15 ways to layer winter outfits

Nikki ParkinsonFashion, How to 30 Comments

‘Tis the season to layer up to stay warm … well except for those record-matching days of unseasonal warmth last week in New South Wales and Queensland.

The rest of the month has very much been about creating a Sara Lee layer-upon-layer situation with our outfits.

The tricky part is to make the layers work without making the overall effect be of the bulky kind. I shared my tips for how to achieve this HERE.

If you can pull off a layered outfit that keeps you warm, doesn’t over-bulk things and still allows you to show your style personality then you have winter nailed.

I tell you who did have it nailed this month – the real women of #everydaystyle who took part in the #sylayers challenge.

There were more than 850 winter layering ideas from these incredible women. Check them out here for so much inspiration.

Read on 15 ways to layer winter outfits, PLUS the winner of this month’s challenge and details about the #everydaystyle challenge for next month.

15 ways to layer winter outfits

{I’m wearing: old ASOS coat; sass and bide knit from last year; Bohemian Traders jeans; FRANKiE4 Footwear VANESSA boots

15 ways to layer winter outfits


@kirstyashestyle: Queenslander Kirsty knows how to work light layers by mixing up proportions in the layers for added interest.


@5.foot.style: Petites take note, layers don’t need to overwhelm. Keep underneath layers streamlined.


@notsopeachie: Mix up layers with contrasting textures. Love the contrast of knit, fur and metallic necklaces on Chantelle.


@_afterafashion: Monochrome is always a winner in my books and Jane’s layering of black and white stripes with a black jacket and white scarf makes the whole look pop.


@styleandshenanigans: Vanessa rocks her layers at the best of times but this statement coat and leggings combo is next level.


@styled_by_bec: Adding a leather or pleather coat, buttoning it up and adding a scarf is a simple for of layering that immediately looks dressed up.


@firetrucks_and_fairies: Leanne takes casual layers up a notch by combining kahki with a cream knit and pastel-toned scarf.


@stylishmurmurs: Deborah shows that layered shades of grey in an outfit offer just as much excitement as the books of the same name.


@style_moi: mixing up the lengths of layers in your outfit ads interest. A longer base layer looks great under a shorter top layer.


@almostposh: longline cardis have come into their own this winter. I love Beth’s casual look of jeans, striped top and cardi … popped with a coloured scarf.


@istyl: Maudie’s addition of this sleevless, grey long vest over an all-black under layer is effortlessly easy with a result that’s so stylish.


@what_brooke_wore: a coloured coat is a good investment in statement winter layering. Love the contrast with the gold sneakers.


@kimbalikes: I love how Kim-Marie’s casual layering includes some pattern clashing and a touch of faux fur for texture.


@searched_and_sourced: when are two cardis better than one? When they’re layered like Mel has layered here. The diagonal hems in different lengths direct the eye up to the scarf.

And the July 2016 style challenge winner is …

A big congrats to @emhawkerblog … Em gives fabulous everyday style. Every day. And, being based in Melbourne, she knows her way around a layer or six. I love how she rocks a hat and her scarf collection is something else. Em is a mum so her style always incorporates pieces that can move with her throughout the day. Her smile is the icing on her outfit cake. Please email us: [email protected] with your postal and email address so we can get your Blue Bungalow gift card to you.


So tell me, inspired by these amazing women? What’s your favourite way to add texture to your winter outfits? Ready for the next style challenge?

Share your outfit to WIN

Every month in 2016 I’m giving away a $100 gift card to help freshen up your wardrobe.

This month you could win a $100 gift card from Surafina.

Each month, I’ll propose a different wardrobe theme for you to consider incorporating into your #everydaystyle outfit planning.

Each day that you incorporate that theme, simply upload  your photo using the #everydaystyle hashtag. To be in the running for the prize, you just need to add the specific hashtag for each month’s theme. This month, the hashtag is: #SYwintercolour

You can enter as many times as you like. You can upload to Instagram or upload to the SY #everydaystyle community Facebook group.

This month’s theme is: Winter colour. Show us your favourite way to wear colour in winter. #SYwintercolour

August #everydaystyle challenge | #SYwintercolour

Your outfit photo could be featured here on the blog with a link back to your Instagram page (if applicable). Entries close Monday, August 29, 2016. The winner will be announced on the blog, August 31, 2016.

Comments 30

  1. Thanks for featuring me Nikki xx It has been lots of fun putting together my outfits and it has helped with my confidence x

  2. Thanks for including me in this months layering post Nikki. I’ve only been posting my pics on here since Feb this year, and already I’m already starting to gain the confidence to find my own style.

  3. Oh, thank you so much! For both the prize and the very kind words. #everydaystyle is such a wonderful, supportive community, and I’m so glad to be a part of it. Congrats, Nikki – it’s a real credit to you. x

  4. Love these posts, Nikki. They give so much inspiration for wardrobe shopping (two cardis- briliant) and provide a new bunch of ladies to follow on Insta!

  5. Lovely layering all round! Great coat Nikki. But with an 8 degree maximum where I live today, an overcoat is the priority, with cashmere sweater, ponte pants plus tights, and boots and socks. Oh, and a beret! ❄️

  6. Congratulations Em and thanks Nikki for including me in this wrap. We’ve needed our layers on layers this week too in Melbs – it’s been absolutely freezing! x

  7. Great style and gorgeous array of ladies featured. More,more, more!

    Permanent draped scarf action here in Melbourne, deep rich colours, knitted textures and or pom poms and tassels
    …to combat the utilitarian black coat!

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