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Stay Warm this Winter, Dress in Stylish Layers

Layering from head to toe
Layering from head to toe

Janelle Wilson,

December 14, 2012 — Layering is always key during the winter months - when you wear one piece of clothing on top of another, the air pockets between the materials trap and absorb your body heat and in turn help to keep you feeling warm.

Canada Goose HyBridge Lite Jacket, $495,
Canada Goose HyBridge Lite Jacket, $495,

First Layers

The trick to layering is to go from thinnest to thickest.†

Start with a thin camisole or tank top in silk or polyester next to your skin to help wick away moisture (avoid cotton since it absorbs moisture and in turn will make you feel colder).†

Second Layers

Follow your first layers with a heavier fabric like a cozy sweater, cardigan or blazer, or you can choose to layer a few thin layers instead, like a turtleneck under an oxford shirt, or a long sleeve t-shirt under a knit vest.

Donít forget to layer your legs as well. A pair of stockings or leggings underneath a pair of jeans or pants will keep you feeling that much warmer.

Final Layers

Add your heaviest and thickest layers at the end. Today, you can find outerwear that wonít leave you looking like the Michelin Man!

Even the quintessential Canadian puffer coat has been given a fashion-forward makeover. Out with the bulkiness, in with the fitted bodices.†The new Hybridge Lite collection from Canada Goose features lightweight down, yet another great layering option instead of a sweater or fleece vest.

Layering for Casual Days

For casual weekends running errands or strolling around the neighbourhood, try this stylish layered look: Throw on a long-sleeved t-shirt and a denim button up. Add a pair with black leggings or jeans, a faux fur vest, and moto boots. Add a stack of dazzling bracelets for a finishing touch, and donít forget a knit cap and scarf as well.

Layering for Formal Nights

If you want to arrive at your special dinner or event looking warm and put-together, try this: Wear your favourite form-fitting dress under a blazer with opaque tights and a great pair of pumps. On top of this layer a pashmina, or wool cape, elbow-length gloves (also called opera gloves) and finish with a statement necklace or earrings. A fabulous fedora is the perfect topper for this look, and right on trend for the season.

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