I Work in Styling at Nordstrom—I Swear By These Expensive-Looking Sweaters

To the untrained eye, winter fashion looks much easier than it actually is. In a world of puffer jackets, fuzzy boots, and chunky scarves, the best advice the fashion crowd often whispers to friends and family isn't just about the buzziest winter trends that they need to follow. It's about how to layer winter clothing properly.

We've gone over layering 101 here at Who What Wear, from the base layers you need to buy to stay toasty to the best materials for insulating knitwear. Although layering can seem complicated (and expensive!), some of the chicest pieces ring in well under $150 while remaining true to your personal style.

"When you're adding sweaters to your wardrobes, we start with basics and think about the different ways that you can style them," Rachel Boedecker, a stylist at Nordstrom, told Who What Wear. "Once you've got basics covered, we look for something different and unique, like a cutout, unique neckline, and unexpected color or silhouette."


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As for winter layering, investing in versatile pieces like neutral cardigans and wool sweaters is key, Boedecker said. "A neutral never fails. It's an easy way to elevate a look and can make your sweater look more expensive," she told us. Boedecker also suggests elevating your knitwear by styling it in unexpected ways, like wearing it over a dress or alongside a miniskirt. "I also love mixing textures by pairing a sweater with a faux-leather bottom," she adds.

Below, Boedecker rounded up all of the best expensive-looking layering basics available now at Nordstrom. 

More Nordstrom Layering Basics

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Ana Escalante is an award-winning journalist and Gen Z editor whose work ranges from dissecting size inclusivity at fashion week to discussing how American Girl Doll meme accounts are the the answer to society's collective spiral. She's covered it all: Queen Elizabeth II's corgis, Roe v. Wade frontline protests, and the emergence of jorts (or jean shorts for the uninitated). At Who What Wear, Ana is responsible for delivering smart, insightful, personality-driven shopping guides and trend features for a digital-first generation.

Before joining Who What Wear, Ana was Glamour magazine's editorial assistant, where she focused on daily news and special packages, including leading the brand's 2022 Met Gala coverage. For more than half a decade, she has covered style, beauty, and digital culture for publications such as Paper magazine, Harper's Bazaar, Vogue Japan, and Allure, among others. Ana has been called a rising star in media by publications such as Nylon and Teen Vogue. (Her mother, meanwhile, calls her "the coolest person" she knows.)