How To: Rethink Layering

Ok so I know the word “layering” doesn’t exactly spark up images of sophisticated, fashion-forward outfits (I always picture fleece and thermal underwear) but let’s face it, layering is sometimes a necessity. Luckily this winter, it’s possible to bundle up without sacrificing style.

From faux furs, to cute graphic sweatshirts, to structured coats and thin puffers – layering doesn’t have to be bulky, boring or basic.

See how our ‘Girl in Focus’ Aly Armstrong plays with layers to build some cozy, yet seriously fashionable outfits.

Faux Fur Jacket + Sweater Dress

If you're only going to invest in one on trend piece this winter, make it a faux fur jacket! Perfect over sweater dresses, turtlenecks, t-shirts...

Faux Fur Jacket available at H&M $99*; Oversized Sweater Dress available at H&M $39.99*; Steve Madden Gorgeous Thigh-High Boots available at Hudson's Bay $150*.

Structured Wool Coat + Belt

As we all know, there are some SERIOUSLY beautiful coats out there right now. So I say why not celebrate those coats by wearing them proudly instead of shedding them as soon as you walk in the door. A belt is a great way to emphasize your waist and make your coat look more dress-like, it also helps to keep your warmer (since it cinches you in) and adds a little extra something to your look.

Wool Coat available at Le Chateau $269.95*; Wide Belt available at H&M $19.99*; Noisy May Sweater Dress available at Privilege $65*;  Lexi & Abby Ryland Ankle Boots available at Hudson's Bay $89*.

Blazer + Sweatshirt

We all love a good blazer and t-shirt combo so why not a blazer and sweatshirt? Layer a boyfriend-style blazer over a sweatshirt for an edgy, yet polished look. Pair with your favourite pair of leather leggings and pumps or denim and sneakers.

Blazer available at H&M $69.99*; Brunette the Label Babes Supporting Babes Sweatshirt available at Privilege $79*; La Class Couture Vegan Leather Leggings available at Below the Belt $60*; Steve Madden Dashing Stiletto available at Town Shoes $100*.

Slip Dress + Turtleneck

Layer a fitted turtleneck underneath your favourite slip dress to make it a year-round piece. Top with a faux fur coat or your favourite puffy jacket and you're good to go!

Brunette the Label Velvet Slip Dress available at Privilege $150*; Ribbon Luxe Fitted Turtleneck available at Plenty $38*; MinkPink Faux Fur Hooded Coat available at Privilege $130*; Ocigossi Suede Boots with Embellished Heel available at Aldo $140*.

Wool Jacket + Puffer Jacket

Sometimes one coat just isn't enough! For some extra insulation, layer a lightweight puffy jacket under your wool jacket. Go tone on tone for a chic and polished look or contrasting for a more athletic vibe.

Two-in-One Jacket available at RW&CO. $299.99*; Ribbon Luxe Fitted Turtleneck available at Plenty $38*; Adriana Goldschmied Jeans available at Privilege $298*; Suede Boots available at Le Chateau $169.95*.

How do you layer?

*Prices quoted are regular prices, before taxes. Price and availability are subject to change. Please see stores for details.