This post breaks layering down into easy steps and shows how a simple DIY item can help to keep the look slim.

  1. How layering can increase insulation and your style factor
  2. DIY clip to create a “waist”
  3. Where to find special layering clothes to look slim

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How layering can increase insulation and your style factor

As temperatures keep dropping, I wanted to break down how to 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. When creating a multi-layer outfit, it is very important to avoid the most common mistakes in layering. Sure, you want to stay warm. However, you also want to look stylish. This means you have 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.

over 50 years old stylist 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
style book author illustrating how to layer 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.

DIY clip to clinch in a non-structured 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

Want to learn more about creating thermally confortable outfits that look stylish? Then take a look at this guide with chic layering tips for cold weather.

Where to find special layering clothes to look slim

Did you know that there are tops that look like T-shirts, lace tops or camisols made to avoid bulk. They are called halftees. You can find a review of a Halftee lace top and cropped Tee in the post at the link. Other ways to look slim despite of piling up garments are body conscious tops that are specially made for this purpose. You may also try belting the upper most layer. Learn more about how to best accessorize with belts in this guide.

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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Photos: G. Kramm

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