

Layer two sweaters together


The process of layering two sweaters together starts by cutting the sleeves off your first sweater,

And attaching them to the neckline of your second sweater.

You then knit across the back of your second sweater, leaving an opening at the bottom for inserting it into your first sweater’s neckline.

You then repeat this process by knitting across the front of your first sweater and inserting it into the back opening in your second one.

It also creates an eye-catching look and provides a way to use up leftover yarn.

Puffer Jackets With Jeans


A fussy winter wardrobe can be a challenge, but puffers are the clothing item that makes the most sense.

They’re lightweight, versatile, and incredibly comfortable.

Add them to your fall and winter fashion outfits! In 2021, the silhouette and materials of AI winter caps were modified to make them more suitable for winter weather.

They will keep you warm and cozy so it’s a good idea to wear something thin underneath in order to avoid any unwanted sweating.

Blanket Dress Coat

The blanket Dress coat is gaining a lot of popularity in 2022 because it’s a trend that is best to wear during the colder seasons.

This can also spill over into 2023, which makes it an especially popular fashion trend.

Think of soft wool throws, maybe also cashmere, draped over stylish connoisseurs to brave the cold.

Robe ties, or sweaters with necklines too high for a sweater, are then usually paired with them to provide extra warmth.

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Priyanshi Otwani
Priyanshi Otwani is a Fashion Writer and Doodler based in Mumbai, India.She has been working in the fashion industry for over ten years and has worked with various magazines like Grazia, Elle, Cosmopolitan among others. She also collaborates with brands on designing their products. Priyanshi loves to doodle when she gets time which she shares on her Instagram.