Trends are seasonal, but reality isn’t. This fact has become especially apparent in these transitional weeks as we head towards winter. With a daily weather forecast that’s almost as reliable as your daily horoscope, you need to get smarter with your wardrobe choices. And this means taking a refresher course on the art of layering. Lucky for you, we’ve got you covered with all the pieces you need to feel warm and master a well-layered look.1. Get to first base
Coats, jackets and all manner of outerwear are often the first items that come to mind when we think of layering — but it’s the base layers that set the foundation for the entire look. Besides, it’s a sensible move to begin layering with your thinnest pieces and then work your way out. Slim fit polo shirts and sweatshirts made from organic cotton fleece make for an ideal base layer. Consider them the better alternative to thermals, since they can be worn solo and styled under an open overshirt or jacket.
Mild weather conditions call for lightweight layers that can easily pop on and off as the temperature demands. For such conditions, we like to rely on light zipper jackets as they allow you to adapt to the changing climate by shedding or adding pieces as you see fit. Simple yet unfussy, one of the best parts about a zipper jacket is that if you end up bulking on too many layers and things start to get too warm under the collar, all you have to do is unzip to let some air in.
Breezy days call for jackets in technical fabrics like recycled polyester that are unparalleled for their ability to combine thermo-regulation and weather protection in lightweight form. A sporty windbreaker jacket is a versatile piece that works great with casual looks that involve denim jeans or a pair of joggers. Our tip? Look for details like ribbed cuffs, drawstrings and pockets that lock in warmth.
The all-important outer layer, a great winter coat is an investment that will not only see through the season but last you for years on end. A word to the wise: pick a neutral shade like black, navy or brown that will cut all your precious styling time in half. Opt for coats in insulating fabrics like blends of recycled wool and recycled polyester for optimum warmth. If you start to look too bulky, remember to keep the rest of the look minimal with tailored pants or straight-fit jeans, crisp shoes and a thin knit underneath to balance the volume.
Published by: Vibhuti Vazirani/ 2021-11-03