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Cold winter weather is a style challenge. This post shows three chic winter layering looks and has a video that breaks down in easy-to-follow steps how to bundle up in chic layers for comfort while still look effortlessly stylish. Read to get inspired to stay warm in style.

    1. Stylish Work Appropriate Winter Layering Looks
    2. Layering Outfit Broken Down
    3. Chic Winter Layering Looks with Cardigans and Jacket
    4. Winter Office Layering Look with Sheath
    5. Casual Posh Layering


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Style Winter Layering Looks

Layering is a great way to style warm winter looks. Of course, how long a layered look will keep you comfortable temperature wise depends on the weather. As a result, the clothing pieces and their material will differ. However, the overall concept of layering is to create several thin layers of still air. These layers, namely, increase the insulation of your outfit. Of course, when layering you also want to increase your style factor.

If I had the choice between weather like that and 20 below (-28.9C), low relative humidity with clear blues skies, I would chose the latter over the former any time. Sounds weird for everyone who hadn’t been in the latter weather – yet or who is a beach gal. I know, I know. However, when it’s frigid cold you can at least layer to feel comfortable, while you can’t get comfortable in the “Winter in Germany” weather. Learn more about how to create stylish cold wet weather outfits.


Layering Outfit Broken Down

The following movie breaks winter layering down as an example of how to create stylish layers.

video showing layering broken down in easy steps
Layering broken down in easy steps. This example demonstrates that peeling off layers must still lead to stylish looks that make sense.


The easiest way is to build a layered look around a color like in the shown example burgundy.


Chic Winter Layering Looks with Cardigans and Jacket

Midi skirt, tights, over-the-knee boots, sweater at the office and an old diamond leopard print jacket as outerwear to stay comfortable. Can you believe I have this jacket since I was a teenager?

blogger Nicole in layered winter outerwear
Front view layered winter outfit


style book author Nicole wearing a skirt, otk boots and winter outerwear
Styling the outerwear work appropriate in winter is a Must when meeting with clients outside


over 50 years old style blogger in diamond pattern jacket winter jacket
Dior over-the-knee boots, YSL work bag, LeatherCoatsEtc gloves, Pendleton wool midi skirt, cat print neckerchief and barrette


mature woman in winter office look with leopard print, cardigan, glen check skirt, suede boots
GNW leopard print sweater worn as top, Moda International dyed cardigan worn as a second layer, Jord bamboo watch, Pendleton glen check pleated midi skirt, Dior suede boots, and Hermes collier de chien bangle


Winter Office Look Layering with Sheath

I have a knack for sheath dresses. They are easy to style up and down depending on whether I meet with students, the Dean or Director, or have a meeting or to give a talk. They are very, very versatile, nearly chameleons in the closet. Do I have to say also that they are a classic that never goes out of style? It’s just important to not look like a leftover statist from the Mad Man TV series. The same outfit idea just in another color gives you already a new office look – like one dress two ways. You can find more ideas how to wear your fav sheath in different ways in the guide at the link.


Every woman should own at least one sheath dress. #agelessstyle Click To Tweet


midlife woman in dress over sweater with belt and chain decorated boots
Sheaths are great for layering


Alaskan fashion blogger Nicole in chic winter layering look
Calvin Klein burgundy sheath, silk pink and burgundy zebra pattern with orange roses neckerchief, GNW tight, Vince Camuto suede tall boots, Paloma Picasso kiss belt, Hermes collier de chien, and wooden chronograph c/o Jord


#midlifestyle lady with jacket and hat standing in front of a restaurant
Calvin Klein sheath, snake skin imprint shoulder bag worn as clutch, GNW tight, Vince Camuto footwear, LeatherCoatsEtc gloves, and fedora c/o Tenth Street hats


winter footwear details
Zoom-in on the footwear to show chain details



Casual Posh Layering

Casual Friday outfits don’t just mean jeans and T-shirt. Take a look of what weekend clothes you have in your closet and combine them for new looks for Friday at work. The outfit inspiration in the photos below brings you from office to drinks with the colleagues after work.


Style tip: When layering make sure to accentuate your waist to not look frumpy.


posh casual chic winter layering look with skirt, hood down-vest
Harley Davidson booties, Banana Republic straight skirt, Kieselstein Cord belt, Festina watch, barrette, GNW tight, R&O hoodie down vest, boot-toppers c/o My Top of the Boots, and halftee c/o Halftee


#midlifestyle lady in posh casual winter look with vest, skirt, tights and booties
Front view of casual posh cold season layering look Harley Davidson booties, Banana Republic straight skirt, Kieselstein Cord belt, Dionysus buckle, statement necklace, Hermes collier de chien bangle, GNW tight, R&O down vest, boot-toppers c/o My Top of the Boots, and halftee c/o Halftee


zoom-in on layering of vest over long sleeve Tee
Banana Republic straight skirt, Hermes collier de chien bangle, statement necklace, Kieselstein Cord belt, Dionyseus buckle, R&O down vest, Chico’s best girlfriends bracelet and halftee c/o Halftee


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This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. Ada

    Even though you live in a super cold place you always look amazing, Nicole. Love all these looks. Great fur coats and I love those burgundy boots so much!

    Happy December! Welcome by and join my linkup this week and every Thursday. Thanks, Ada. =)

  2. Carrie at Curly Crafty Mom

    I just love the diamond pattern on this jacket, it is so unique yet looks so sophisticated!


  3. yourtrueselfblog

    Hi, Nicole
    Your jacket from high school looks like it’s still in perfect shape! You must have taken such good care of it. And I love those Vince Camuto chain-detail boots and that green outfit!
    Thanks for showing us how you do it!

  4. Emma Peach

    The diamond leopard print jacket is fabulous, and so unusual! I prefer cold crisp days to grey and miserable weather. It’s been horrible here in the UK, so grey and raining non stop. I want to see the sun again!

    Emma xxx

  5. Gail Hanlon

    I love how you match your hosiery to your outfits. Those berry compared tights and boots are just gorgeous.

  6. Nadine Fei

    Georgeous Outfit, dear Nicole! Love the combi of the jacket and the midi-skirt. You look very pretty 🙂
    I like the burgundy sheath dress and the casual friday look with the BR skirt very much too.

    Lots of love,

  7. fiercefashion

    I always enjoy your fashion mixes, Nicole. I cannot believe you can still ear something from HS, that ship has sailed for me-LOL! I really love the CK burgundy dress and boots combo and would wear it in a hot second. Have a great week! P.S. Thanks for the feature!

  8. chezrama

    These outfits are perfect for our cold weather. You rocked these coats with your outfit like no other. They look chic and warm at the same time. And I would never guess that the jacket is from your teenage time. WOW it looks amazing on you and you elevated it beautifully.

    Thank you for featuring me today. I am honored.

  9. This Main Line Life

    Ha, I’m definitely one who can’t even imagine 20 below. I break out the parka at 30 degrees. That diamond jacket is great.
    x, Julie

  10. shelbeeontheedge1

    Nicole, I am loving your coats and boots! All great outfits made even more spectacular by the boots and coats! That first coat has me dying over here!


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