“How do you wear layers and yet avoid looking like a patchwork blimp?” Thank you, Elizabeth B., for your question. I wore the look below for our Saturday drive to Abingdon, Va. It was a beautiful sunny day. However, it was cold (33ºF) and windy.
While in cold, windy weather for long periods, I wear base layers in black or winter white. I’m not wearing them in these photos, but I always do when spending more than a few minutes outdoors. The top is here. The pants are here. These very thin layers make a significant difference in keeping warm without adding bulk.
Silk (or any) scarf helps keep me warm since we lose a lot of heat from the throat and upper chest area. A beanie or a felt fedora hat will also help with heat loss from the top of the head. The scarf measures about thirty-five inches across, and it is square. I folded it on the bias, tied the ends in a tiny knot, and wrapped the resulting loop twice around my neck. I used the colors in the scarf to guide me in my clothing and accessories choices. My scarf is about five years old. A similar silk scarf is here.
The first layer is a white long sleeve tee (similar here). It fits close to the body the fabric has a smooth texture. Similar navy cardigans are here and here. My navy sweater is old by Tory Burch. It has some texture and enough bulk to lay smooth under and over other items. If a cardigan isn’t heavy enough, it won’t fall nicely over the layer underneath.
Another tip is to choose garments that don’t cling or drag on each other. Thin layers are, in my experience, warmer than bulky ones that aren’t tightly woven. I always tuck in the first layer to hold in body heat. If I add a sweater that isn’t open in the front, I skip the belt, which might damage the sweater and will show as a lump underneath.
The warmest coat I have is a classic tailored one I’ve had for a couple of years. I’ll have it for a few more since the classic lines, and the neutral color won’t date. However, since it hits below the knee, I wear at least two-inch tall block-heels in shoes or boots. A similar coat is here and here.
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I snapped the photos below during our lovely afternoon in Abgindon.
I appreciate your questions and comments very much. Thank you for taking the time to leave them. Please share your suggestions if you live in a much colder climate where my tips might not provide sufficient warmth.