It’s no secret that layering has kept us humans warm since the Paleolithic Age. While we have evolved from animal hyde to cotton sweaters, layering will never go out of style. We pile on shirt after shirt when we go skiing, spend a winter day in the city or sit outside on a cool summer night.

To cavemen, layers portrayed strength and power; now, the more layers, the more leisure. Layers create a feeling of freedom and relaxation. They give the illusion that you barely put any effort into your outfit.This Fashionista has mastered this concept with her battered oversized sweater, knit socks and distressed boots. Look closely: she snuck a long-sleeved T-shirt underneath for extra warmth! What allows this look to work so well is the fit and form of her dress.

What I love about this dress is that it is understated and toned down, yet creates the statement in this outfit. Delicate colors and pattern provide a subdued trendiness. It is the perfect layering piece, with a lively pattern and flirty shape. This Fashionista inspires us to use all different pieces in our closets to concoct a stylish winter outfit.

If there is one thing to take away from this article, it’s to not be intimidated by layering. Don’t be afraid to actually wear your clothing, even if you put it all on at the same time. Use the winter months to mix and match different patterns, lengths and textures you have stored away in your wardrobe.

What is your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK? “Don’t be too matchy; layer with all different lengths. And tall socks keep you warmer than you’d think!”