Winter Layering How-To

November 14, 2012

Coat c/o Old Navy Canada, Sam Edelman booties, jeans c/o Fidelity Denim, gloves c/o Etre,
bag c/o Mary Nichols, H&M shirt, Club Monaco cardigan, necklace c/o Poshlocket

This week’s FASHION Magazine Style Panel challenge was all about the number one sartorial dilemma of the colder months. The peril in question, of course, is managing to stay warm with a relatively insulating coat without looking like the Michelin Man. And if you’re anything like me (read: near hypothermic 90% of the time), you can’t mess around when it comes to staying warm during the winter.

Some of you lovelies have very kindly commented on some of my most recent posts that layering is one of my style strengths, and while I think there are tons of bloggers out there who do it much better, I definitely have to commend myself for having strengthened my layering muscles over the past few years. Granted, this was mostly out of necessity rather than being style-conscious, but all the practice did result in me learning a few new favourite styling tricks.

Here’s a recent fave: take some knee-length wool socks and instead of layering them over your skinnies and wearing them bunched around your ankles, stretch them right up to the knee under a pair of thick skinnies (these dark rinse ones from Fidelity are amazingly warm) – not only does it cover that much more skin (and trust me, every square inch of skin covered goes towards upping overall warmth), but if you tie in the colour of your socks with the rest of your look, it works well in adding depth to your outfit.

Layering up on tops is really the best way to go, though: it might not look I’m wearing bulky layers here, but I have on a thin cotton tank top, a cotton 3/4 length sleeve top, a thin cashmere cardigan and my jolly-hued Old Navy coat. The colder it gets, the more I add on (think another T over top of the tank top or another thin sweater underneath the cardigan).

Another thing I always try to do is to pick coats that have at least a hint of colour, or in this particular instance, a whole lot of cherry red. I just find it adds some cheeriness to otherwise boring winter looks.

Check out the rest of this week’s Style Panel tips to see how all the other girls werk their coats in cold temps!

Image via FASHION Magazine

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  • Reply Asher November 14, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Absolutely stunning! Red is definitely your color 🙂

  • Reply Heidi November 14, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Great coat! Love the color. You're right, it is great to have a bright color to make winter a little more happy. -Heidi

  • Reply Naomi at The Occasional Indulgence November 14, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    I love how your jacket tapers in at the waist! That's something I wish my red coat did.

  • Reply Lindsay Ann November 14, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    great tips – thanks for sharing! that red looks great on you also!!

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  • Reply sepatuholic November 14, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Great tips, although will not work for me… but I must say this is a very good post!

  • Reply Mounette November 14, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    very nice look

  • Reply Cee November 14, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    I know I said this already on instagram, but I feel the need to reiterate… do not cut off all of your beautiful hair! Seriously, you will regret it. I hate my short hair so much I'm considering extensions 😛 I digress… you're looking gorgeous as always, pally. Definitely making me think about pulling out my red winter coat!

  • Reply Neris / Fashion Fractions November 14, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    you are so great at layering! love the red coat!


    Fashion Fractions

  • Reply sugarhoneybaby November 14, 2012 at 3:46 pm


  • Reply Ginny November 14, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Seriously great look.

  • Reply Heather November 14, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Like I said on twitter last night I love that coat! Layering can be quit tricky. You def. have a knack for it. Love how you cuffed your jeans for a peak of your socks.

  • Reply Faith November 14, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    you look amazing in red! LOVE the outfit!

  • Reply claude November 14, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    love the red lips to the coat!:)

  • Reply JennaStevie November 14, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    I am alll about layering, I get so cold in the winter, and it gets so unbearably cold here. I love thick wool socks like these, I always buy boots 1/2 a size too big so I can wear 2 pairs of thick socks with my boots.
    I love the striped top with the bright red coat and those gloves

  • Reply alison*elle November 14, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    You really are great at layering, Alex! I usually wear my knee-high socks over but that's a great tip about wearing them under and rolling up the pants legs. I'll have to try it when I'm back in Vancouver as it's much too cold for anything but snow boots here!

    xo, alison*elle

  • Reply Tyne Swedish November 14, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    I agree with you on colorful coats. I think a good classic red or something rich like an emerald green adds a special something when all around you is covered in blankets of snow. I also love the classic nature of this look with the red coat to the nautical stripes bringing summer right into winter is perfect. I also love the thigh/knee high idea and it is something I used to do in high school a great deal.


  • Reply Crazy Style Love November 14, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    You are definitely great at layering! That coat is beautiful! Great tip on pulling up knee high socks under jeans. On really cold days, I actually wear leggings under my jeans too!

    xo Jenny

  • Reply Kimberly November 14, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Great layering tips – cannot believe the coat is from Old Navy…and love that you paired it with stripes (my favorite)!

  • Reply Manda November 14, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    You look so happy & glowy 🙂

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  • Reply Kacie November 14, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    I love your jacket! Is there a color you don't look good in?!

  • Reply FASHION TALES November 14, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    You look stunning in red! That coat is definitely a beautiful piece, and yes, I love layering always. xx/Madison

  • Reply missdanbee November 14, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    you look gorgeous in red! <3

  • Reply Elma Schukking November 14, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    You look amazing! Perfect fall look and I am in love with your coat! 🙂 x Elma

  • Reply November 14, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    These are such great tips! Since I'm in Texas, it's hardly ever cold enough to need to layer up so much, so when it gets to be really freezing I am always at a loss for what to wear! This is great advice that I'll definitely be remembering for later in the year. You look gorgeous, and that coat is stunning! Such a great color!

  • Reply Hanna & Christel November 14, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    perfect look! that red coat looks amazing on you!


  • Reply Terry S November 14, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    LOOOVE that gorgeous red coat!


  • Reply Tracy Hodgson November 14, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    Your coat is fabulous, another stunning outfit!

    I need your wardrobe!


  • Reply SIENA.STYLE November 14, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    that coat as a very nice color however I adore the necklace!:)very unique!
    kisses from Milano

  • Reply Leah November 14, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    The red coat is the perfect choice to make it through a long Canadian winter! You look beautiful.

  • Reply Annie November 14, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Love the layering tips! And that red coat looks so fabulous on you 🙂

    The Other Side of Gray

  • Reply Stefani November 14, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    Great layering tips! You look stunning,I really like that red coat!

  • Reply Maneet Jassal Gupta November 14, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    Thanks for the great tips! I have all the items in this look and am totally going to recreate it! 🙂

  • Reply Shannon Rice November 14, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Love that red coat and great tips! Thank you.


  • Reply JennyScribbles November 15, 2012 at 12:06 am

    lose the red coat! it looks amazing on you 🙂

  • Reply Elizabeth Nott November 15, 2012 at 1:28 am

    Great coat! Red looks fantastic on you 🙂

  • Reply Eva Silviana November 15, 2012 at 3:49 am

    Super in love with your eye-cathcy red coat!! <3

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  • Reply Andy After Flats November 15, 2012 at 3:55 am

    You are gorgeous! This outfit looks perfect on you! 🙂

  • Reply Reni-ferek November 15, 2012 at 4:23 am

    Nice post! I love your blog;)

    Would be great if in Followed each other, do not you think so? 🙂

  • Reply Marie-Eve November 15, 2012 at 4:32 am

    I agree, your layering skills are amazing ! Love it !
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  • Reply Sarah November 15, 2012 at 4:36 am

    What a gorgeous red coat! The touch of red lipstick completes it.

  • Reply Preslava Tsacheva November 15, 2012 at 4:53 am

    aww yu areo so beautiful.. I love how you styled this outfit! Really amazing look!
    And the coat is lovely.. great colour!

  • Reply Alison November 15, 2012 at 7:08 am

    I loved this entry of Style Panel! I went to the link from Twitter this morning and for some reason I could only see your entry on the mobile site. Lucky yours was first, lol!! Really love the bright red coat. Such a great way to always make sure you wear a fun colour during these dark months.

    I'm the exact same when it comes to the cold — I always have at least couple of hidden layers to help keep me warm. I also find that 2 pairs of tights helps and I just saw fleece lined tights at Urban Outfitters! Haven't tried them yet, but I think they sound like they might be the best thing ever made.

    Hope you have a good evening!
    xoxo Alison

  • Reply Shannon November 15, 2012 at 8:16 am


  • Reply Well... November 15, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Yup, layering is definitely one of your big strengths girl. You do it so well! Love the bright red coat 🙂

    Trendy Teal

  • Reply The Golden Girls November 15, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Love that jacket! You look absolutely STUNNING! xx The Golden Girls

  • Reply Sofia Donatelli November 16, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Love the color of your hair. Your blog is great.


  • Reply Petra November 16, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    You looking stunning in these red coat.
    xo, Petra

  • Reply Petite Adventures November 17, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    Love this look – your coat is stunning!

    Kate xo

  • Reply Jenmarie December 4, 2012 at 5:36 am

    You are SO beautiful and I love that red coat! I've been on the look out for a new jacket but haven't found the perfect one yet.

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