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Layering your clothes is a must as the temperatures drops. The problem is piling on shirts, jackets and scarfs can leave you with an unintended bulky look. Designer Morgan Gildersleeve, of RENEE’S in Mattituck, has some tips for layering your clothes to keep you warm yet stay stylish this season.

“It is easier than people think to layer without looking bulky,” she said. “I think that some people think when they put on a winter coat they are going to look huge, but that doesn’t have to always be the case if you have the right balance.”

Choosing the right materials will keep you warm without adding bulk. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)
Choosing the right materials will keep you warm without adding bulk. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

Mind your materials

Choosing clothes made of the right materials can minimize the look of multiple layers without sacrificing warmth, Gildersleeve said.

Cashmere, for example, is a great option because it keeps you warm but is also very thin and soft, she said.

“It’s a great layering piece because it doesn’t add much bulk,” she said. “Also, cashmere scarves and hats are great too for the same reasons.”

While often overlooked, silk garments are also a good choice when layering, she added.

“People don’t realize that silk is one of the most tightly woven fabrics, therefore it doesn’t let cold air through,” she said. “So wearing silk as your first layer, close to the body, keeps you warm and chic.”

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