5 Layered Outfits to Keep You Warm This Winter

With its plummeting temperatures, slushy sidewalks and falling snow, winter can easily be one of the hardest seasons to dress for – especially without buying an entire wardrobe of new clothes. But don’t despair, collegiettes; you can deal with winter weather by layering, layering, layering! You can stay cozy in the season’s warmest outfits by mixing and matching your fall fashion staples. We’ll show you how to create chic layered outfits that don’t feel bulky—just toasty!

1. Date night out with your guy
 



MANGO long sleeve top
$55 - mango.com

 

 


 


Love 21 clothing
forever21.com

 

 


Hue opaque tight
zappos.com

 

 


Winter dates can be a challenge to dress for – how do you rock a dress or skirt without also falling victim to the freezing temperatures and sidewalk slush? Layering is a winter-date-night game-changer! You can still look flirty and feminine in a lace-trim skirt while staying warm if you add layers on top and some opaque black tights on bottom.

Try a twist on the classic collared shirt layered underneath a sweater by topping it with a turtleneck silhouette instead! Add a pair of snow-friendly, thick-heeled Chelsea boots, which have the dressed-up silhouette of heels but will also keep you steady in slush, ice and whatever else the weather winter might throw at you on date night.

2. Chilly walks to class
 



 


 


 


Missguided black pants
missguidedus.com

 

 


 


Forever 21 circle scarf
forever21.com

 

Comfy-chic layers are the key to surviving long walks to class in the morning – and they can seriously come in handy in classrooms when the heat is on full blast and the last thing you want is to be stuck in a heavy sweater with nothing underneath. We love the look of a simple gray cardigan peeking out from under an anorak jacket; it’s a totally effortless combo that still looks put-together for class. Stay chic and comfy by trying an update on your basic black leggings: Switch them out for ones with zipper details instead! For the walk to class, top your look off with a furry, black infinity scarf.

3. Weekend brunch with the girls
 



Treasure Bond top
$71 - nordstrom.com

 

 


ASOS wool blend coat
$46 - asos.com

 

 


Lace trim cami
$11 - nastygal.com

 

 


 


 


Look effortlessly put together at your next Sunday brunch with chic layers that are as comfy as your PJs. It can be hard to take off those sweatpants and get dressed on a Sunday morning, so opt for gray joggers—look for them in a soft, sweatpant-esque fabric—and add layers on top. We like a lace cami underneath a denim chambray shirt to add a feminine touch to this laidback look. Add a sharp black coat with leather trim to top it all off and a beanie for extra warmth (or to hide messy Sunday-morning hair!).

4. Saturday afternoon ice-skating
 



Madewell red top
madewell.com

 

 


Forever 21 moto jacket
forever21.com

 

 


Faux fur vest
alygne.com

 

 


ASOS blue skinny jeans
$47 - asos.com

 

 


Wedge booties
modcloth.com

 

 


Leith slouchy beanie
$29 - nordstrom.com

 

Take the basic jeans-and-a-sweater weekend uniform to the next level by topping your favorite pair of skinnies with layers instead! Start with a boyfriend-style plaid shirt in classic red tones to look festive for your favorite winter weekend activities. If you’re headed off for a day of ice-skating with friends, update your leather jacket by topping it with a fun, furry vest, which adds a dose of chic to your weekend jeans. Headed off the ice for a hot chocolate break? Shearling booties look super cute, and the low wedge heel keeps them casual enough for the weekend.

5. Holiday party with the fam
 



Clu ruffle top
shopbop.com

 

 


River Island collared shirt
$57 - riverisland.com

 

 


Charlotte Russe red skirt
charlotterusse.com

 

 


Forever 21 tight
forever21.com

 

 


Mossimo ankle boots
target.com

 

Look festive and ready to celebrate in neutral, classic layers with a touch of holiday-appropriate red! Update the classic look of a collared shirt underneath a sweater by replacing the sweater with a sweatshirt. We love the checked flannel accents on this sweatshirt! Add a touch of festive sparkle with an embellished collar peeking out underneath, which looks chic and sweet for hanging with the fam, and a leather oxblood skater skirt paired with snuggly sweater tights on bottom. Voila! You’re ready to eat turkey, trim the tree or ring in the New Year in style.
 


Getting creative with layers is the best way to combat winter’s dreary, cold weather and to keep wearing some of your favorite fall pieces as the temperatures plummet. Do you have any other favorite ways to layer? Tell us in the comments!