Wearing: How to Do A Layered Sweater

Raise your hand if you went to an ugly sweater party this season! If you were able to escape this new holiday ritual then tell me your secret. We even had a Christmas sweater party in my classroom yesterday. As much fun as these sweaters can be, I'm the biggest party pooper when it comes to the ugly Christmas sweater trend. Two years ago we went on an ugly Christmas sweater bar crawl and I wore a sweater that got compliments. I may not be good at an ugly sweater but I do know how to do the perfect layered sweater. Wearing: How to Do A Layered Sweater

Wearing: How to Do A Layered Sweater

Wearing: How to Do A Layered Sweater

sweater: madewell (similar and on sale!), shirt: target (similar), jeans: lucky brand, boots: sporto (similar), hat: similar

This is most definitely not ugly sweater party appropriate. Instead I'd like to nominate this layered sweater look for best and most comfortable outfit ever. It's got all the elements that make my chilly self happy in the winter: wool, layers, and flannel. I'm obviously in love with this Madewell sweater but honestly give me all the black and white striped sweater or cable knit and I'm good to go. Actually this L.L. Bean Fisherman's sweater has been on my list for two years running. Maybe Santa will put it under the tree this year?

A button down layered under a big knit sweater is the winter style I'm most looking forward to. With the weather outside being chilly and most indoors being sweltering, layers are essential. Wear it with the "tails" peeping out from the hem of your sweater. That's why wearing flannel or plaid underneath can be such a sweet, stylish surprise. I used to worry about making everything match until I figured out that stripes and plaids in matching colors is just about the best style trick ever. It looks like you're trying hard without really trying at all. Black and white is simple but you could mix in blue and white stripes with a traditional plaid. I'm also obsessing over green plaid shirts like this one which would be cozy chic with a grey striped sweater. Once you start mixing plaid and stripes, it's kind of hard to stop.

How do you like to layer your sweaters? Share your style with me over on instagram!