2020 Winter Street Fashion Trends: The Layering Tricks That Will Help You Outsmart the Weather This Year

We’ve long associated experimental layering with the Olsen twins during the mid-noughties—hiding from the paparazzi in mountains of bohemian fabrics and hefty coatigans.

If the thought of layering clothes gives you flashbacks to being told to dress for school with the requisite reminder, “Don’t forget your coat,” we promise you that piling it on has never been better. We’ve long associated experimental layering with the Olsen twins during the mid-noughties—hiding from the paparazzi in mountains of bohemian fabrics and hefty coatigans. And a decade later, playful layering is still on the style agenda, especially when navigating weatherproof dressing in winter.

To help, we’ve compiled key layering tricks that will help you get more wear out of your existing favourites over the next few months and help you decide what you need to invest in. If there’s one major tip we can give you? You’ll find that one of the most versatile, long-wearing purchases is a black roll-neck, along with a classic leather belt and over-the-knee boots. Below you’ll see classic layering techniques that minimalists always lean on, and then more out-there combinations—such as clashing prints and doubling up on coats—for those who like to experiment more with their looks.

2020 Winter Street Fashion Trends below for outfit formulas to make you excited about adding those extra layers.

2020 Winter Street Fashion Trends: Try the Preppy Shoulder Knot

2020 Winter Street Fashion Trends
Try the Preppy Shoulder Knot

2020 Style Notes: 

Looping a colourful jumper around your shoulders is an old preppy styling trick you’ll spot at any golf club, but it’s also Alexa Chung’s favourite way to layer up knitwear.

2020 Winter Street Fashion Trends
2020 Winter Street Fashion Trends: Oversized Wool Knit Jumper

2020 Winter Street Fashion Trends: Use Leather to Add Extra Warmth

2020 Winter Street Fashion Trends
Use Leather to Add Extra Warmth

2020 Style Notes: 

 Use leather separates to add extra warmth, weather that’s a shirt, trousers or blazer.

2020 Winter Street Fashion Trends: Pile on the Accessories Too

2020 Winter Street Fashion Trends
Pile on the Accessories Too

2020 Style Notes:

Don’t only layer up your outerwear but also pile on the chain necklaces too. It makes the outfit look more considered rather than like you’re pulling a Joey Tribbiani and wearing all your clothes at once.

2020 Winter Street Fashion Trends: Layer Up Knitwear

2020 Winter Street Fashion Trends
Layer Up Knitwear

2020 Style Notes: 

One of our favourite layering tricks is to pile on as much knitwear as you can physically fit on your body. We love how Brittany Bathgate wears a knitted skirt, jumper and another jumper knotted around her shoulders.

2020 Winter Street Fashion Trends
2020 Fashion Trends: Mix Sleeve Detail Top
2020 Winter Street Fashion Trends
2020 Fashion Trends: Blend Turtleneck Knit Sweater
2020 Winter Street Fashion Trends
2020 Fashion Trends: Knitted Skirt

2020 Winter Street Fashion Trends: Tuck Skinny Jeans Into Knee-High Boots

2020 Winter Street Fashion Trends
Tuck Skinny Jeans Into Knee-High Boots

2020 Style Notes: 

One way to add an extra layer of warmth is to tuck your trousers or jeans into your leather knee-high boots. 

2020 Winter Street Fashion Trends: A Black Roll-Neck Will Work Under Almost Anything

2020 Winter Street Fashion Trends
A Black Roll-Neck Will Work Under Almost Anything

2020 Style Notes: 

A fine black roll-neck is a layering staple that you can wear under everything from dresses to shirts to cardigans. 

2020 Winter Street Fashion Trends: Wear a Knitted Vest

2020 Winter Street Fashion Trends
Knitted Vest

2020 Style Notes: 

One way to add layers to your look without feeling bulky is to wear a knitted vest over your shirts and T-shirts.

2020 Winter Street Fashion Trends: Wear a Jacket Under Your Coat

2020 Winter Street Fashion Trends
Wear a Jacket Under Your Coat

2020 Style Notes: 

Ada Oguntodu shows how you can double up on coats and outerwear: by layering a blazer under a trench coat. 

2020 Winter Street Fashion Trends: Layer A Cardigan Under A Blazer

2020 Winter Street Fashion Trends
Layer A Cardigan Under A Blazer

2020 Style Notes: 

Layering a wool cardigan between your favourite top and blazer is a foolproof way to keep cosy. 

2020 Winter Street Fashion Trends: A Blanket Scarf Will Be Your Best Friend

2020 Winter Street Fashion Trends
A Blanket Scarf Will Be Your Best Friend

2020 Style Notes: 

While you can’t acceptably leave the house wearing a giant duvet around your shoulders, an oversized wrap scarf is the next best option. 

2020 Winter Street Fashion Trends: Two Jumpers Are Better Than One

2020 Winter Street Fashion Trends
Two Jumpers Are Better Than One

2020 Style Notes: 

When all else fails, try layering a thin jumper underneath a bulker one. When it comes to winter warmth, two jumpers are definitely better than one. 

2020 Winter Street Fashion Trends: Invest In A Puffer

2020 Winter Street Fashion Trends
Layered Puff Jackets

2020 Style Notes: 

When it comes to warmth, a puffer coat is an essential. Whether you opt for a playful printed style, or keep it neutral. 

2020 Winter Street Fashion Trends: Elevate Your Favourite Hoodie With A Structured Coat

2020 Winter Street Fashion Trends
A Structured Coat

2020 Style Notes: 

While your favourite hoodie might be reserved for trips to the gym or days spent on the couch, pairing it with a structured coat and jeans will elevate the look and keep you warm. 

2020 Winter Street Fashion Trends
2020 Street Fashion Trends: Mixed Cotton Jumper

Cassandra Schernoff

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