3 Steps for Winter Layers

how to layer in the winter camel coat petite

I’m so glad many of you have been staying toasty in the “sheer look” fleece lined tights  I shared last week! That post also raised some questions about other ways to keep warm without compromising style during Boston winters. I wanted to share a classic outfit I’ve been wearing on repeat since Fall, and the extra two layers I hide underneath for chillier winter days!

Here are also a few alternative camel coats starting in either petite sizes or xxs regular:

Step 1. Start with Base Insulation

I’ve tried several different thermal tops and always come back to Uniqlo’s heattech line. I tend to go for black or something close to my skin tone with a big neckline, so it won’t show under my tops with V or scoop necks.

On the bottom I slip on a pair of fleece lined tights under my jeans for particularly cold days. This Berkshire brand black pair is thinner and not as “fleecy” as the “sheer look” ones I shared before, so for a thicker, plush opaque black style I’d check these out which have many reviews saying the “one size” is petite friendly. Tights underneath are also a great way to wear your ripped / destroyed denim through winter months without wind gusting through the holes.

thermal base layers for petites

Left: Uniqlo heattech thermal top xs, black tights in petite (thicker option), Neiwai black bra (the best!!)
Right: Topshop jeans 25 regular, H&M top (similar), Edited Pieces belt xxs

Step 2. Layer on Your Outfit

For this look I added straight leg jeans and a simple turtleneck top, but almost any outfit could pair well with these base layers! Straight leg jeans have been great since they fit comfortably over tights, unlike very skinny cuts.

how to layer winter outfits

Express boots 5 (50% off!), H&M scarf (similar here), $15 sunglasses, Polene bag, EP coat xxs

Step 3. Top with a Coat + Cozy Accessories

These boots might be one of my favorite purchases since last Fall. I’ve been getting so much more wear out of them than expected, since the fitted shaft tucks perfectly under tapered and straight jeans and trousers. Most of my heels have been gathering dust but these do not feel as tall as they look – the stretchy sock shaft and the block heel add stability and make these fairly comfortable for the height! The cognac brown color was just restocked starting in size 5, which usually goes first.


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  1. Beth wrote:

    Jean thank you for sharing your steps for winter layers. I live in Wisconsin and feel as though I’ve been wearing 3 layers all winter. I am petite and a bit older than you (wink), but I find that your style is timeless! Thank you!! P.s. I can’t wait to receive my fleece lined tights from Amazon-brillliant!

    Posted 2.4.22 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Thank you Beth! I hope you love the tights and that they keep you nice and warm throughout your Wisconsin winter!

      Posted 2.4.22 Reply
  2. Cathers wrote:

    Love these tips! Uniqlo is definitely the best for base layers – need to get online and get some new layers and fleecy tights/ leggings!

    Posted 1.29.22 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Thank you! I get so much wear out of my Uniqlo base layers

      Posted 1.31.22 Reply
  3. BH wrote:

    Love these ideas! I live somewhere much warmer, but I am cold-natured, so wearing your layers idea allows me to be warmer without everyone making fun of me if I’m in Arctic garb. 😉

    Posted 1.28.22 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      That’s too funny, I’m glad these tips can still serve you well!

      Posted 1.31.22 Reply

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