Layering increases insulation and your style factor

As temperatures keep dropping I wanted to break down how I layer to stay warm. The uppermost photo shows my first layer (above my underwear of course). The second photo shows the next layer, an utility jacket. In layering, it is very important to pay attention to not bulk up and look like a female version of the Michelin man. In other words, you have to ensure that layers still show your best features. The next photo illustrates one of the many possibilities how to ensure to look stylish and not like a leftover from an expedition to Antarctica.

#fashionover50 mature woman looking slim in a layered jogger and sweater outfit
Burgundy v-neck cashmere sweater, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Aldo leopard print pony hair pumps and Vince leather joggers (all own) and gem stone gold plated statement necklace c/o Almo Jewellery
#styleover50 midlife woman layering a jacket over sweater for a lean look
Great Northwest utility jacket over burgundy v-neck cashmere sweater, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Vince leather joggers paired with Aldo pony hair leopard print pumps (all own) and statement necklace c/o Almo Jewellery

DIY clip to create a “waist”

This photo below elucidates a simple DIY trick to look slim. This clip is easy to make. Just sew an oblong piece of fabric of about 1 ft (30.48 cm) in length together. Insert an about 4 inch (10 cm) long 0.5 inch (~1.3 cm) wide rubber band and sew the clips invisibly at the ends of the rubber band and close the fabric. Decorate according to taste/style.

#advancedstyle DIY clip to clinch in a non-structure jacket at the waist to look slim
Back view to illustrate how the DIY clip provides some shape to the straight-up-and-down utility jacket

Further readings and tips to look slim

Other ways to look slim despite of several layers are wearing a tailored piece as the uppermost layer and sleek, body conscious pieces below, or belting the upper most layer). You also can use the slim cut of clothing to create the illusion of a slimmer body. For instance, wearing a pencil. A straight skirt works too. slim cut pants keep a layering look balanced.

Layering has to be styled with the same rules in mind as wearing a bulky piece in summer. #agelessstyle Click To Tweet

Layering outerwear

The outer layer shows my Burberry motorcycle coat and I switched shoes to keep my feet warm.

Recall, outerwear is an outfit too that has to be styled. #agelessstyle Click To Tweet
#fashionover40 mature woman in a belted motorcycle coat
Burberry motorcycle coat over leather joggers, Michael Kors pony hair camouflage print wedge sneakers with vintage Esprit cross body leather bag (all own)

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