Winter in Sydney is better than in most places. It is dry and sunny, yet never really warm nor cold (except inside without central heating…). I find outerwear to be an annoyance during the daytime. I am always constantly taking it on and off, and it’s frustrating to carry around, resting on my forearm like an ornament.
Living in Sydney for many winters, I have discovered the art of layering and find it to be more practical, and a lot more stylish and interesting. Beyond just keeping you warm, layering can transform your winter wardrobe into a stylish ensemble that exudes simplicity and elegance.
Let me guide you through the art of winter layering, helping you achieve a look that is both simple and chic.
Start with the Basics
The foundation of a well-layered winter outfit lies in selecting the right base pieces. Begin with a long-sleeved top (I love a white shirt to start), as it will provide insulation while remaining concealed beneath additional layers. Opt for neutral colours like black, white, or grey to create a versatile canvas.
Embrace the Power of Textures
When layering, it's essential to incorporate different textures to add visual interest to your outfit. Experiment with knits, chunky sweaters, silk, leather, or faux fur to create dimension and depth. Mix textures by pairing a cosy cable-knit sweater with a silky blouse or simply a white collared cotton shirt with a v-neck woollen jumper over it.
Play with Proportions
Balance is key when it comes to layering. Combining different lengths and proportions creates a visually appealing silhouette. For instance, pair a longer jumper or cardigan with slim-fitting jeans. Alternatively, try layering a cropped sweater over a longer shirt for a trendy, effortless look.
Accessories are the finishing touch that elevates a simple layered look to the next level. Add a chunky knit scarf, a beanie, or a pair of leather gloves to infuse your outfit with personality. Additionally, experiment with statement belts to cinch the waist or layer delicate necklaces to create focal points.
Choose the Right Footwear
Winter layering extends beyond clothing, so make sure not to neglect footwear! Opt for stylish yet practical options such as ankle boots, knee-high boots, or leather sneakers. These versatile choices not only provide warmth and comfort but also add an extra layer of style to your overall look.
Mastering the art of winter layering is easy but requires a blend of creativity and practicality. By selecting the right base pieces, incorporating various textures, playing with proportions, investing in versatile outerwear, accessorising thoughtfully, and choosing the right footwear, you can achieve a simple yet chic winter look. Remember, a look reflects an image. What image do you want to transmit?