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Ways to layer workwear in the winter

Posted on December 19 2018


Is anyone else freezing? I know, I live in Los Angeles and I have nothing to complain about. But, I slept in a fleece sweater underneath a down blanket last night, and still woke up cold…

It's winter and I love the look of layered outfits. They have so much depth and character, and each layer looks purposefully pieced together. I'd like to say I've always been a layering champ, but the truth is I have definitely fallen into the doom loop of wearing the same sweaters and pants over and over.

When you're tired in the morning, layering can feel like a mountain you don't want to climb. My fast track without a Sherpa (aka a magical stylist)? Have 2-3 different ways you like to layer and choose a color palette. Once you have that set in your mind, layering becomes as effortless as standing in a warm shower. Here are my favorite ways to layer workwear for the colder months.


Button Downs and Turtle Necks

Just because it's winter, doesn't mean you need to put away your dresses. I love wearing a button down or turtle neck underneath a sweater or a shift dress, like the Barbell's Shift Dress pictured above. The best part, you don't need to put so much effort into ironing your button downs since most of it will be covered up anyways. For dresses, add a pair of tights. If it's really cold, get fleece lined tights or knee high boots to give your legs some extra protection.


Thin Sweaters + Coats 

Bulky knitted sweaters are super cozy, but they're not the best for layering under coats - you end up looking like the Michelin man. When you're on the hunt, take inspiration from the Striped Sweater or Nancia Sweater: 1) they're thicker than a cotton long sleeve, but don't give you extra thickness when you layer, 2) they have a unique pattern so you don't feel like you're wearing the same type of sweater day after day. Nancia Sweater paired with the Oscar Coat above.


Culottes + Boots 

I can't tell you how much we love the culotte trend - they're so much more comfortable and forgiving than your fitted work pant. We've heard your requests for pants and have some great pieces coming in 2019! The only challenge with culottes is that with all the extra fabric comes larger entry points for cold air. Three tricks here: 1) the obvious, tights underneath the pants - but sometimes that feels like too many layers and takes away the comfort, 2) knee high socks or sheer stockings, 3) our favorite, knee high boots.

Hope this gives you a little more inspiration and helps you up that mountain. Share any other layering tips you have below!




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