How to Make Winter Layers Work in the Office

Posted January 27, 2015 by in Career

Layering is the perfect way to stay warm and feel comfortable all day long, but layering is not always the easiest thing to do in the office. It is a common struggle that women deal with every winter, whether they want to dress warm and look sluggish, or dress work appropriate and be cold.

Despite these difficulties, there are a lot of ways that women can make winter layers work while at the office. Below are a few simple tricks that will get you looking stylish and warm, while still maintaining professionalism at your job.

How to Make Winter Layers Work in the Office

Start with a Good Base Layer

The first layer is the most important when layering clothes for work. An ill-fitting base layer can cause the entire outfit to look off. Instead of creating a messy start, women should focus on getting great fitting undergarments that will help them feel confident. You can start this by first getting bra sizing help and investing in great shape-wear.

Avoid Anything Too Oversized

Oversized layers have been very popular this season. Though this look is very on trend, it is not usually appropriate for the office. Instead, women should stick with layers that are fitted and clean cut. However, a woman could possibly pull off a chunky sweater in the office if paired with a belt and a fitted skirt.

Put Belts over Coats and Jackets

Belts are a girl’s best friend in the winter. Everyone can look a little more put together with the correct belt in their outfit. Belts are also a great way to cinch a woman’s waist under heavy winter layering pieces. This allows women to wear the heavy fabrics that keep them warm without getting lost.

Use Jewelry to Add Dimension to Layers

Layering does not always need to be done with clothing. Women can add interest and style to any outfit by layering jewelry and other accessories. For example, a woman can add a sparkly necklace to a plain, neutral sweater and dress up a boring tunic with a colorful scarf.

Tailor Everything

Tailoring may sound like an old-fashioned way to make an outfit better, but it is still one of the most effective tricks in the book. Tailoring is the best way to make even the most stubborn layers fit well enough to be appropriate at work. This can range from a cozy cashmere sweater to a heavy tweed pair of pants. Any items that can be adjusted can help make every single outfit look better no matter what season it is.

 *This post was contributed.