my favorite middle layers this winter

winter has been hard. in my last blog post, i talked a little bit about the impulses i have felt to accrue new items in my wardrobe in an effort to combat the staleness i feel like the winter has brought. when i leave the house every day, i feel like i look the exact same since i have my two main coats. so, in an effort to continue to find some new inspiration, i decided to peel back the coat just one layer and really enjoy my middle layers.

the unsung hero of winter, these layers keep me warm and serve as my main look once i’ve escaped the freezing temperatures outside. so, i wanted to try a different style of blog post. these are 5 middle layers i’ve been reaching for recently and how i would style them.

classic crewneck

there isn’t a better piece to kick of this blog post - the crewneck has been and always will be a key building block of any wardrobe i create. recently, i’ve been favoring lighter colors over my more typical black and navy palette to brighten things up. so, this 1920 sweatshirt has been fitting the bill quite nicely. 

details

sweatshirt [gifted] - 1920

jacket [gifted] - dstld

pants - oak + fort

boots - dsw

beanie - vintage

cozy fleece

although i try to stray away from anything i feel is a little too bro-y, this Everlane fleece has started to change my mind about this really practical piece. i love the cozy texture, green color, and half-zip style. plus, it’s made of recycled plastic bottles so sustainability, ✔️

details

fleece - everlane renew

denim - levi’s

coat - river island

boots - dsw

heavy-weight button up

i’ve been obsessed with a heavier weight button up as i’ve been building out this new wardrobe. it’s practical and the fabric is super soft. plus, it’s typically warm enough that i can use it as a middle layer and avoid having to make my outfit too bulky. i paired this one i snagged from a thrift store with a basic turtleneck underneath. 

details

shirt - eddie bauer

turtleneck - urban outfitters

denim - thrifted

coat - river island

boots - dsw

quilted vest

in the same vein as a fleece, a vest, to me, is the ultimate prep piece. however, this vest is missing the quintiessential collar and the strong accent hardware reminds me of a military liner. plus, it’s been the perfect layer under my puffer to add some color, depth, and detail to my look. 

details

vest [gifted] - kaap studio

shirt - everlane

puffer - vintage

denim - everlane

shoes - oliver cabell

beanie - vintage

thicc knit

no matter what other pieces i explore, i will always return to my roots and throw on a high-quality knit when the temperatures plummet. i love the color of this wool sweater. the green and blue combination in the yarn is really appealing to me - i think it’s really unusual and adds a really unique flair to any outfit i’m styling it with. i picked this one up while i was in ireland in 2015 but you can find really great wool sweaters at any local thrift store. 

details

sweater - unkown

puffer - vintage

denim [gifted] - dstld.

shoes - oliver cabell

beanie - vintage