Style Advice of the Week

Layering has always been a classic winter trend, but as the weather gets colder in Oregon, layering becomes more of a necessity to keep warm than to be fashionable.  Too often, piling on clothes leads to looking bulky. This week’s Fashionista has done a terrific job of layering stylish pieces, while keeping the ensemble chic, warm and figure flattering.

I have always favored the layering trend, because of the immense versatility it gives to your wardrobe. The trend allows you to mix and match all different items from your collection. It’s also a perfect way to dress for school, because we all know how freezing it is on that walk to class, and then how hot and stuffy classrooms get. It also allows you to extend the lifespan of your wardrobe, like this Fashionista who did an awesome job of transitioning a summer weather dress into a winter ensemble.  She warmed up the dress with a black cardigan, cinched in front with a knotted brown belt. She is also rocking structured, calf-length boots. She accessorized and kept toasty with a mustard infinity scarf and dark tights.

It is easy to layer your way to a warm ensemble if you follow some simple guidelines. Scarves are a perfect item to layer and add some color to your outfit. I love the simplicity and comfort of an infinity scarf, like this option from Free People. You can even mix and match several different scarves in contrasting colors, which will keep you even warmer. For bottoms, just because its cold outside doesn’t mean you always have to cover up with traditional heavy pants. Skirts and dresses work well in the cold weather if you’re sure to invest in some thick tights and leggings. Dark and solid colors always work well, but floral, bright or patterned tights are a fun way to add some hue to your look. I adore this pair from Urban Outfitters. If the weather drops, layer several pairs for warmth. On top, start with a light sweater like our Fashionista, which will fair well when sitting in a heated, stuffy classroom. If it is chillier, add a cute hooded parka like this awesome Madewell version. 

Fashionistas, we all know how fickle the weather this time of year can be. If you want to stay warm, and still put together, be sure to try the layering trend. Start with smaller layers, and gradually work up to your desired level of warmth. Sticking with light layers ensures an easier transition from outdoors to indoors, and keeps you from bulking up. Follow in the steps of this week’s stylish gal and layer up this season!


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