The Art of Layering: A Guide to Perfecting Your Winter Wardrobe

As the winter chill has well and truly set in, when it comes to styling, we know that it's not just about staying warm, but mastering the art of layering to create an aesthetic, yet practical winter wardrobe. At Lily Ella, we believe that each layer should be a canvas for self-expression, allowing you to showcase your unique style while staying cosy. 

Winter fashion is all about layering effectively. When done right, layering up your outfit can help you create a unique and refined look and is a great way to have fun experimenting with different styles, colours and textures. 

How to layer clothes to look stylish this winter

In this guide, we'll take you through the essentials of layering and show you how to elevate your winter fashion with our fabulous collection. From weather-appropriate accessorising to choosing statement foundation pieces, we’ve put together the key steps you need to consider when crafting your layered winter wardrobe. 

Start with the Basics

The foundation of any great winter ensemble is high-quality basics. Invest in well-fitted tops and trousers that provide an extra layer of warmth to create the foundation of your outfit. We love our luxury wool trousers to serve this purpose, as the relaxed, straight-leg fit combined with the luxurious, heavy fabric makes for the perfect way to preserve warmth without compromising on the style of your outfit. 


Mix textures to create definition 

Elevate your look by incorporating different textures into your layers. Pair a chunky knit sweater or cardigan with a silky blouse, or add a luxurious faux-fur or checked-knit scarf for extra visual appeal. Mixing textures not only adds interest to your outfit, but also creates dimension, making your look appear more refined and put-together. 


Invest in a good quality cardigan

Cardigans are a winter wardrobe essential, offering endless styling possibilities. A cardigan is a great way to add an extra layer of warmth, while still showcasing the finesse of your outfit beneath. From bold patterns to classic knit styles, our cardigan collection at Lily Ella boasts an array of styles in various colours to suit any winter occasion. We particularly love the Ashbridge Cardigan, as this is a statement piece all of its own that can really bring your outfit to life. 


Accessorise with intention

Accessories can be the perfect finishing touch that ties your layered look together. Experiment with scarves, hats, and gloves to add pops of colour and personality to your outfit. Our collection of accessories has been carefully crafted to complement our clothing line, ensuring that you can find the perfect pieces to complete your winter ensemble with us. For a look that can take you from day time errands to nighttime occasions, we loved the fur-lined, bucket-style Alden Hat, or for a more traditional winter accessory, the Khloe Hat in Ivory may be just the thing. 

Shop all Lily Ella winter accessories. 

Invest in statement outerwear

Your winter coat will be the thing you reach for most often during the cold season, so it’s important to make it count! Choose a statement coat that not only keeps you warm but also serves as a focal point for your outfit. You’ll want to consider the colour palette of your wardrobe, however, to ensure you choose a style that will blend seamlessly with your existing pieces. If your favourite base clothing pieces are more varied and bold in colour, then opt for a more muted coat, or if the opposite is the case, then don’t be afraid to make a bolder choice with your last layer.

We love the Una Coat in Camel for a subtle look, or to make a statement, why not opt for the Janey Coat which dons a beautiful floral pattern and rich red hue.

UNA COAT - £44   

Consider all-day comfort

Look for pieces that transition seamlessly from indoor to outdoor settings. Through the winter, it can be necessary to get all wrapped up when setting foot outside, however you can quickly overheat once you return to the comfort of the indoors. Bear this in mind when selecting your layering pieces, and opt for garments that can be easily taken off and carried without adding too much weight. We recommend a wrap, such as the Blackberry Wrap or perhaps the Cordelio Poncho, as these pieces can be easily added or removed as temperatures fluctuate throughout the day.

Layer your look with Lily Ella

In summary, the best way to do winter layering is to start with the foundations of a quality, comfortable outfit, choosing basics that work well with a range of accessories and then build on your outfit from there. Adding unique accessories and easily-removed layers to create a distinctive yet practical look is key, so have fun with it and select items that match your own personal style! At Lily Ella, we’re here to help you do just that with our luxurious collection of women’s clothing and accessories.