Dress Warm Without The Bulk

Friday, October 16, 2015

As the temperatures start to drop we start to pile on the layers. It can be easy to feel like Randy from A Christmas Story in that scene where he can't put his arms down. We want to stay warm without looking like the Michelin Man, so I've compiled some of my favorite tips for dressing warm without the bulk:

Balance it. If you are wearing lots of bulky layers on the top, keep it slim and fitted on the bottom with tights, leggings, or a pant in a fitted cut.

Coat: Amanda Uprichard c/o Boots: White Mountain Shoes c/o
Belt it. Don't be afraid to belt your outerwear. This defines your waist and makes you appear less bulky. Mastering this can take a little bit of trial and error. Just play around with wide and skinny belts until you find what works best with each outfit. Just make sure that you have the belt at the smallest part of your waist. If you're too afraid to try this, look for a coat that comes with a belt or cinches in at the waist.

Image via Style Du Monde
Embrace Ribbing. Ribbed clothing may have a bit of a bad reputation for being outdated and not so stylish but it's popular for a reason, it's warm. The fabric traps pockets of heat in your clothes keeping you nice and warm. The lines also go a long way to create the illusion of longer limbs. Wear under sweaters, shirt dresses, etc.

Reach for light and warm fabrics like silk and cashmere. Silk is one of the most tightly woven fabrics, also making it one of the warmest. It's also very light so wear this instead of cotton button downs, blouses, or dresses. Cashmere is a very soft and light fabric, but it's also one of the best insulators, so it's another one you should reach for.

Swap tights for leggings. This is such an easy swap and if you wear them with a boot or a shoe that comes higher up nobody will even notice. Add a taller boot with a fleece lining and you'll be even warmer.

Go for a vest. Vests allow you to keep your core warm while leaving your arms free. You can layer them with a cozy sweater underneath or a jacket over them for extra warmth.


Thermal Underwear. Don't discount the power of basic layers. They may seem outdated, like the ribbed clothing, but the right thermal underwear can keep you warm and help you skip a few layers of clothing. It should fit snugly, but not add any bulk. A lot of technology goes into creating basic layering pieces that are warm but still light.

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14 comments :

  1. how cute are you?! i love belting a coat and always forget that is an option. happy weekend!

    xoxo cheshire kat

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  2. I love all of these cold weather outfits/suggestions! That dress in the first photo is adorable! I'll bet it's perfect with a bit of sparkle for the holidays.


    Jackie
    Something About That

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  3. These are great tips, Lauren! I love layering up for fall, but it's important to make sure the look still is chic and streamlined, not bulky.
    Julia // Little Miss Haute Couture

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  4. I hadn't thought of thermal underwear, Great tip! Staying warm without the bulk is constantly on my mind during cold months here in Utah. Love your blog and style!

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  5. Love the hot pink vest, too cute! I've been searching for one this season.

    Kaitlyn @ http://kaitlyn-danielle.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Kaitlyn! That one is from Old Navy a couple of years ago!

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  6. You look gorgeous in these two photos of you. I love how bright that vest is. Great tips!

    xo Azu

    www.raven-locks.blogspot.com

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  7. I love the green coat!

    www.tusksandtails.com

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  8. All your tips are great! I am waiting for it to be colder so I can wear my outerwear and belt it!
    Chichistashan.blogspot.in

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  9. That is so cute
    I love the styling

    The Bandwagon Chic | Instagram | Bloglovin | Snapchat: bandwagonchic

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  10. Love the belted coat and the vest! Because it doesn't get too too cold here in the fall, a vest seems like the perfect investment. Awesome post!

    Ally
    Hustle & Whoa

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  11. Love the outfits you put together!

    Heba xx || The HebaBloglovinInstagram

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