How To Stay Stylish When Layering For Winter

During the winter months, we often have to choose function over fashion when trekking outside. But Steven and Chris fashion expert Afiya Francisco shows you how to avoid falling into this habit, along with cool new products that will help you brave the elements! Remember, it's not always about bulk. It's about the materials — and how you layer them.

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Commuter

Faux fur keeps you cozy and looks luxe — think of the scarf as a beautiful accent piece. This bag is waxed, which means it can withstand the elements, especially salt and rain. Also, if you don't like the backpack shape, it can covert easily into a tote bag that can protect smaller purses while you commute. To keep toes toasty in gum boots, Afiya recommends adding a layer of warmth with leg warmers and cozy socks that you can show off! There are some really fun slouchy leg warmers out there that can add a touch of style while also keeping your calves and feet warm.

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Cyclist to Office

Well-layered clothing is the easiest way to regulate body temperature, so for cycling to work, try a cycling suit layered over your suit. This is the perfect outer layer for cycling because it's breathable, lightweight, waterproof and wind-resistant, keeping you warm while protecting your outfit. It doesn't add too much bulk and is thin enough to slip right on. Plus it only takes a few minutes to slip on and off! These toe covers are specifically designed for cycling. They are made out of neoprene, which means they're both waterproof and stretchy, and have spaces for the cleats to go through.

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Office to Evening

Try a luxe coat with details that make a statement with an interesting colour or a cool material. Fleece-lined tights are soft and cozy, and provide heat retention and body temperature regulation. If you don’t want to forgo your stylish heels in winter conditions, try a pair of Yaktrax! Yaktrax are a light-duty traction device for winter safety on packed snow and ice. They slip right on heeled boots or shoes, and can easily be removed and stored in a waterproof pouch. But note that YakTrax are designed for occasional use, not everyday wear.

To protect the handbag, use a handbag cover. This one, from Es-Cubed, allows women to carry their favourite handbags regardless of the environment. It's made from a flexible polyvinyl chloride material that's strong, durable and lightweight, and fits compactly in your handbag when not needed.

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Skating or tobogganing, then inside for drinks.

This coat is a perfect transitional piece! It has a detachable vest that's insulated to keep you warm outdoors under the main coat, and comfortably warm inside. Afiya used a nordic theme with this outfit; the sweater topped by another thin sweater with a zip opening allows for a stylish way to use patterns in layering. When looking for more classic-style boots in the winter, make sure to find boots with insulation and a waterproof exterior. Just because it's made of leather, doesn't mean it's waterproof. Afiya likes these ones from Roots, because they still have a sleek classic shape but have shearling inside for warmth.

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Running Errands

This coat has a solar-powered panel at the back that charges smartphones and small tablets, and there are pockets large enough to fit your device as it's charging. This coat is great for those long snowy commutes (you can browse your phone without eating up the battery!) and for easy access to your devices. For keeping toes warm with this look, Afiya recommends Darn Tough socks, as they'll last a really, really long time (and have a lifetime guarantee too!). Their high thread count and tightly knit construction keep the warmth in.

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Shopping

You can get away with wearing a leather jacket in harsh winter; it's all about layering, layering, layering! Afiya has added warmth but not bulk with this Joe Fresh thinsulate lightweight puffy coat, which can easily be packed away and stored when inside. It's a great way to get more milage from spring/fall items in the winter months. Also, don’t be afraid to wear white in the winter! White can be worn all year round, and in winter it brightens up an outfit and adds a refreshing edge. Just make sure to not wear it on slushy days — your white garment won't stay white for long. These boyfriend-cut jeans can be worn over white fleece tights for those extra cold days, since they've got enough room for the extra layering.

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