How to Layer for Winter

If there is one thing my kiddos don’t love, it’s the cold. They’re Florida babies through and through, so they don’t typically have to deal with too many months of cold weather, but this year we had a couple of trips that meant they got to experience some temps they aren’t quite used to. Haha! We just so happened to be in Washington D.C. during one of their coldest snaps last month and we recently got back from our annual after-Christmas trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains, which always trumps Florida’s much warmer December weather. Layering was, obviously, a big necessity when it came to their outfits. So, let’s talk about how to layer this winter…

Being the all year ’round kinda fashion lover that I am, I enjoyed being able to play around with their wardrobes even more this winter and, like I said, all those cold-weather looks included lots of layers! The reason being that when we’re out and about in cold weather, we find ourselves going from the frigid air outside to overheated buildings and if the kids can’t strip off some layers when they get inside, they’re miserable. Actually, so is their mama. I hate being too hot or too cold. Who’s with me? I guess we should all live in California. Bwah! But I digress…

how to layer

winter boots

First let’s start with a nice, warm jacket or coat. Most kiddos can’t wear a coat for more than one season thanks to the speediness with which they grow, so you probably don’t want to spend an arm and a leg on them. Old Navy has some super warm and incredibly cute coats that are priced just right. Both my kiddos were nice and toasty in their puffer jackets as they toured our nation’s Capitol in thirty degree weather. And I’m also partial to their quilted jackets. They’re seriously stylish too!

fleece jacket

winter layers

Next, a good sweatshirt, hoodie or zip-up pullover is one of my favorite layering pieces. Not only can they serve as jackets in milder temps, but they’re perfect for when it’s too hot to have a coat on inside, but not quite warm enough for a shirt only. Patagonia makes some fabulous fleece ones and the fun color of my son’s Better Sweater Fleece Jacket really pops against the more neutral colors of the rest of his look like his black and white camo cargo pants for instance. And the kitty print of my daughter’s Cat & Jack sweatshirt couldn’t be any sweeter. Also, the glitter in her jeggings is so fab, I want a pair. Bwah!

cat and jack

stride rite high tops

sibling style

Underneath the hoodie and coat you’ll want a long-sleeved top. I’m a big fan of thermal tees for when it’s really chilly, but a cotton number will do just fine if your hoodie is heavy enough. We found some fun printed stripe and floral long-sleeved tops at Old Navy too. They went perfectly under both sweaters and hoodies/zip-ups alike! I mean it doesn’t get much cuter than a floral print top and bright red cords…Am I right?!

red cords

winter layer look

Now, while layering is an integral part of my kids’ winter wardrobes, so is footwear. And this year we’ve been all bout high-tops and boots. Snow boots are on our list for obvious reasons. They tackle icy, snowy weather like nothing else. Keen’s Kelsey and Basin WP boots were just what my littles needed to keep them nice and toasty.

winter coat

matching layers

puffer coat

puffy coat

boys boots

And high-tops are perfect for winter because they keep those tiny ankles warm and add a ridiculously cool element to outfits, which is always a plus for my style-focused daughter. My son, on the other hand, just wants to be comfortable. Thank goodness his Keen Encanto Wesley High-Tops are just that! As are my little lady’s Encanto Scout High Tops. Plus, they sparkle, so you know they were a hit with her! While we’re talking about sparkle, we also took advantage of the metallic trend with Stride Rite’s Stone High Tops. Another home run!

high tops

keen high tops

how to wear pink

metallic high tops

So, as you round out your kids’ cold weather wardrobes, I hope you’ll think about how to layer this winter and consider adding a few of these layering and footwear must haves to the rotation! Also, a little tip… *Outerwear has started to go on hyper sale and they’re selling out fast, so don’t delay if you need new jackets or coats!

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  • Do kids dress way cooler than I ever did, or is it just me? I’d wear that green jacket your son had on, as a grownup. And I miss the days my girls – now 19, 16 and 12 – would wear a top with little cat heads on it like your daughter has!