Layer Up! Look Cute and Stay Warm

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Layering cold-weather clothes without looking like a marshmallow is a tricky business, but with a little gumption, playfulness, and an "I don't take myself too seriously" attitude, it's a skill anyone can master. Not only is layering practical during the bitter cold and transitional seasons, it's also a great way to mix up your look, add dimension, and have a little fun with your wardrobe. There's nothing wrong with running test-trials until you find what works best for your own style and body shape—layers can work on everyone, whether petite, curvy, tall or lean.

To give you a bit of encouragement and kickstart your imagination, we've rounded up some inspiration and buy-them-now options so you can rock the layered style to your heart's delight. And check out the Verily Shops pages for even more options!

Thin Layers

Petite-Layers1

Lighter, thin materials lay nicely on top of one another without bulking you up and a slim jean or trouser lengthen you out.

1-Old Navy / 2-Henri Lloyd / 3-Merona / 4-PANACEA

Long & Loose Separates

Tall-layers

Dare to wear long, flowing pieces together. You've got the height to pull it off! Don't be afraid of adding another inch or two with a lace-up wedge—it gives the maxi skirt nice proportion.

1-Dorothy Perkins / 2-No Brand / 3-Topshop / 4-bebe / 5-Steve Madden

Belted

All-Shapes

A skinny belt is key to pulling a layered look together. When dealing with thick, extra material, the belt gives you a shape by emphasizing your waist. And you'll definitely need a pair of tights this time of year; why not try a funky colored pair?

1-Accessorize / 2-Topshop / 3-Merona / 4-Banana Republic / 5-Nicole

Images via Madewell / unknown / Sydney Poulton of The Day Book

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