Show and tell campus style: How to layer for winter

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Written by Sophie Dishman

It’s become colder and it’s time to get layering. We want to feel warm and cosy, while still looking fashionable, of course! It’s difficult when you’re on a student budget too, and not to mention layering can be a complicated task.

But have no fear – with these five top tips, you’ll look stylish and be sure to avoid the dreaded fashion faux pas. 

1. Start with the basics

Pairing a printed scarf with a trench coat can be classed as layering. It’s adding a pattern to a plain coat. You can use it to add definition to an outfit or since it’s winter, you can use it to keep warm too. Chunky scarfs are the best for achieving this look. But you can also layer a long-sleeved top with a fur gilet, sleeveless blazer or a duster coat. It’s effortless! 

2. Wear similar colours

Wearing similar colours can give the illusion of layering. Add a pair of black skinny jeans, a white polo neck and a black blazer. You can also experiment with brighter colours if that’s more your style. Monochrome is my favourite look to go for, black and white will always look timeless together. You could wear different shades of the same colour too as it can add definition and layers to an outfit. 

3. Put different patterns together

This is a tricky tip but it can work if you get your patterns right. Why not wear a striped jumper and a checkered scarf? Or you could try more eccentric patterns – spots and stripes or even experiment with geometric patterns. Give it a go and see if this kind of layering works for you. It doesn’t work for everyone, but give it a go in the comfort of your own room! 

But beware – don’t stick vertical stripes and horizontal stripes together!

4. Add layers with different textures

If you don’t want to experiment with patterns just yet then you can use different textures. Try leather and knitwear (my favourite combination) or suede and cotton. Experimentation is the key with this layering tip. The thickness of clothing can also be played around with. Try some culottes with a chunky knit for a cute seasonal look. 

5. Accessorise! 

The final tip is to accessorise. Accessories like belts, hats, scarves and jewellery can make an outfit look layered.  Think about adding a chunky necklace or rings to accentuate an outfit. You can also use a large belt to break up the top and bottom half of an outfit. 

So there you have it. Five easy ways to do layering! 

Check out the video below for some outfit ideas.


What’s your favourite way to layer in winter? Let us know in the comments below!