I moved to Minnesota after spending two years living in San Francisco. That was 13 years ago, and I am STILL re-learning how to layer. Although I did a post very recently that contained my main layering tips, I’ve found myself dishing out this particular piece of advice to readers and clients recently and thought it was worth sharing.
Many layering issues arise from trying to fit sleeves inside of other sleeves. Even if your outer garment is lined in a slippery material – and that’s a big “if” – long-sleeved shirts shoved into long-sleeved blazers, jackets, and sweaters can feel tight and awkward. If it’s cold enough, you might not care. But in my experience, multiple layers over your arms don’t add all that much to your overall body warmth. Warmth generally radiates outward from your core, so keeping your core warm will help keep your whole self warm.
I’ve started using my layering TANKS far more frequently than my layering long-sleeved tees for this very reason. I’ll layer a silk or nylon cami underneath the colorful cotton tank, then do my sweater or jacket over that. My arms are free to move without that “stuffed” feeling. Tanks also tend to have scoop necklines which makes them ideal for funky statement necklaces. However! The tradeoff for warmth, here, is covering my neck. A scarf that covers any exposed neckline and neck will do far more to conserve my body heat that doubling up on sleeves, so on truly cold days I skip necklaces in favor of scarves.
Does this fly in the face of my recent comment about needing my arms covered in order to be truly warm? Well, yes. Kinda. I’ve found that I need my arms covered from shoulder to wrist to keep comfortably warm, but also found that wedging two long-sleeved layers onto my arms is often more uncomfortable than it is warm. One long-sleeved layer over a tank with an added scarf keeps me both cozy and comfortable.
Thoughts? Does the mere idea of wearing a tank top as a winter base layer make you shiver? Or do you find that layered sleeves are more of a hassle than they’re worth? Does covering your neck keep you as cozy as it does me?
Image is of Bella Ladies’ 1×1 Rib Tank Top – of which I own many.