The Key Thing to Know About Layering Like a Fashion Editor

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I could write a 300-page book about the art of layering your clothes. I was basically allergic to Winter coats growing up (I thought they were the antithesis of chic), so I piled on clothes to keep warm, wearing one Fall-weight coat all year round.

There are the easy tricks — use different materials, starting with the thinnest on the bottom; invest in a great fleece or shell to wear under your favorite, thinner peacoat; buy a turtleneck in every solid color imaginable to put under your favorite Summer dresses; etc. — but if I had to choose the most essential rule of layering, it would be the rule of the belt.

The biggest complaint I hear from people attempting to layer fashionably revolves around bulk. But get this: you don't need to look like Olaf the snowman in order to stay warm. Finding a belt to literally tie everything together is the key to keeping warm, bulk-free, and fashionably layered. Pro tip: size up when buying your layering belt to ensure it will fit over your favorite chunky knit or wool coat.

Shop the best waist-cinching belts ahead.

Halogen Patent Bow Belt

Halogen Patent Bow Belt

Pare back the cutesy factor of this Halogen Patent Bow Belt ($45) by wearing it with a heavier chunky, dark-colored knit.

Treasure & Bond Wrap Leather Stretch Belt

Treasure & Bond Wrap Leather Stretch Belt

This Treasure & Bond Wrap Leather Stretch Belt ($59) is a perfect classic option to wear with a bright-colored cardigan or patterned knit.

B-Low the Belt Farah Crystal Belt

B-Low the Belt Farah Crystal Belt

Wearing something like this B-Low the Belt Crystal Belt ($148) with a laid-back waffle henley or over a hoodie will give the best high/low effect.

Gucci Web Slider Belt

Gucci Web Slider Belt

Find a belt with bright yet neutral colors that you can wear with just about anything. This Gucci Web Slider Belt ($350) is great for layering because of its easily adjustable strap.

Michael Michael Kors Hamilton Logo Lock Chain Belt

Michael Michael Kors Hamilton Logo Lock Chain Belt

Mixing textures and materials is a great way to make your Winter look that much more exciting. Adding this Michael Kors Logo Lock Chain Belt ($45) to an otherwise cozy and soft look will give you an added edge.

Halogen Interlock Calf Hair Skinny Belt

Halogen Interlock Calf Hair Skinny Belt

Never forget that animal print is considered a neutral in the fashion world. This Halogen Interlock Calf Hair Skinny Belt ($39) would be amazingly chic if worn with an all-black outfit.