Sometimes layered outfits can be tricky. Which layer do you choose and then how do you accessorize based on that layer? Here’s a quick guide with a few outerwear options.
Trying to figure out layered outfits? They can be tricky, but here’s a quick guide with a few layered outfit ideas with various outerwear.
I’ll show you the same outfit with a few different layers, and how I’d switch the accessories to work best with the layer.
I hope this is helpful and shows you how versatile an outfit can be with just a few changes.
Layered outfit ideas with different outerwear
Make it classy
If you want to dress up a jeans and sweater outfit, a dress coat (coats that are tailored at the waist and flare out) and heeled ankle boots are great options for the colder weather. I chose a semi dressy bag that’s not too casual but not too fancy.
This would be a great outfit for work (swap for pants if you can’t wear jeans)!
Cold weather friendly
If you’re heading somewhere cold, or just need a good everyday outfit for cold weather where you live, add a warm puffy coat, lace up boots, and a hat to keep your head warm.
See how this coat and these accessories make this outfit way more dressed down?
MADEWELL LEATHER JACKET (similar lower price HERE) | MADEWELL SWEATER (wearing size XS) – similar HERE | SIMILAR GOOD AMERICAN JEANS (wearing size 0), similar jeans HERE | SIMILAR CHELSEA BOOTS | SIMILAR BLACK QUILTED SHOULDER BAG
Need something edgy?
Looking to make your outfit more edgy or sleek? A black leather jacket is a great option to make any outfit have more of a sleek feel. I chose sleek black boots (you could do heels or cool sneakers), and then a sleek black purse. This black purse is a little more dressy, which I think elevates the outfit, without making it overly dressy. But you could definitely do a more casual purse.
This would be a great outfit for date night!
LEVI’S SHEARLING DENIM JACKET | MADEWELL SWEATER (wearing size XS) – similar HERE | SIMILAR GOOD AMERICAN JEANS (wearing size 0), similar jeans HERE | BLACK HIGH TOP SNEAKERS | MADEWELL MINI CROSSBODY BAG
Make it casual
Want to make your outfit more casual? Try dressing it down with a denim jacket. Denim is inherently casual, and this denim jacket works so well against the black jeans (I don’t love a blue denim on denim outfit usually). To keep the casual feel going, I chose a pair of high top sneakers (warmer than low top sneakers, but you couldn’t do those too!), and a casual mini leather bag.
This is a great everyday outfit for errands or lunch with friends, or weekend activities!
SIMILAR TRENCH COAT | MADEWELL SWEATER (wearing size XS) – similar HERE | SIMILAR GOOD AMERICAN JEANS (wearing size 0), similar jeans HERE | MADEWELL BASEBALL HAT | SIMILAR BLACK CHELSEA BOOTS | SIMILAR WOVEN BAG | AMAZON LEOPARD STRAP
Ready for rain
How about a classic, casual feel? A trench coat is a great classic layer, and with a pair of flat ankle boots and a baseball hat, you have a chic rainy day outfit.
I’d wear this outfit to run errands, on weekends, or for everyday when it’s drizzly!
SIMILAR PUFFER VEST | MADEWELL SWEATER (wearing size XS) – similar HERE | SIMILAR GOOD AMERICAN JEANS (wearing size 0), similar jeans HERE | MADEWELL BASEBALL HAT | SIMILAR BLACK CHELSEA BOOTS | MADEWELL BURGUNDY CAMERA BAG
Easy warm winter layers
Adding a vest to an outfit is a great option for a casual layer, and totally switches the outfit up. To keep the casual vibe going, I chose a baseball hat and a casual crossbody bag.
This is a good weekend or everyday casual kind of outfit.
Another casual option
Another casual layer option is an olive utility jacket. It’s similar in casual level to a denim jacket, but adds a pop of color. I chose a pair of white sneakers to keep the outfit casual and sleek, but you could wear a printed sneaker or flat for a little pop of print.
This is a great casual look for everyday or weekends, or site seeing!