The Fashion Week Guide to Layering

Hansika Iyer

The Fashion Week Guide to Layering:

3°F. No your weather app is not joking. Winter is upon us and although Ithaca has been forgiving this year, any temperature below 75o calls for weather-related outfit drama. Yes, we are told to bundle up in thermals and multiple sweaters. We slip on our chunky scarves and pom pom hats, topping everything with a puffy black coat only to arrive at class and spend six minutes stripping the various layers off. After sitting in lecture for the remaining 49 minutes, uncomfortably surrounded by our various coats and cardigans, we proceed to throw on the layers in the fastest way possible and scurry out of the lecture hall in our Eskimo garb. Layering is our friend for keeping warm but layering is not always our friend when it comes to style. With frigid temperatures in New York City for Fashion Week, fashion’s best were forced out of their strappy stilettos and decorative blazers and into....into more fashionable clothing? Yes, it is possible to stay warm and cozy while dressing in fashion. From fashion’s best editors and it-girls, here is the official Fashion Week Guide to Layering.

1. But First, Pants (or Tights)
I know that wool skirt in your closet you bought on a whim at J.Crew is calling you. It’s telling you that it needs to be worn today, the 12o plus windchill day where you have class in Stocking Hall, that building so far away that most of us don’t know it exists. While the urge to stay stylish and show off your desirable knees from underneath said wool skirt may be overwhelming, don’t leave the house with exposed ankles or knees. I know, you think that the few inches of exposed skin will survive the bitter cold. No outfit is worth suffering. If you insist, slip on a pair of fleece-lined leggings underneath and be on your way. But please, wear some pants/jeans/leggings/tights/culottes...Just do it.

2. That’s Why It’s Called Sweater Weather
Rapid-fire ways to style sweaters: Slouchy cardigan + button down shirt + flared jeans, sweater tunic + leggings + menswear-inspired vest, cropped crew + maxi skirt + oversized denim jacket, cutout hoodie + contrasting sports bra + track pants, lace full-sleeve tee + short sleeved sweater + high-waisted trousers, sweater leggings + neoprene sweatshirt + your favorite t-shirt

3. Coats: There’s More to Life Than Your One Puffy Parka
The sign of winter is not, as most assume, the falling of snow but more likely the hoards of students outfitted in fur-trimmed hoods and black puffer coats. If you feel that your coat is a little bland, try layering a long vest underneath for a swirl of fabric peeking out at the bottom. If you are in the market for a new coat, try a bold statement coat that will keep you warm and also help you stand out amongst the dreary winter coats of everyone else.

4. How To: Scarves
Infinity. Blanket. Poncho. Fringe. Square. Bandanna. There are a million ways to tie scarves. Count them yourself if you don’t believe me. Winter scarves are meant to keep you warm but they can also add texture and color to an outfit. A giant checked scarf draped across your shoulders makes a statement when walking across the arts quad and also doubles as a blanket for your chilly CS lecture. Scarves are the perfect accessory to experiment with. Not sure yellow is your color? A cashmere scarf in butter yellow might just be the pop of color you need to remind you that summer exists.

5. The Turtleneck Is Your Friend
My lifelong opposition towards turtlenecks has been defeated by the need to 1) keep my neck warm and 2) stay in the fashion loop. Although I claimed that turtlenecks are itchy and suffocating, they successfully keep your jugulars cozy. Turtlenecks are the Swiss-Army-Knives of layering. Wear them under a button-down for a Vogue editor vibe or pair a sleeveless turtleneck crop top with jeans for a night out. A turtleneck dress may just be the perfect business casual outfit you need for your next meeting. The four inches of your neck that are now kept warm will thank you for the fashion statement.