To some people, layering clothes is as easy as slipping on a pair of slippers. For others, it’s an art form that they haven’t quite mastered yet. Don’t worry if you fall into the second category – most people aren’t born with the innate knowledge of how to layer for optimal warmth! It’s usually something you need to learn along the way. 

Why Layer Your Clothes? 

There are two main reasons for layering your clothes: warmth and style. Our guide to layering clothes will touch on both of these. After all, it’s hard to look stylish when you’re shivering in the freezing outdoors! 

A very good reason to layer your clothes is that you can adapt to the weather. If you’re hiking up a mountain, for example, you may start in hot weather but end up walking in very cold temperatures. In this type of situation, it helps to have layers that you can peel off if need be. 

With that being said, here is our useful guide to layering clothes, no matter the occasion. 

Layering for Warmth 

Let’s start with how to layer for warmth. Here, we’ll touch on all the important tips and tricks for making the most of every layer. 

Start with a Base Layer 

The base layer is the piece of clothing that is closest to your skin. This part is very important, as it’s the layer that should be trapping air. Ideally, you will choose a comfortable, moisture-wicking fabric that both keeps you warm on the cold days and keeps you cool on the hotter days. Then, if the temperature calls for it, you can take all your other layers off and wear your base layer comfortably. 

For a high-quality t-shirt that boasts a simple yet elegant design, the T-Shirt Con Taffeta by Herno is perfect. This casual piece has a drawstring waist for you to adjust and uses a jersey material for ultimate comfort. 

The Middle Layer 

Next comes the middle layer, which is the piece worn directly about the base layer. This layer is crucial for layering, as it adds an extra layer of much-needed insulation, keeping you optimally warm. There’s a lot of similarities to the base and middle layer, with the ideal being a material with moisture wicking properties. Sometimes, a middle layer can even be worn as a base layer if the weather calls for it. 

The Outer Layer 

Finally, you have the outer layer, which is exactly as it sounds – the piece of clothing that is worn over everything else, including the base and middle layers. There are many different types of outer layers you can choose from, but ideally, it will be lightweight and water resistant so that it’s easy to take on and off and works well during wet weather.

If you’re looking for a lightweight outer jacket, the A-Shape Gore Jacket by Herno is an excellent choice, as it’s waterproof and comes with a hood for the ultimate protection against rainy days. For a touch of style and added warmth, the Button Down Jacket by Herno might be your ideal outer layer; it’s also waterproof but comes with some padding and has a more feminine silhouette. 

What About Other Layers? 

When talking about layering for warmth, it’s usually about the base, middle, and outer layers of the tops. So, what about your pants? Generally, a good pair of hiker’s pants with insulation works well. However, some people may layer leggings underneath their pants for an extra piece of warmth. This can be especially beneficial for those hiking in very cold temperatures. The outer pants would ideally be waterproof to protect you from the rain and cold! 

Layering for Style 

We have layering for warmth covered, but what about layering for style? With these tips, you can avoid looking like you simply threw a bunch of random clothing pieces together; instead, you will create a seamless, beautiful look that utilizes every garment. 

Start with Your Main Piece 

Before you begin layering, you need to know what your outfit needs to work around. Do you plan on wearing a dress for an evening event? Ideally, start with something beautiful yet simple, like this Marcie Dress by Saloni. The dark blue solid color lends itself to various shades and materials. 

Match Colors 

When layering clothes for style, it’s important to think about colors. You don’t want your outfit to clash! Some shades complement each other and will make your outfit sing a little brighter, such as blue and orange. Others are better at blending together, forming a more cohesive look, such as blue and green. 

Mix Short and Long Layers 

Wearing two long layers – such as a tunic with leggings – will only make your outfit look bland and elongated. Likewise, two short layers won’t look as cohesive. Ideally, mix short and long layers together for the best effect. For example, you could pair these Juno Shorts by Xirena with a tunic for optimal layering that will look stylish in any season. 

Don’t Forget About Accessories 

It’s not just clothes you can layer with; you can layer accessories, too! Draping necklaces over a short neckline or wearing a bracelet over a long sleeve top will work well. Plus, jewelry can make the perfect finishing touch. These dangling Small Shell Drop Earrings by Ulla Johnson work well for a multi-layered, boho-style outfit! 

Layering Clothes: In Summary 

If you want to ensure your body stays warm no matter the weather, layering clothes is a skill you must learn. The good news is that it isn’t hard. Our guide is simple enough; it’s all about knowing the three most important layers: base, middle, and outer. 

Of course, there’s also the option of layering for style, which, thankfully, comes with a little more creative freedom. 

Whether you want to layer clothes for your next hike or you want to look great at an outdoor evening event with cooler temperatures, the garments we have here at Erica Wilson give

you exactly what you need. We stock only the best, high-quality brands, from Saloni to Herno. Shop the range today!