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    29 Articles Of Clothing That Were Basically Born To Layer

    Where would fashion be without layering? Nowhere.

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    1. A plush teddy bear coat that'll keep you cozy, multi-layered, and trendy through the seasons!


    Promising review: "This jacket is so soft and warm, and the big pockets are a plus. Like other reviewers, order a size up so you can comfortably layer under and zip up. I usually wear a small but got a medium, and it’s perfect! It's super cute, I’ll probably buy another’s in a different color lol." —Brianna

    Get it from Amazon for $31.99 (available in 15 styles, and sizes S-3X ).

    2. A simple yet versatile hoodie so you can put together effortless looks like this. Wearing a hoodie under your coat/jacket on a cold day is an easy way to add a pop of color to your outfit!,

    Promising review: "I bought three and they are great. Thick and soft, and the solid colors I chose were nice shades. On the warmer side for hoodies but since I live in a cold state that has a long winter and gets a ton of snow, they're perfect. Great for workouts and will layer nicely in cold weather. Fast delivery as well. I've had them for a few weeks now, I've been wearing them a lot at work and so far they are holding up great in the wash." —Sara Simerly

    Get it from Amazon for $11.47+ (available in 23 colors, and sizes S–4XL).

    3. A super soft, ribbed knitted tank dress with a deep V-neck to give you all the layering possibilities you can dream of.

    Promising review: "This sweater vest looks super cute with a shirt underneath, leggings, and short boots. I get so many compliments while wearing it. I ordered the black, and it goes great with everything. It's stretchy enough, but doesn't stretch out while wearing it." —Jewels M

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99+ (available in five colors, and sizes S—XL)

    4. A mock turtleneck that's not as thick as a ~real~ turtleneck, and IMO that means it's perfect to wear on its own or you can layer this baby up!,

    Promising review: "So this is a staple in my wardrobe now! Didn't even know it before I purchased it just how bad I needed one of these! The fabric is thick enough to make sense (you know, not one of those super-thin turtlenecks). It's not a super high turtleneck either which is great because I hate when I feel like I'm rubbing makeup off all over it. The color is great too, a mustard yellow more than canary yellow (which I wish they had too). But overall this is a great purchase!" —Chelsea Fairbairn

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in 10+ colors, in sleeveless and long-sleeve options, and sizes XS–XL).

    5. A cute button-up cardigan you might just end up throwing on over every shirt you own for endless rule-of-three ensembles. / bridgettonelli /

    Promising review: "This is my go-to cardi now! I loved it as a layer when I went to San Francisco, and I have kept wearing it ever since. It's not too long and not too short — on me it doesn't cover my butt all the way, so I wouldn't wear it just with leggings, but it's just short enough that it looks good with jeans. The sleeves are very soft and stretchy so I can easily push them up to my elbows, which I do a lot. I love the snaps, but there are a ton of them, lol, but I usually wear it open anyways." —Julia

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in two styles, ten colors, and in sizes XS-XXL).

    6. A chunky knit sweater to keep you warm and cute whether you're heading to work or last-minute dinner plans.

    Forever 21

    Promising review: "This sweater is such an amazing quality for the price. It’s a pretty heavy knit but it’s super soft. It runs true to size, but I got a size up so it would be more oversized and loose." —Mckenna W.

    Get it from Forever 21 for $19.99 (available in three colors, and sizes S–L).

    7. A pack of cotton undershirts that'll hold up over time, even if you wear undershirts every day!


    Promising review: "I was skeptical about these camisoles. I wear camis under my shirts every day and usually go for the more spandex-style ones. I am so glad I gave these a try. They are completely different than camis I normally buy. They’re more cotton than spandex and don’t cling to your body the same way. However, I’ve found that I love this model. They’re so soft and comfortable. I have fibromyalgia and have problems with uncomfortable clothes so these ended up being amazing. They’re the right length to wear under shirts and they’re not too loose so they don’t get all bunched up. And having them be cotton-based, I actually find fewer problems with my shirts riding up over them. I highly recommend these. I hope to purchase more colors of these in the future." —Nicole D

    Get them in packs of two and four from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in 14 color combo options, and sizes S–XL).

    8. A metallic mesh shirt to wear over an undershirt or bralette, and the night is yours.,

    Promising review: "Loved this! Bought it for a festival and it was perfect. Lightweight enough for the heat and breathable. The color-changing sheen was nice and it was a perfect combo of see-through but covering enough to mask your body under. Definitely will be using it again with but a tank top under for everyday non-festival use." —Tabatha Ashley

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in sizes S–XXL).

    9. An investment-worthy fleece Patagonia pullover (with snap-up buttons!) owned and adored by yours truly. I bought this to prolong the amount of time I have until I have to wear my winter coat, and it's super warm and soft!


    It's also great for laying under your coat when that treacherous time comes.

    Promising review: "My son loves this Synchilla. He's 6'6" and the XL fits him well. He also has wide shoulders and this is big enough to be comfortable. This must be the 6th or 7th Patagonia I've purchased for him over the years. Certainly is a staple in our house." —Trendimom

    Get it from Nordstrom for $119 (available in seven styles/colors, and sizes XS–XXL).

    10. A stretchy-cowl neck sweater you can wear with leggings, jeans, and knee-high boots for a variety of comfy looks!,

    Promising review: "My husband initially bought the red one for me. The cloth is thick, but soft, warm, (even if you don't wear any shirt/jacket under it), and comfortable. I already washed it multiple times, and the colors did not fade and the material did not shrink or become loose. I am 5'1" and 110 pounds. My husband bought the US size 6–10. I like that I can opt to wear a sweater underneath it in the winter. I am sooo happy about it that my husband purchased three other colors for me — beige, purple, and blue." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in 18 colors, and sizes 0–4/18–22)

    11. A gender roles are dead T-shirt; because there is nothing more fun than using a graphic tee as your base layer!

    Get it from Flavnt for $34.99 (available in sizes XS–3X), and also check out their crewneck with a similar design for $39.99 (available in sizes XS–3X).

    12. A fleece-lined hooded cable sweater coat you can zip all the way up to your neck, so you can skip the scarf and head out on a chilly day.


    Promising review: "I really like this sweater since it is warm enough to wear all winter here in Florida as a coat. When I have traveled to colder climates, it is light enough to wear under my heavier coats for a middle layer. I like that the fleece lining is so soft and that it has both an inner zipper, and buttons. The hood is also a plus! It washes nicely, and is holding up well." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon $33.14+ (available in 13 style and color combinations. and sizes S-XXL).

    13. A pair of super comfortable high-waisted leggings to wear under dresses, pants, or to the gym!


    Promising review: "Wow! I was extremely skeptical of these leggings considering they’re a 'one size fits all' type of deal. I am 5'5" and curvier. I was worried they were going to be too tight or see-through. However, that’s not the case! They are not see-through even after three washes so far. They are extremely soft and comfortable. The only thing I noticed is they are more of a muted black compared to some of my other leggings but it’s barely noticeable. I liked them so much I ordered a second pair. Def would recommend!" —nichole campton

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in 22 colors, and in three sizes).

    14. A cropped denim jacket for anyone who wants to show off their collection of sylish tops.


    Promising review: "Love this jacket. This is what I’ve been looking for. It has a slight slouchiness so it’s not a typical fitted denim. It’s not too long or too short, just right. I am 5’4”, 120 lbs and bought both the small and medium. I’m going to keep the medium because it has a tad more of a laid back vibe." —Susel

    Get it from Madewell for $99 (available in sizes XXS–XXL).

    15. A fuzzy, soft vest with pockets you just may wear once and never take off!


    Promising review: "I have gotten the most compliments on this vest; every time I wear it, I get told how cute it is. Most people want to just touch it. It helps keep me warm but does not make me too hot. I am a woman in menopause and this is something that is perfect to keep me warm but yet I can take off quickly if a hot flash comes on. It is very well made. I was surprised by the quality of the material. I plan on ordering more for gifts this year!" —Kimmi

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in 10 colors, and sizes S–XXL).

    16. A water-repellent insulated Patagonia jacket so you never get caught unprepared in the rain/snow again! Lightweight winter jackets are the way.


    Promising review: "Worth the money — so cute! LOVE it, but runs small. The design is fun. But if you want to wear a sweater under it, order a size larger than usual." —KKSD

    Get it from Nordstrom for $159 (available in six colors and sizes XS–XL).

    17. A pair of high-waisted mom jeans to give your OOTD a classic, strong start.


    Get them from Asos for $30 (available in sizes 0—10).

    18. And a pack of cotton thongs that'll get rid of that dreaded panty-line no matter what pants (or leggings) you have on.


    Promising review: "I work out a lot and it gets so annoying wearing regular laser-cut panties that get stuck in areas they shouldn't. I bought these last week to wear specifically for exercise, and they are great! The cotton is very breathable and I no longer have to worry about wedgies. If you order these, you may want to go up a size just to be safe. Other than that, they serve their purpose well." —Megan Gossett

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $9.99 (available in four color sets, and sizes S-XL).

    19. A three-pack of brightly colored trunks featuring stay-put waistbands so your undies stop riding up your sweatpants all winter long!


    Promising review: "Love this fit and design. It's everything I could have asked for and the colors are beautiful." –Bonnie B.

    Get them from TomboyX for $45 (available in 18 color combos, and sizes XS–4X).

    20. A customizable ringer T-shirt that'll make a statement on its own, or look super cute under a sweater! I love layering with contrasting collars.


    Get it from Thats Bananas US on Etsy for $20+ (available in three color combos and sizes S–XXL),

    21. A basic long-sleeved shirt boasting the wearability of your favorite tee, not to mention the gorgeous colors and billowing sleeves. This babe is a wardrobe stable waiting to happen!


    Promising review: "I really love this shirt, I like how simple but elegant it is. The sleeves are a nice fit. It's great for dressing up and work. I'm so happy with this purchase." —Laura T.

    Get it from ModCloth for $35 (available in seven colors and sizes XXS–4X).

    22. A durable crew sock (with a lifetime warranty 👀) light enough for everyday wear, and cute enough to show off any way you please.

    Promising review: "I happened upon this brand while hiking in Maine. With frozen feet I had nothing to lose. I will never wear anything else. They are comfortable, warm, and have styles you can wear year-round. The return policy is fantastic and really helped when I bought the wrong size. I have replaced all my socks with Darn Tough!" —Claudia K.

    Get them from Darn Tough for $21 (available in three colors, and sizes S–L).

    23. An adjustable no-show belt that'll hold your outfit in place with ease, because you have better things to worry about.


    Promising review: "This belt is pretty awesome. It is strong, flexible, adjustable, and will grip the fabric. It keeps everything where it should be without changing my silhouette. Glad I bought it!" —Sadyana

    Get it from Amazon for $10.98 (available in eight colors).

    24. A lightweight blouse to layer under a blazer so you can carry on like the stylish baddie you are.


    Get it from Wildfang for $88 (available in three colors and sizes XS–XXL).

    25. A see-through lace shirt featuring a Peter Pan collar that'll stand out under any jacket!


    Promising review: "I love this shirt! It fits perfect and true to size. I’m an XL and large-chested, and it fits nice. People complaining about the stretchy material breaking too often are possibly drying in the dryer, mine is still 100% intact and I hang dry like the label says." —Brit

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99 (available in three colors and sizes XS–XL).

    26. An oversized sherpa-lined denim jacket for anyone who wants to carry on like an icon. Cozy, cute, and big enough to wear over a hoodie/sweater — what's not to love?


    Get it from Gap for $59 (available in sizes XS–XXL and in tall and petite).

    27. A fabulous polka-dot dress you can also wear as a tunic over your jeans!,

    Promising review: "I fell in love with this dress, fit nicely. I wear a size 6 or 8 and the medium is just right. I got a lot of compliments on this dress. Can wear with wedges or sneakers. I'll buy another color next time. For the price, it's not bad at all. I'm a happy customer. Thank you." —Georgia

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in five colors, and sizes XS–L).

    28. A pair of thermal-wicking long underwear that'll have you wearing your favorite pair of jeans all winter long. No one will know how you stay so warm, so fashionable!


    Promising review: "Long story short (for those with limited time to read my full review,) these are some of the best thermal underwear you can possibly buy. At ANY price. I am a 6' tall, 240 lb. man and the size SMALL fit me like a glove! Which is exactly what you want when buying long johns. You want them to fit fairly tight so they won't be too bulky to wear under your jeans (or other style of pants). These fit like a (comfortable) second skin. I absolutely LOVE them.

    Having said all that, let me tell you where I live, and the conditions that I've been wearing these in. I live in Marquette County, Michigan. We've been getting down below zero, with wind chill factors of around 30 to 40 BELOW ZERO. I have yet to feel the need to wear my snowsuit while wearing these! They've been PERFECT for shoveling snow, checking the mail, etc.

    Yes, if I were planning on being outdoors for great periods of time, I would absolutely wear these in conjunction with my snowsuit, but for periods of 10-15 minutes, they're GREAT. I can't possibly say enough nice things about these. I bought two pair, but will definitely be ordering more as soon as possible." —YooperCoupleInMarquette

    Get it from Amazon for $11.04+ (available in four colors, and sizes S–XXL).

    29. And an embroidered faux leather jacket to add a bit of floral flare to a classic look — can't go wrong with a white tee, blue jeans, and leather jacket!


    Get it from Torrid for $96.98 (available in sizes 10-30).

    You when you see your outfit in the morning:

    @antmvh1 / Via Giphy

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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