When you dress for winter, you want to ensure that you’re both comfortable and warm. When you’re uncomfortable and shivering from the cold, you’ll look awkward no matter what you’re wearing. You should never sacrifice comfort and warmth just to look your best.

But you don’t have to sacrifice style for comfort either. You just have to adapt your outfits to the colder weather.

You can remain comfortable and warm and still look stylish by…

  • Layering your clothes
  • Choosing winter-appropriate fabrics
  • Wearing some key winter accessories
  • Wearing the right winter coat
  • Wearing the right footwear

1. Layering for  Formal Wear

So let’s say you’re dressing for the office in winter; what do you wear?

Well, you can start with a basic white t-shirt or undershirt as your base layer. Then, you can wear a dress shirt on top of that as a second base layer.

Then, you can wear a sweater, cardigan or vest. Whatever you choose, it should fit snugly over your other layers and tie, but should not look like it’s cutting off your circulation. If you go for a sweater or cardigan, make sure it’s light-weight, rather than a bulky knit.

Then at last, you can wear a jacket, and a coat for when you go outside.

So to sum up a basic formal winter outfit from bottom layer to top:

  1. T-shirt or undershirt (base layer)
  2. Dress shirt (base layer)
  3. Sweater, cardigan or vest (middle layer)
  4. Suit jacket (top layer)
  5. Coat (top layer)

Now depending on your climate, you may not need to wear all these layers all the time. You need to adapt to your own circumstances. So if you find yourself breaking out in sweat despite the cold temperature, you’re probably wearing a layer or two too many.

Examples of formal layered outfits

Besides the clothes you wear on your torso, you can layer your legwear as well. Again, this can be unnecessary, but if you’re facing cold winds and you find that it breezes through your pants, try a pair of long johns instead of (or in addition to) your usual boxers or briefs.

2. Layering for Casual Wear

For a casual outfit, you can stay close to the previously mentioned outfit, but because you’re not as restricted to a dress-code, you have a lot more leeway to put your own spin on your outfit.

For example, you could layer a T-shirt, shirt and sweater.

Or you could layer a shirt, denim jacket and blazer.

Heck, you could even layer a thick-knit cardigan over a blazer or light-weight wool sweater.

Honestly, you have so many option when it comes to casual layering, these three examples are just the tip of the wintery iceberg. Just keep the rules in mind and experiment on your own.

As always though, I recommend you just keep it simple, especially when you’re a beginner. You don’t have to create something flashy to look good. Don’t overthink it.

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