Staying warm while looking cool is harder than it sounds. You want to stay warm and dry out there when it’s raining sideways or you can’t feel your toes anymore, but still there is the style guru lurking in you all that doesn’t want to leave the house looking like you’re wearing every item in your wardrobe at once, not to mention how uncomfortable it feels to have so many layers on. What you need is a guide on how to layer stylishly - and here it is!

Underneath it all

The layers against your skin, like underwear and undershirts are there to keep you warm and wick moisture away from your skin. They should be completely hidden to be of maximum warmth benefit to you, so there’s no point in trying to show off those Calvin Klein boxers shorts. It’s best to follow the ‘thin to thick’ scale – the inner layers should be thinner, and get thicker as you go out.

Showing off your shirt

Plaid shirts are a great thick material that will keep you warm in the cold weather, and you can layer these with a stylish blazer to keep you warm. If you have a nice dress shirt you want to show off, but it’s still really cold out use it as a visual anchor by wearing a v-neck sweater or vest with it – extra warmth without denting your style. Your jumper should be loose fitting enough that you can comfortably wear a shirt and t-shirt underneath it, and it can be easily removed when you get too warm – fine wool blends are the best materials for this, as they won’t bulk you out but still keep you warm, and they’re readily available in a wide range of colours.

Cool coats for staying warm

Your outer layer, or your coat, should be long enough to cover your previous layers as its primary function is to keep you warm and dry. There are lots of styles available here – trench coats, peacoats, wool overcoats are all advisable options. This outer shell should keep you protected and comfortable, and try and keep the colours muted so that you can get maximum use from them – keep the colours for your jumpers and shirts.

Use your head

It’s a no brainer, adding a hat to your outerwear is a simple fix with huge benefits when it comes to staying warm this season, and it’s one of the easiest layers to add as there are so many styles available – and it can be removed quickly when you’re indoors or when it heats up. Check out this vintage Herringbone tweed cap, a true classic that never goes out of style.

Scarves & Gloves

Lenny Kravitz caused chaos one winter with his oversized scarf on the streets of New York, and while the fashion community was divided on their opinion of it there’s no denying a scarf will keep you warm, and it a very easy and versatile layer of clothing to manage.  Choose your preferred material, colour and pattern, and wrap up warm!

Gloves are also the most obvious layer for adding warmth to your extremities, so make sure to invest in a good pair that will see you through winter, like these Draper hand sewn sheepskin leather gloves.

Stay warm and stylish out there!