With the weather being relatively warm for November, the last thing we want to do is to take out the good ol’ parka for a run. Because let’s face it. Nothing says winter like a heavy-duty coat shield. We all know once it comes out, it never makes it way back into the closet. Well, not at least until spring.

So how does one stay warm without taking out the winter proof outerwear?
To hold on to fall just a little while longer, we can’t think of a better idea than layering up with must-have seasonal pieces. Think knits, cashmere, wool all in one outfit.

When it comes to layering, the key to making it work without looking like an abominable snowman is to start with light, tighter-fitting clothing underneath and build your way out with heavier and warmer pieces on top. Still find yourself scratching your head in confusion? Don’t worry because we’ve stepped up to the plate. We present you a guide on how to layer this season without a parka. With these 10 tried-and-trued pieces, you’ll be a master at the art of layering in no time.



Probably the trickiest part of layering is what piece to start off with, as this is in essence, your foundation. Stick to light materials that won’t bulk up easily, but will also insulate you from the cold.

First Layer

  1. Silk Shirt – Equipment Slim Signature Blouse, $293
  2. Turtleneck – Rag & Bone Briony Turtleneck, $215
  3. Slip Dress – T by Alexander Wang Cut-Out Dress, $205



For your next layering piece, you would want to go with a thicker material (ie. cashmere or chambray) that a) will add a layer of warmth and b) will not be too bulky when worn over the bottom piece. For example, a cashmere over a silk shirt will make for a warm preppy look, while a sleeveless sweater over a turtleneck combo will make sure you get ample warmth in the core area, while allowing your arms to feel free.

Second Layer

  1. Chambray Shirt – J.Crew Always Chambray Shirt, $102 
  2. Oversized Sweater – Chloé Cashmere Knit Sweater, $995
  3. Sleeveless Sweater – Wilfred Durandal Sweater, $145



For many people, the third layer is probably the most important piece in the outfit. Not only can it be your last, but also it will essentially protect you from the cold temperatures. However, if you’ve followed the above two steps, this piece will be your fave as it will be the focal point of your look. We have the below three options for you to choose from.

3rd Layer

  1. Vest – Oak + Fort Vest E11, $218
  2. Cardigan – Cos Open-front Wool Cardigan $233
  3. Leather/Denim Jacket – Conroy Leather Biker Jacket, $650



If you are in need of extra warmth, fret not because there’s always an option of adding one last topper. For those who didn’t opt for a heavier duty leather or denim jacket, a cape is an effortless and elegant way to top your look. For the jacket wearers that are looking for extra warmth without bulking up, a fur vest will check all the boxes. And last but not least, it’s never a bad idea to wrap yourself in a versatile blanket scarf for whatever chic outfit you do end up choosing.

Fouth Layer

  1. Cape – Lemaire Wool Cape, $1,151
  2. Faux Fur/Feather Vest – Club Monaco Violet Feather Vest, $229
  3. Blanket Scarf – Zara Jacquard Scarf, $40