Basic Winter Layering

Layering essentials for all year around

Hey friends, happy Tuesday 🙂 The past few days have been such a whirlwind with snow, work being closed, traveling to see friends and more. I got to catch up with some college friends this week and to see some of my NC blogging babes! As hectic as the past few months have been, I was so excited to meet back up with some of my favorite ladies and be able to laugh, eat and enjoy each other. For me, hanging with friends (and accountability partners) is a great way to reset. One of the things I am working on in 2018 is to stress and worry less + not allow myself to get burnt out which includes taking much needed time off and seeing friends. We are just over a week into the new year and I am struggling to keep up with some goals I have set but am crushing other ones, so I am a happy girl! How are y’all doing with your resolutions/goals/ideas?

I am so excited to be sharing some easy fashion tips today! Y’all know that I adore layering and stacking simple pieces together. With the weather in NC reaching record lows, I figured this was a great time to talk about layering basics for winter. The best part about shopping for layers right now is that most stores have their winter pieces on major sale! If you notice, stores such as Target and Nordstrom have already started advertising bathing suits, vacation wear and other spring/summertime essentials. Right now is a great time to get winter layering pieces that you can style all season long for an amazing price. Below, I have rounded up my favorites in the following categories: basics, skirts, turtlenecks, sweaters, jeans, scarves/ponchos and jackets. The easiest pieces for me to layer are basics, sweaters and scarves. With the crazy temps, I have been stacking on several basic pieces and one pop of color/pattern to make my look standout, all while staying as warm as possible. For basics, I invest in 4-5 solid colored tanks; jeans in 3 shades – light, dark and grey; for cardigans, I love basic colors and one printed (such as B&W stripes); for jackets, I recommend one neutral and one colored jacket and to get a casual everyday jacket plus a long style trench/wool jacket for special events; and lastly for scarves/ponchos, invest in colorful/stylish prints that continue to be popular every year.

If you’re trying to build up your professional and personal wardrobes, I always recommend getting comfortable, modest pieces that you can transition through seasons and be happy to wear to work, cocktail hour and church. With building a capsule or minimalist collection, transitional pieces are your best friend and will be worth the investment if you purchase them at a higher price. Quality clothing pieces also go on sale often! So instead of buying the same $2 tank top over and over again, invest in a nicer $8-$20 tank top that you can catch on sale one day that will last you for a few years.

That’s all I have for today but be sure to let me know what your favorite layering pieces are in the comments! Shop all my favorites below -xo, Azanique <3






Scarves/ Ponchos



*BONUS finds: Y’all, I found some Hunter rainboots and Marc Fisher espadrilles on major sale in preparation for spring, my favorites are below & you can use the “shop” tab to see all of them*


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  • Reply Victoria

    these are great layering pieces! and love the sparkly necklace you added to complete the look!


    January 9, 2018 at 12:37 pm
  • Reply primetimechaos

    I adore that outfit! Although for the winter we have here, this would be way too cold (Austria, mountains and snow…) but I would love wearing this in summer or spring!
    xx, Theresa

    January 9, 2018 at 12:37 pm
  • Reply Shelby Back

    this dress is so cute! love it with that cardigan!


    January 9, 2018 at 1:44 pm
  • Reply Annaliese

    We are necklace twins! I love this cute outfit on you!!

    xoxo A

    January 9, 2018 at 2:24 pm
  • Reply Jenny

    This outfit is so cute on you! I need to stock up on some layers pieces with all these sales.

    January 9, 2018 at 6:51 pm
  • Reply kileen

    In love with this look girl! That cardigan is so cute and I love the color!

    cute & little

    January 10, 2018 at 12:19 am
  • Reply Kristin

    Layering in winter is my favorite! I love your cardigan!

    The Blush Blonde

    January 10, 2018 at 1:40 am
  • Reply PRETTY IN PINK MEGAN (@pipmegan)

    You look so cute and warm in these winter layers. Love the plaid dress!

    Megan |

    January 10, 2018 at 2:28 am
  • Reply Laura at Fairly Southern

    I never would have thought to put a statement necklace with a plaid dress like that! Super cute look!

    January 10, 2018 at 7:49 am
  • Reply Nataly

    Winter layers are the best part of winter! I love the pieces that you paired together.

    January 10, 2018 at 8:39 am
  • Reply Deborah

    These are all great tips and great foundation pieces to build layerable outfits!
    Also, I ADORE your dress – so cute!

    January 10, 2018 at 11:13 am
  • Reply Ashley DTKAustin

    I am in love with this entire outfit!! The color of that cardigan is perfection!

    January 10, 2018 at 12:19 pm
  • Reply Liz

    What a cute outfit! I love how you styled it!


    January 10, 2018 at 2:01 pm
  • Reply Megan Elliott (@LushtoBlush)

    Love this look babe!! That plaid dress is too cute!

    January 10, 2018 at 3:05 pm
  • Reply nicholle demag

    I always stock up on basic tops & wear them all the time under sweaters!

    January 10, 2018 at 5:05 pm
  • Reply UrbanBlonde

    Love your dress & so many cute sale picks!

    xo, Steph

    January 11, 2018 at 2:39 pm
  • Reply RunningInHeels

    That red cardi is so cute! Love all of your picks too!

    January 14, 2018 at 10:15 pm
  • Reply loganeabbott

    I love all of your layering tips, especially that necklace and that dress! I’ve tried wearing necklaces like that but I’ll be honest, I always feel like my collar gets wonky or like I’m choking haha. But your outfit is adorable!

    Logan |

    January 15, 2018 at 12:09 pm
  • Reply Rachel Tindall

    Great post! I still haven’t mastered layering, obviously I know how to do it but not in that “cool” way you see on Pinterest.

    xo Rachel – To Hell in a Handbag

    January 17, 2018 at 3:39 pm
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