Layering 101

It’s the time of year where you can’t get away with wearing just one layer. Our how-to guide to layering will help you find new ways to mix and match your favorite pieces.

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While there are no real rules to fashion, there are some no-shopping-required tricks when it comes to layering. Use our guide to get the most out of all those items hanging in your closet and breathe a little fresh air into your everyday winter outfits.

Winter outfit featuring pink sweater layered over white button-down.

Tip #1: A Pop of Collar

If you feel like your favorite pullover sweaters need a touch of polish, the perfect way to do that is with a collar. Go for a crew-neck sweater and button your shirt up to the very top for a super polished and preppy look. If you aren’t comfortable wearing your shirt buttoned all the way to the top, unbutton a button or two and opt for a V-neck or scoop-neck sweater instead.

Bonus: If your collared shirt is in a playful print or a bold color, this is the perfect way to give your outfits a bit of pop!

Winter outfit featuring a blouse under a faux fur vest.

Tip #2: Invest in Your Vest

Vests are a fantastic layering option, and work well with every style and every wardrobe. If you have a vest that you love, place it in a visible and reachable place in your closet to get the most use out of it. If you don’t, ask your Dia Stylist for a vest in your next Style Box!

A great way to style any vest is to layer it over a fitted long-sleeve tee or turtleneck. But don’t be afraid to layer your vest over a less fitted top like a flowy blouse. A vest not only adds structure and sophistication to an outfit, but it can also provide a little extra coverage to your midsection. It can also upgrade your everyday layers to give your look a fresh and put-together feel.

Winter outfit featuring a longline cardigan and and waist belt.

Tip #3: Belt It Out

Let’s face it, winter layers are bulky. If you’re looking for a way to show off your shape, adding a belt at the waist over a longline sweater or cardigan defines your waistline even in cozy layers. Whether you’re layering your cardigan over a dress or denim, belting your look will make your outfit look thoughtful and celebrate your curves.

Winter outfit featuring a plaid button-down tied at the waist.

Tip #4: Knotty Looks Nice

In the same way that a belt can add definition and play with proportion, so too can your shirt when knotted. A pair of high-waisted jeans or a statement belt can get a little more attention when a shirt is tied up, and so does your waistline. Not to mention, this is a great way to dip your toe in the crop top trend without having to purchase anything at all. Tie your shirt right at your waistline to celebrate your curves, or tie it a bit lower for extra coverage. Small details like knotting and cuffing makes your outfit look thoughtful and deliberate.

Winter outfit featuring turtleneck under checkered cape.

Tip #6: Shawl We?

Rocking a cape, poncho, or shawl over a neutral long-sleeve top is the perfect way to add warmth and personality without having to commit to a heavy top layer. Because capes, ponchos, and shawls are so easy to throw on or take off, you can keep it handy at your desk at work or bring it with you to a chilly grocery store or movie theater. If you don’t have a cape, poncho, or shawl that you want to wear this winter, you can get the same effect with a blanket scarf. A cape in a playful print is the perfect way to add a little pizzazz to an otherwise humdrum winter outfit.




How are you layering this winter? Show us! Snap a photo of yourself rocking your winter layers and post on Instagram with #mydiastyle so we can see—and so you can inspire other Dia&Co customers!