Basic to effortless, sheer to voluminous, creative to totally unexpected, layering is considered an art for good reason, and mastering the fashionable skill is supposed to only be made easier with a little bit of inspiration presented in visual form.

And when it comes to layering experts, nobody can outshine the street-style darling who’s trying to beat the cold in style, in the middle of fashion week.

After the break, 7 street-style looks that take layering to the next level.

Effortless looking and super-creative at the same time, Doina Ciobanu‘s personal take on layering involves wearing a silky slip top over a shirt dress, on top of a pair of cropped jeans, underneath an oversized coat. Styled with a wide belt, circular sunnies and glorious high heels, this outfit is fashion week material for sure:

Photo: Doina Ciobanu – Golden Diamonds Instagram.

street style layerying inspiration

A mix of sporty and sophisticated, featuring a gorgeous play on volume, this outfit does boyish slouchiness the right way. The easy layering of an oversize dress on top of a pair of wide-leg pants, and underneath a chic bomber jacket, is made ten times more effective due to the unexpected clash of volumes and lengths:

Photo: via Imaxtree – Milan Fashion Week F/W ’16.

street style layering inspiration

Flared skirts over cropped leather pants, worn with neon-hued bustiers layered on top of masculine-inspired check shirts, and underneath casual jackets and knitted scarves: the unlikeliness of this combination is what makes is stand out, the feminine-meets-masculine element, the bright pop of colour, and the smart mix of textures adding to the bold layering:

Photo: via Imaxtree – New York Fashion Week F/W ’16.

street style layering inspiration

For a layered outfit to go from basic to street-style material it needs a little something else, for example the juxtaposition of shorter lengths to longer ones, sporty elements to clash with the classically tailored, feminine touches to soften the menswear inspiration, precious jewel tones to create a cohesive feel, or all of the above elements sported at once:

Photo: via Imaxtree – London Fashion Week F/W ’16.

street style layering inspiration

The casual type of outfit mixing a basic turtleneck with distressed (cropped) denim and a pair of dainty ankle boots is by no means outstanding, but it can be made a bit more extraordinary by way of layering, a knitted sweater dress and a chic, pastel-hued bomber jacket making for the perfect choices:

Photo: via Imaxtree – Paris Fashion Week F/W’ 16.

street style layering inspiration

1990s vibes breathing through the bleached denim and grungy layering, meet a chic, grown-up schoolgirl feel oozing from the crisp white button-down and simple tailoring. Topped with shimmery booties, fishnet pantyhose and fiery red lips, this is the cool take on cold-weather layering:

Photo: via Imaxtree – New York Fashion Week F/W ’16.

street style layering inspiration

For a chicer, simpler and more feminine approach to layering, trust a leather slip dress worn over a statement blouse, sweater or shirt to put a cool spin on basic, everyday dressing. Complement the look with equally stand-out accessories:

Photo: via Imaxtree – New York Fashion Week F/W ’16.

street style layering inspiration

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