How To Wear The Best Base Layers For Cold Weather And Not Go Broke

It is freezing outside!! And it’s time to dress up and wear the best base layers for cold weather! The reason being that wearing multiple thin layers will keep you warmer than just one single thick layer; as a result, the warm body heat air is trapped between the layers acting as an insulator!

Another fantastic reason to wear the best base layers for cold weather, is fashion, style and being cold is not sexy. Its helpful to wear the best base layers for cold weather so that you can add and remove pieces as necessary. You want to look great and stay warm, but not so hot that you break out in a full body sweat. Keep these tips in mind and be sure to wear the best base layers for cold weather this snowy winter!


Best Base Layers for Cold Weather

Best Base Layers for Cold Weather

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Don’t get me wrong, I love the easy, breezy spring and summer California weather that I can wear lots of fun outfits. We assume that icy, freezing cold winter temperatures give us less outfit options.

Just because it’s freezing outside, doesn’t mean that we have to give up on style! It just means we all have to think a little bit more creatively when getting dressed every morning and going out!

Time to wear the best base layers for cold weather this snowy winter! Use these money saving clothing shopping tips because the best base layers for cold weather need to be soft and smooth for longterm comfort.

Are you looking to stay stylish and not look like a snowman to survive the cold winter weather? Whether you are on a budget or not, then you are in the right place! Enjoy your favorite hot chocolate while learning about the best base layers for cold weather!


Treat Base Layers Like Your Skin

Treat Base Layers Like Your Skin

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Many of us spend money on expensive wool, waterproof, insulated parkas and we often forget about the turtleneck layers! The very important first layer of preparing ourselves from cold temperature!

Any full length thermal leggings that are very stretchy and fitted, will give gentle warmth from the hips all the way down your legs. When you look for legging, it’s best to look for what the material is made with.  Soften your leggings with some organ oil in the washer machine; so that the harsh dry winter air doesn’t harm your skin and you can feel silky and smooth.

For the top, I recommend wearing any short sleeve or long sleeve crew neck that you can wear under a chambray denim shirt. Style up or your favorite winter sweater with this look!

In addition, because of dry and harsh cold air, the skins get dry very easily. So best way to wear base top layer that you wash with camellia oil added.  I love wearing this crewneck long sleeve t-shirt afterwards to moisturize my skin leaving it feeling soft and supple.


Protect Your Feet From Cold Air

Protect Your Feet From Cold Air

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Chilly feet can increase the risk of catching colds and flu in winter season. The best solution is to wear well insulated, moisturized, anti-microbial and anti-odor socks.

This mixed dot and striped pair of socks come with camellia oil moisturizer that keeps your feet soft and supple even in dry season. Camellia oil is non-greasy and an excellent all-around moisturizer for skin.


Winter Dress 101

Winter Dress 101

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So now, you have super warm thermal leggings on, next will be the start of a styling outfit layer. The skirt-over-pants trend is super easy to pull off and it gives more warmth and is still stylish.

This is how to wear a dress in winter even when it’s freezing cold outside. Have fun with midi knit skirt or fit and flare skirt for variation.


When Base Layer Meets Mid Layer

When Base Layer Meets Mid Layer


What would winter be like without a cashmere-blend sweater pullover? You want to look for a blend of wool and cashmere which gives warmth and is the most luxurious of fabrics.

The natural texture of cotton and fine texture of cashmere makes you feel not as bulky. It features a stylish loose fit and looks great as a crewneck or deep V-neck regarding your outfit.


Ready To Go Outside in the Snow?

 Ready To Go Outside in the Snow?

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The best winter snow boots ensure that you stay warm, waterproof and comfortable. Snow boots are a basic essential for living in cold weather conditions.

Over-the-knee boots are the most trendiest winter approved footwear! They are functional, timeless and are often last long. Boots will elevate most any outfit while covering more of your body to stay warm and stylish.


Can’t Go Outside Without This Essential

Can’t Go Outside Without This Essential

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You can’t leave the house with a light weight coat. Instead of wearing parka or longline overcoat, make a statement with an insulated and windproof wool jacket. Look for something that is super warm and an appropriate length. You don’t want to cover up too many other fun layers!


Sorry! One More Item

Sorry! One More Item

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Lastly, any chunky knit cashmere scarf, soft fuzzy gloves and matching color beanie around your neck and on head doesn’t look complete winter look. Choose a brightly colored scarf, gloves and beanie so that they become your outfit’s main focus.


Stay warm and wear layers this snow winter season! The best base layers for cold weather don’t require lots of money spending. You will survive the cold weather without going broke! Apply these style tips and wear layers this snowy season!

Do you already have the best base layers for cold weather?

How do you wear layers this snowy winter season?


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I graduated with a bachelors of fine arts degree in fashion design. I worked in the fashion industry as a lead designer for major brand name labels such as Stitch Fix, Urban Outfitters, Nordstrom, and Dillards. Now, I am the founder of the website Fashion Wanderer where I share current fashion trends, style tips and how to build a capsule wardrobe collection.

  1. Ah those pictures of being all cozy is so adorable. California is getting pretty cold this winter too!

  2. Great post, being in Southern California I don’t have to layer much, but it still is a good reminder to start with a light layer and work your way up.

  3. I prefer to wear multiple layers to keep myself warm. It is so much better than wearing a bulky jacket. These tips are great for staying warm and stylish during winters!

  4. These are great tips. Living in Florida I don’t know a lot of this stuff so it will totally come in handy when I’m in the snowy weather up north.

  5. Wow these are some great ideas… We are going to New York in a week and these ideas would help me layer 😀

  6. I’ll keep this in mind. It’s starting to get cold in Texas. I mostly bundle up with sweaters or sweatshirts. Plus a thick jacket.

  7. Wow, I love to experience that I never been in a snowy area and it’s already on my bucket lists.

  8. I am from a very warm country and we hardly get any winter and don’t need to layer that much. But i have lived in Germany and have experienced harsh winters there and I know how difficult it is to dress up for such a climate. This guide will be helpful when i travel again to a very cold place 🙂

  9. #3 and #7 are so me! I love these tips and your post title is pretty catchy. I also love wearing shirts on the base layer and sweater on the top. It gives you that formal yet cozy look.

  10. I moved back home to Florida from Minnesota and, thankfully, the weather isn’t so cold that I need to layer anymore. However, I still love my over the knee boots!

  11. I always tend to forget that my feet easily freeze so investing in thicker socks has really helped.

  12. I love fall and winter jackets, they look so nice over turtleneck sweaters or button up shirts under a v-neck vest. A brown leather jacket is versatile if you can afford one. We did not have leggings when I was growing up, now everyone wears them and for good reasons, they are comfortable!

  13. This is such great information. I always struggle with my winter wardrobe. I want to be warm and stylish – I can never seem to get both of those at the same time. 😂😂

  14. I need to invest in some gloves this year – I always go out with a scarf but always forget about my hands! Great list though, I’m a layering/leggings kinda gal too!

  15. Dressing in layers is my thing. I just can’t get used to cold and I don’t have lots of thick coat or jacket so I guess I can totally relate with this post.

  16. Protecting your feet during the cold months is essential. They say you should always protect your extremities.

  17. I believe as a Minnesotan I have mastered the layering to stay warm and look good (but who knows, maybe I think that and I really look like a fool! HA!) love your tips!

  18. These are all great tips on layering for the winter! Thanks for sharing these, I’ll have to use em from time to time 🙂

  19. I buy a lot of my clothes with layering i mind. Buy hoodies and coats a tad big and buy under shirts when I see them on sale

  20. All the outfits look so beautiful. Loved the way each pic has been shot and these are very nice suggestions for the winters. I think people are gonna buy it since it looks so pretty. 🙂

  21. I love layering when it’s cold out! There is just so much you can do with the look when you layer.

  22. Great tips! Agree that staying warm doesn’t have to be expensive. Outer down feather jacket, mittens and scarf are a must where I lived. I can’t leave home without cotton undergarment. It helps to keep me warm all winter.

  23. I always dress in layers during winter time. Having an online shop with crochet scarves I never find myself without one too 😉

  24. These are some amazing tips to follow. The weather isn’t really cold though this side of the world.. But I could use some of these nice sweaters and an over the knee boot.

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