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Mastering The Art Of Layering: How To Dress For Any Weather

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Layering is a fashion technique that allows you to dress for any weather situation. As fashion professionals master the art of layering every season, you can too!

To start, find pieces in your closet that are durable and have multiple layers. A sweatshirt with a t-shirt underneath is a good starting point. Then, find thin fabrics that cover many layers, like wool for warmth or suede for durability.

As you start to build your layers, keep an eye out for gaps where you have hidden pieces. If you have a long sleeve shirt under a sweatshirt, make sure there is not much gap between the two.

Next, find ways to tie down loose layers with other pieces to keep them from being exposed or getting messy. Using tapes, belts, or folding over parts of garments to hide underlayer details is helpful.

Develop a personal style

Once you have mastered the basics, you will need to develop your own personal style. Fashion is very individual, and what looks good on one person may not look good on another.

What looks good on you will depend on your shape, your strength points, and what colors compliment you. For example, if you are tall and lean, tight fitting clothing will showcase your shape.

If you are more rounded or pear-shaped, loose clothes will suit you best. If you are very thin, heavy fabrics may suit you best as well to help add volume to your shape.

Color is a huge part of fashion too. What colors suit your skin tone? What colors complement your clothes and accentuate your strength points? How do you want to present yourself? These are important questions to ask when thinking about your style.

And don’t be afraid to be bold! Experiment with your style and find pieces that work for you.

Choose the right fabrics

Choosing the right fabrics is an important part of picking out layers. If you have too many heavy layers, you will not be able to move or stay warm!

Lightweight fabrics such as cotton, fleece, and sweatshirts are good top layers. These will keep you warm while still letting some heat and sweat through. If it is very windy out, add a lightweight jacket on top to block the wind.

For bottom layers, choose heavier pants to keep your legs warm. Some people choose to wear two pairs of pants to increase warmth, but this may be too bulky. Check how snugly your pants fit and whether they are prone to ripping to make sure they are enough layer.

For jackets, find ones that are thick yet still flexible. Many people find that nylon jackets are the most waterproof and warm.

Use colors that match your skin tone

Choosing your clothes color is a key part of dressing for any weather. If you choose a black coat, then you will not be able to tell if it is wet or not, and that can be dangerous!

White coats are a good choice as they can prove your weather smarts- if it is snowing, then your coat is white, meaning you are prepared.

Other colors like brown, grey, or tan are also great colors for winter because they match well with other accessories and keep you warm. Black may look sexy on a jacket or coat, but opt for something more winter appropriate.

Layering is a great way to keep warm without sacrificing style. Start with thermal shirts or sweatshirts under your clothing to keep warm, then add jackets over for an extra layer of protection.

Know what type of winter you are dealing with

As mentioned before, winters can be very cold, very warm, or anything in between. The same can be said for winter weather patterns-some areas experience constant snowfall every year, others have only occasional snowfalls, and some experience no winter weather at all.

It is important to know what type of winter your area has so you do not spend too much money buying too many warm items or too few items that are needed.

For example, someone who experiences constant snowfall would need to have good waterproof boots and heavy coats to keep warm! Someone who only has occasional snowfall may only need a few heavy coats to keep warm.

Bring out summer clothes

Even if the weather says it is summer, it may still get cool at night or early in the morning, so keeping some lighter clothes in your bag is never a bad thing.

If you are planning to do activities where you get sweaty, like a parade or festival where you are walking and watching lots of stuff, then have a change of clothes or towel(s) to dry off.

This also helps if you have a car so that you can go from activity to activity- then you do not need as many changes of clothes since you can wash them later!

Surprisingly, colorful clothing can help you adapt to temperature changes more easily. Colorful clothing uses different patterns and textures that recognize different levels of heat and cold- thus, making your more comfortable.

Using light materials like soft cotton also help keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

Use underlayers

Underlayers are a must for keeping warm and dry during winter weather. Underlayers can be tights, leggings, sweatshirts, sweaters, and/or sweatsuits.

Tights or leggings are a great option to have a layer between your feet and shoes and the cold ground. A thick sweatshirt or sweater is perfect to have on top of a t-shirt or thermal to keep warm!

Layering these will help keep you warm as the weather changes as well. Once it starts getting warmer, take off the layers starting with the bottom ones. As the snow warms up, you can take off some of the top layers as well.

Invest in quality layers

As mentioned before, layering is a fantastic way to explore different fashion styles while also being useful in everyday life. More specifically, layering fashion styles is a great way to stay warm in the winter season while still looking stylish.

While we all love the feeling of wool socks and plush-lined jackets, the truth is that these are not the best material for winter apparel. If you invest in quality layers, like cotton jackets and fleece jackets, then you will be much more warm than with wool materials.

Why? Because cotton fibers are lightweight but strong which makes it excellent thermal insulation. Similarly, fleece is lightweight and soft making it another great insulation material.

Some other tips for investing in quality layers is buying medium priced ones and buying some that are a little bigger than your size.

Learn how to layer for your body shape

As mentioned before, layering is a fantastic way to keep warm in the winter, but it is also fun to play with different textures!

Those with thinner frames should invest in a heavy sweatshirt or fleece jacket to layer under a heavy coat. This gives the illusion of a thicker frame due to the thickness of the layers.

Those who have a little extra should invest in some wearable blankets like thermal pants or shirts paired with a fuzzy jacket to keep warm. Pulling up the pants tightly will prevent any drafts, too!

Very tall people can always pull their winter gear down over their feet for extra warmth! Blankets are great for this as they are already layered.

Dressing in non-sheer materials such as wool is also helpful in keeping warm as it keeps the heat trapped within the clothing.


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