Wintertime means layers. When battling the winter chill, staying warm and stylish seems like an impossible feat. Inside in the warmth one minute; outside in the arctic the next—to transition, our outfits have to play double duty. But all the extra sweaters and jackets can be a slippery slope to becoming a shapeless mass of fabric.
The key is to incorporate balance by varying volumes throughout your silhouette, so as not to be a solid pillar of material. Here are five simple tips for keeping your shape when layering.
01. Cinch the Waist //
The most basic tip to regaining your shape when drowning in fabric is to highlight your waist. Become an innovative fashionista by manipulating your heavy layers to conform to an A-line shape. If your coat is straight up and down, and you have a giant knit sweater on underneath, get creative and fasten a belt or sturdy ribbon outside the coat. You will create the illusion of a balanced hourglass, making you look proportionate and feminine.
02. Hints of Skin //
Oversize, masculine layers have been all the rage in the fashion world as of late. To avoid looking like a dense triangle of wool, show a little bit of leg. You will notice that most winter street stylers expose a little bit of ankle when wearing these long layers, which breaks up the fabric and says, “Hey, there is a body under here.”
03. Throw a Fitted Jacket on Top //
When you’re wearing a lot of long, flowing knits, a great way to add some structure while regaining your shape is to throw a fitted leather jacket on top. Because leather is so rigid and form-fitting, it will force your layers underneath to lie flat. You will have structure on top and then a fun flare of fabric on the bottom—almost creating a peplum-like silhouette. But don’t squish too many layers underneath your leather jacket—you want to be able to move.
04. Tuck It In //
Don’t let those oversize draped sweaters or tops hang depressingly over your pants—and especially not your skirt. When you wear an A-line skirt, you want to make sure that your cozy sweater doesn’t blend into the silhouette. To maintain your shape, tuck in your sweater ever-so-subtly to your waistband. You don’t have to tuck it in all the way or all around—just a casual tucking in the front hints at the shape without making you feel stuffed in.
05. Drape It //
When you feel like you’re losing your shape and your stylish edge, throw in a game changer by draping your coat over your shoulders for an instantly fashion-forward look. This cape-like vibe will create a more intentionally layered look that does not add bulk to your body but rather makes for an interesting silhouette reminiscent of 1940s glam.