Layering Inspiration

This feeling comes around this time every year where winter has lingered on for what feels like forever, yet there are no signs of spring for a few more weeks. With that, can come a serious lack of inspiration in creating different outfits and I find myself getting into a rut of wearing the same few items the same way while waiting for it be warm enough to bring out the spring wardrobe.

In Michigan, there’s still a bit of snow on the ground so it’s a tad too early to start transitioning into spring, but I’ve rounded up some outfit inspiration to help create new ways to wear what I already own through layering. Nothing below is new or revolutionary, but maybe you’re like me and have gotten into a routine of the same outfit rotations and could use a boost of creativity to get you to spring.

The Classics

IMG_6889The button down shirt is one of the most versatile items a person can own, and the ways to layer with it are endless. While layering a sweater over one is the easiest way to style it, why not try a heavy cotton long sleeve shirt to switch things up? I also tend to forget all about my blazers and light jackets after the fall,. Bringing out your blazer will not only polish off your outfit, but keep your extra warm while the temperature is so low across the country.



IMG_6893Styling a dress in the winter takes a little extra effort since it’s so easy to wear pants to stay warm, but if you’re in an outfit rut then a dress may be just the thing to change things up a bit. I love the first image on the left where she layered both a button down shirt and a sweater over a dress. Layering under dresses can switch it up as well with either a patterned t-shirt or a collared shirt for a more put-together look.



IMG_6897One of my favorite ways to layer is with a vest since it’s a piece of outerwear that’s perfectly acceptable to wear indoors. The image on the left is my favorite with the t-shirt/sweater/vest combo that flawlessly mixes pattern, texture, and color. The next two images show the versatility of a button down shirt with a t-shirt layered under either buttoned or unbuttoned.


I’d love to hear from you! What’s your favorite way to layer in the winter that switches things up?

All images via Pinterest


6 Comments on Layering Inspiration

    • thedressdecoded
      February 26, 2015 at 7:47 pm (9 years ago)

      I really appreciate that! Also, I love your blog!

  1. Karen Stacey
    February 26, 2015 at 5:53 pm (9 years ago)

    Once again you demonstrate why your blog is superior to all the others I follow. It’s not just a series of pretty pictures, but it’s both informative and inspirational. I particularly loved the outfits featuring vests. Please keep up the good work. I know it takes a lot of time and thought, but the effort is much appreciated.

    • thedressdecoded
      February 26, 2015 at 7:48 pm (9 years ago)

      That may be one of the best compliments I’ve gotten about my blogging, thank you kindly! I always strive to keep my posts helpful and I really appreciate that you’ve noticed that. 🙂

      Thank you again, and thanks for reading!

  2. Meagan Roll
    March 3, 2015 at 4:18 pm (9 years ago)

    I love this post–I find myself in this same position every year with a seemingly boring wardrobe. But, today I’m wearing the third vest look with the striped turtleneck, chambray and pearls and feel like a new woman! I had the items all along and didn’t know how to freshly pair them. The layering was perfect for the snowstorm we got here in Utah this morning. Thanks for the inspiration, you’re a wonderful writer and have timeless taste!

    • thedressdecoded
      March 3, 2015 at 4:55 pm (9 years ago)

      Wow, thank you for the kind words, I really appreciate them!

      I feel the same way, glad to know I’m not alone. That’s why I love blogs/pinterest/instagram – for inspiration on how to wear what I already own or own a similar item.

      Thanks for reading!


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