There’s a true art to layering and it takes years to master, I’ve decided. Some people just bulk on layers. Others freeze in not nearly enough clothing (usually below the age of 25). And then there’s that happy middle ground in which you’re warm enough for the cool temps, but also have an outfit, not just a layered assortment of clothing.
I’ve shared my favorite layering tanks and tees, but then there’s the stuff on top. So what’s answer to “what to wear in forty degree weather?” In reality, this outfit was ideal for highs in the thirty and forty degree neighborhood with some rain mixed in. . .
What to wear in forty degree weather?
Last week I shared my unequivocal love for this long down parka as well as other great puffer coats of the season. But the jacket is really the finishing touch.
On our trip to Vancouver (and traveling through the UK last spring), my layering was down to a science. As far as undershirts are concerned, I start with a simple camisole and a long sleeve shirt.
For this outfit, I added my V neck Theory sweater. If I want a layered look, I often wear a collared shirt in lieu of the long sleeve tee under my sweater. See these sustainable sweaters for more warm layers.
Since having a very warm midi coat is absolutely essential, you then need to protect your feet and calves before adding the accessories. I always wear knee high socks and, if it’s raining, my UGG rain boots. Since it wasn’t rainy on this particular day, I had my favorite sneakers on!
And then come the finishing touches – my new favorite fringe scarf and a hat of some kind. I actually found this adorable pom pom beanie on our first day in Vancouver (when we sought refuge in Nordstrom from the rain).
You know I absolutely love my berets too (see how to wear a beret). I love my fedora hats when I’m home, but beanies and berets fit much more easily in suitcases, so they’re ideal when I’m traveling!
Gloves are obviously a nice addition too, but I tend to use my phone for photos a lot and gloves often slow me down. So, usually I just have my hands in my pockets!