You see it on the runways, models decked from head to toe in layers and layers of gorgeous clothing. But how can you pull off the look? The trick to artful layering is to create visual interest without adding bulk. With the right pieces, every woman can look luxurious in layers! Let’s go through this layer by layer.

First Layer

Tank top or (long-sleeve) tee
This is the simplest approach to layering: a light, comfortable first layer. Just remember a tank top or tee with embellishment or intricate detail will take your outfit from simple to stylish in seconds flat.

A blouse is a great way to add color and patterns to your outfit without adding heft. Stick with light fabrics like silk and chiffon. Button ups add sophistication and work well under sweaters and dresses.


The turtleneck is making a huge comeback this fall/winter and it looks AMAZING under a fur coat. Try it and you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

Second Layer

There is a science to finding the perfect sweater to layer with! It shouldn’t be too long, or too bulky, but you should be able to wear it comfortably over your first layer. Look for sweaters with unique weaves, asymmetrical hems or lower cut necklines (to show off your first layer).

This could technically be a first or second layer, but a sleeveless dress can also be layered over a long sleeve blouse, or a long sleeve dress can be layered under a vest or sweater. Get creative!

A vest is one of the most versatile layers here. It can be long or short, colorful or neutral, and made of just about anything you want. We love leather, shearling and fur vests for the colder months. If you go with one of these heavier materials though, we recommend not adding a third layer.

Silver Fox Vest with Black Dyed Fox Inserts

Silver Fox Vest with Black Dyed Fox Inserts

Third Layer

Light jacket
Think bomber, moto, and cropped for a lighter, stylish jacket. These will give you some edge, while the cardigan and blazer listed below will add some sophistication to your outfit.

Surely you have many of these in your closet already, just waiting to be worn! Cardigans that work best for the layered look are the boyfriend and draped style. And try belting it – this will give your outfit some shape!

Adding a blazer to your outfit will instantly class it up, without much effort. Stick with neutrals here, but don’t be afraid of different textures, patterns and lengths.

layeredlookFourth Layer

A warm winter coat is the last and final clothing layer to complete the look. In the dead of winter, a fur coat is your best bet if you’re looking for something stylish, warm and not overly bulky.  Layering with fur is especially fashionable because it adds unique texture and glamour to an otherwise simple outfit. Shearlings are also a great option. Try to look for a coat that looks great when it’s open, as to show off your outfit underneath. If you’re unsure which fur coat style will work for you, stop in to Flemington Furs and one of our associates will assist you.

No layering look is complete without some warm weather accessories! Scarves, hats, gloves, belts, boots, winter socks, stockings, leggings and jewelry should play a major part in your look.


  • Make sure all of your layers are different lengths to give your outfit depth. You don’t want a layer hiding under something else or there’s no point in wearing it!
  • Avoid a wide pant leg, to offset the top. Slim pants will simplify the bottom half, creating a longer, leaner look.
  • Make sure your third & fourth layer have enough room in the arms to fit over your outfit. There’s nothing worse than your arms being constricted!
  • Most importantly, don’t be afraid to mix and match. This is just a guide – if you want to skip a layer or wear two things from one layer category, try it out! Comfort is most important with this look.

*Featured Image Source: Refinery29 50+ Street Style Sensations From Fashion Week