7 Ways to Layer Kids’ Outfits for Cold Weather
Layered outfits in the fall and winter seasons are a great way for kiddos to experiment with fashion, while learning how to keep themselves warm as they play and explore.
Layering clothing is the method of wearing multiple garments on top of each other, which helps kids adapt to changing weather conditions. Each layer of clothing traps heat, providing little explorers sufficient heat to fuel all-day play
It's all about combining different pieces to create a stylish and functional outfit. Layering often comes easy to kids—they wear several of their favourite clothes simultaneously. It's one way they can unapologetically express themselves and their personality by mixing colours, textures, patterns, and more.
How to Layer Clothes for Kids in Cold Weather
Here are some basic guidelines to help you build outfits with layered styles that keep your child warm and trendy:
Start with a Base Layer
The base layer is the foundation of any layered outfit. Choose moisture-wicking and insulating materials to keep your child warm and dry—especially when snowy adventures are on the horizon.
Add a Middle Layer
A fleece or a thin sweater is an excellent choice for this layer. It provides insulation and adds some colour or texture to an outfit.
Top it Off with an Outer Layer
The outer layer should be waterproof and windproof to protect your daydreamer from the elements. Consider a stylish, hooded winter jacket to wrap up their look.
Remember accessories like scarves, socks, and hats. These not only add warmth but add a finishing touch to an outfit.
|Base Layer - Quick Dry Cotton Long Sleeve Tee
|Middle Layer - French Terry Hooded Sweatshirt
|Outer Layer - Recycled Nylon Hooded Jacket
|Accessorize - Knit Beanie
The Best Layering Clothes for Kids in the Winter
When choosing the best layering clothes for kids, look for pieces that are comfortable, durable, and easy to mix and match.
Need some outfit inspiration for the fall and winter? Here are some excellent options to help little explorers show off their personality in the cold.
1. Stick with Classic Layers
Just because they're wearing layers, it doesn't have to look like it. Keep things simple and focus on keeping your kiddo warm. Start with a Quick Dry Cotton Long Sleeve Tee as the base layer, add a cozy Oversize Knit Sweater, and complete the look with a Denim Hooded Jacket.
2. Mix Fabrics and Textures
Add some visual intrigue by mixing prints, graphics, or different materials. Use our Pick a Wish French Terry Sweatshirt over a Rib Knit Long Sleeve Henly, and add a Reversible Corduroy Puffer Vest overtop. Finish the outfit with a Knit Beanie.
3. Experiment with Different Lengths
Wardrobe pieces of different lengths create a smart but relaxed aesthetic, showing off several layers at the same time. Start with a Mock Neck Bamboo Long Sleeve Shirt and tuck it into Denim Jeans. Pair it with a Cotton Cable Knit Cardigan and top it off with our Recycled Nylon Coat.
4. Channel Mountain Energy
Some kiddos know how to rock a basecamp vibe that's carefree and chill. To achieve this layered style, deck them out in a Recycled Nylon Jogger, Quick Dry Cotton Long Sleeve Tee, Recycled Fleece & Corduroy Reversible Jacket and a Knit Beanie to keep them warm on the hill.
5. Lean into an Athletic Aesthetic
Athletic kids definitely benefit from layering outfits. As they play, they'll warm up and need to remove layers to stay comfortable. Pair our Combo leggings, Quick Dry Cotton Short Sleeve Petite Revery Tee, and Cotton Jacquard Knit Hooded Sweater over their favourite sneakers or adventure boots.
6. Boldly Choose Monochromatic
Your kiddo can show off their fave hue in style by wearing different shades of a certain colour. For example, they can pair a Mock Neck Bamboo Long Sleeve Shirt with Active Leggings and Recycled Fleece Hooded Jacket to show off their appreciation for green.
7. Let Them Embrace Maximalism
When kiddos love outfits where more is more, let them go all out with their layering style. It doesn't have to match or be cohesive—as long as they feel confident, they'll rock their over-the-top layered ensemble like no other.
What does this look like? It could be our French Terry Jogger, Raw Edge Waffle Knit Long Sleeve Top, Two-Tone Recycled Fleece Vest with the hood draped over a Corduroy Shacket. Give them a Classic Corduroy Bucket Hat and Daydreamer Cloud Socks to accessorize and complete their ultra-layered outfit.
Layering Outfits is a Form of Expression
Allowing kiddos to create their own layered outfits helps them show off their personality through clothing. It can help them be fearless and take risks with fashion, while learning how to stay warm in cold weather.