Stylish layering tricks

Five cozy wardrobe ideas

There’s no need to let the chilly weather trap you indoors. With these five stylish (and toasty) wardrobe tricks, you’ll be snug and cosy for long afternoon walks-or even just the 30-second walk from your car to the workplace.

Thin layers

When the temperature drops, try layering with lightweight fabrics, such as a long-sleeve cotton top under a camisole and blazer. Just think: you’ll get more mileage out of your summer tops and keep your arms and chest warm without the bulk. Gap Body makes some of the best seamless thin camisoles, T-shirts and long-sleeved tops to layer with each other or wear alone. They also come in a variety of colours to go with any outfit.

Shoulder coverage

This fall, shrugs, ponchos and shawls are the hottest new accessories. It’s a trend that can easily be worn by women of any age, and they are available in a range of fabrics. Chunky knit versions are casual enough to wear over a classic turtleneck and jeans, while velvet- or fur-trimmed numbers can instantly dress up a basic black dress.

Belted waists

A belt, ribbon or scarf worn over a fitted jacket or cardigan was such a flattering trend for spring that it’s been carried over to the fall. But this time, wrap-style tops or single-breasted coats are best. TIP: Avoid over-tightening the belt. This can create an exaggerated hourglass instead of a slimming effect.

Mixing lengths

Try pairing a long wrap cardigan over cropped pants and knee-high boots, or a vintage-style three-quarter-length sleeved jacket with elbow-length gloves. A tunic dress worn with low-rise pants may sound like an odd couple, but looks really flattering and fun.

Skinny scarves

This season sees the resurgence of the scarf-tie blouse (very prim and proper). But, if this trend has you grimacing, a skinny scarf accessorized with a blazer is the next best choice. Cotton knit versions can create a casual look, while silky styles are a cool alternative to a traditional rope of pearls.
TIP: Knot the tie once and fasten a glittery brooch at the neck for an extra-special touch.

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