The Winter Layering Hack Every Fashion Insider Wears on Repeat


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Winter is all about stealth layering. At least, that is where I think wardrobes really shine during the coldest months of the year. If you’re interested in adopting some directional layering ideas this season, look no further than the cool winter sweater outfits that every fashion person is wearing with knits tied over outerwear. While this is something that has been around forever and is not new this season, we’ve seeing this picking up recently—especially with knits over coats and blazers as we ahead into the winter months.

The best part? This winter stying hack utilizes pieces you might already own. Just grab your go-to cashmere knit, straight-leg jeans, ankle boots, and a tailored coat—or a similar variation of this outfit formula—and you have a sleek, winter-ready look. Ahead, see how fashion people are wear it, and shop winter pieces inspired by their looks.


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For a transitional look, build your outfit around a denim jacket and loafers.


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The more layers, the better. This look is also proof that chunky knits double as scarves.


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Opt for a sweater in a color that pops against your outerwear.


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Tonal outfits are always a chic choice.


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Layering, perfected. The sweater on the shoulder adds just the right amount of dimension to this outfit.


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I love how knits add a degree of texture when layered over outerwear.

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Associate Director, Special Projects

Kristen Nichols is the Associate Director, Special Projects at Who What Wear with over a decade of experience in fashion, editorial, and publishing. She oversees luxury content and wedding features, and covers fashion within the luxury market, runway reporting, shopping features, trends, and interviews with leading industry experts. She also contributes to podcast recordings, social media, and branded content initiatives. Kristen has worked with brands including Prada, Chanel, MyTheresa, and Luisa Via Roma, and rising designers such as Refine and Tove, and her style has been featured in publications including, Vogue France, WWD, and the CFDA. Before Who What Wear, Kristen began her career at Rodarte, where she worked on assistant styling, photo shoots, and runway shows, and at Allure, where she moved into print and digital editorial. She graduated from the University of Southern California, where she studied art history and business, and currently lives in New York.