Cold outside? Just because you’re bundled up doesn’t mean you can’t do it in style. Layering is a bit of an art and yes, there are a lot of ways to get it right, and wrong. The great thing about layering is that you can integrate different clothes from your wardrobe that you might not often mix-and-match together in a completely new way.

Read below for three secrets to layering in style and get ready to look good no matter what mother nature throws at you.

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1. Scale your patterns from most dramatic to least dramatic (or vice versa) – when layering your clothes it’s all about gradual changes, this is particularly important with patterns. If you have a bold plaid button down don’t go right from this to a solid grey sweater, wear something with a bit of texture and maybe a light pattern.

Layering Clothes

2. Every layer should stand on its own – one of the key tenants of layering is making sure that every single button-down, sweater, vest, etc. can be worn on its own and still look good. You should be able to show up at a restaurant, bar, dinner party, etc. take off your jacket, shed your sweater, and still look just as good as you did when you walked in the door.

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3. Use one layer as an accent piece – don’t be afraid to throw a bold bright color into the mix. That’s the beauty of layering, you have a more complex canvas to work with. You can go nuts and accent with your main outer jacket or do something more subtle like a bright scarf or bow tie or a sweater like in the image above.

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