Temperatures are getting colder and that means it’s time to start layering! I’m bringing out all my sweaters, jackets, and scarves. The trick to layering is to do it without looking frumpy or adding too much bulkiness. But how?? I recently had a reader request for help finding a versatile white tank top and was reminded that at the crux of good layering is great basics. Think of them as the foundation of your outfit. A plain cami/bodysuit will ensure the layers above it are smooth, or a great turtleneck will keep you warm without getting in the way. The best layering pieces can stand alone too, so they can be worn indoors or out. So today’s post is all about my favorite layering pieces and how to wear them! I’ve included tons of example photos and links to shop!
Tank tops and Camis
I actually looked up the definitions of these to determine the difference. Haha! A camisole is typically worn as undergarment or sleepwear. It is held up by thin shoulder straps, or can be strapless. A tank top is any sleeveless shirt with varying types of shoulder straps. I think both work for layering purposes and it’s mostly up to personal preference and what you are wearing over it. Both are perfect for wearing under dress shirts, chunky cardigans, pullover sweaters, and buttoned or unbuttoned flannel shirts. Here’s another useful tip on how to wear it!
When I look for tank tops and camis, I look for a thin smooth material. Think nylon, spandex, rayon, or even silk. I don’t like ribbing, thick seams, or too much embellishment because they will be obvious when you put them underneath other clothes. The fit is important too: tight enough to lie smooth but not so tight that it rides up over the course of the day. My go-to place for tank tops and camis is Target’s lingerie section. I’ve included some from there and other favorites below. Just click to shop!
I know some people don’t like the feeling of anything tight around their neck. I’ve been there! But if you can find the right turtleneck, it is a game-changer for layering, I promise! I got my favorites from Target (wearing one right now!) and I also love J.Crew’s tissue turtlenecks. Both are soft, smooth, lightweight, and not too tight around the neck. I’ve worn mine alone, as a base layer for (itchy) sweaters, and under my utility jacket. And I love the look of turtlenecks underneath a dress! They make outfits really easy too because you don’t necessarily have to wear a scarf when you go outside– the shirt keeps you warm by itself!
Tights or Leggings
Tights and leggings are a great piece to have in your wardrobe because they can be dressed up or down, worn on their own, or layered with other items. I wear leggings with oversized sweaters around the house or to run errands. I wear tights to work (a business casual environment) by putting them under a skirt or dress and adding tall boots. And I sometimes wear tights or thin leggings under my jeans if I’m going to be outside in the cold for a long time. They are so versatile!
There are a lot of options for tights and leggings: thin or thick, various materials, fun patterns, etc. I’m sure you already have your favorites in your closet but I’ve included some other options below. I included that last one just for fun: pearl-embellished tights, anyone?!
Slips are perfect for layering under clothes all year round to create a sleek look and ensure nothing is too sheer. But I especially love them in winter because they also add a layer of warmth. They seem so thin but they seriously help! I wear a full slip under most of my dresses, or a skirt slip to ensure my skirt doesn’t cling to my tights. This really helps with static issues in the winter! In case you’re not convinced of their versatility, this year slip skirts and dresses are IN! Meant to be worn as more than just an undergarment, they create such a statement by pairing them with opposing textures like chunky knits or leather jackets. So chic!
Again, most of these I get from Target or a department store. I look for smooth edges, a good fit (not too tight or it rides up!), and delicate lace waistbands because they practically disappear under clothing. Below are a variety of slips for both undergarments and stand-alone pieces.
Sweater weather is absolutely my favorite! Pullover sweaters are perfect for layering. Thin ones are especially valuable because they can be a base layer or a top layer. Earlier this week I wore a polka dot collared shirt under a v-neck sweater. The collar and cuffs showed just a peek of polka dots and created such a fun look! And this past weekend I wore a thin sweater with black jeans and layered a jean jacket on top. Super warm and perfect for the freezing weather!
Material of choice depends on your budget so I included a variety below. Everything from $15 basics to top-of-the-line cashmere!
I hope this post helps you put together some new outfits for this fall and winter. Layering can be tricky but it is such a stylish way to stay warm!
I provided sources for all the inspiration photos on my Pinterest [HERE] so come follow along and pin your favorites from this post!
As always, thanks for reading!! 🙂