Layer Up: The best ways to bolster your winter wardrobe

By Vogue Scandinavia

As temperatures drop, cosy on up in puffers and shells, salopettes and balaclavas... baby it's cold outside but we're hot, hot, hot

When it comes to the elements, Scandinavians are nothing if not prepared. Facing the bitter chill of a cold winter morning, we swathe ourselves in warming layers to avoid the lacklustre cold. Sensibility, however, does not mean we skip on sartorial fire power. With major Maisons like Miu Miu and Chanel showing out-right skiwear on their autumn/winter runways, our cold-weather options are endless.


For this editorial, published in Vogue Scandinavia's October-November issue, we headed to the bustling streets of New York to show that mountaineer gear works just as well in the city as in the wilderness.

Below, we've gathered the best layered looks that this season has to offer and deep-dove into elevated styling tips that help stay warm in freezing temperatures . Finally, as a bonus, we've selected the best cold-weather investments to winter-proof your wardrobe now.

Puffed up proportions pairs perfectly with patterns and prints. Here, a perfectly plush cape lined with teddy fleece helps us face even the harshest of weather, while the stark contrast of the black and white pairing gives the overall look a graphic expression. On the right, a textured chunky knit elevates the fine merino wool roll-neck layered underneath.

Cape, price upon request. Marni. Cotton bodysuit, €330. Monosuit. Pencil skirt, €620. Moncler 2 1952. Balaclava, €150. Einrum, Design by Anna-Grete Duvald. Bucket hat, stylist’s own. Photo: Jason Nocito

Wool sweater, €2,200, Merino wool turtleneck, €1,100. Both Prada Menswear. . Photo: Jason Nocito

Wool bodysuit, €1,750. Prada Menswear. Wool headpiece, €590. Missoni. . Photo: Jason Nocito

Left : Cotton jacket, €4,870, Wool turtleneck, €1,105, Cotton trousers, €2,100, Cotton skirt, worn on top of trousers, €1,105, Polyester hood, €1,220, Wool beanie, €415, Platform wedges, price upon request. All Marc Jacobs. Right : Wool peacoat, €7,525, Wool turtleneck, €1,105, Lycra tights, €770,Wool beanie, €500, Gloves, price upon request, Platform wedges, price upon request. All Marc Jacobs. . Photo: Jason Nocito

As the temperatures drop, proper headgear becomes essential. Whether you opt for a fuzzy bucket hat or beanie, make sure to invest in a variety of styles to suit any occasion. For those of us who are perpetually cold, a knit balaclava is the way to go, and an incredibly trendy way to keep our ears warm. We suggest to go for something colourful this coming season – After all, a hat is the perfect way to express yourself.

Scandinavian's will be the first to tell you that the most important layer to master is the one closest to your body. This is where high-quality fabric really counts. The best basics come in merino wool or a cashmere blend to keep us toasty throughout the season. Next on your shopping list should be a hearty fleece, both functional and fashionable.

Cotton bodysuit, €990, Balaclava, €350, Faux fur mittens, €890. All Givenchy Menswear. Wool scarf, price upon request. Altuzarra. Faux fur slippers, €490. Gianvito Rossi. . Photo: Jason Nocito

Cashmere cape, €3,900. Christian Dior. Wool jacket, worn underneath, €1,585. Sacai. . Photo: Jason Nocito

Bomber jacket, €985 Wool shorts, €498. Both Dries Van Noten Menswear. Wool turtleneck, €599. BOSS. Socks, stylist’s own. Platform wedges, price upon request. Marc Jacobs. . Photo: Jason Nocito

Silk jacket, price upon request. Balmain. Wool turtleneck, €530, Cashmere sweatpants, €460. Both Rag & Bone. Puffer shorts, worn on top of sweatpants, €1,190. Fendi Menswear. Boots, €895. Pierre Hardy. . Photo: Jason Nocito

We're raving about all of the knit sets we've seen on the runways this season – from Acne Studios to Fendi, and Prada. This elevated pairing of what one could consider lounge wear has reached the sartorial stratosphere, leaving the couch for more festive occasions. There's no need to change out of your clothes after work when they're this comfortable.

The epitome of layering that we have mastered up north is the art of layering two coats at once. The perfect way to extend the use of your wool coat, when using this styling trick it's all about balance to avoid unnecessary bulk. The best option for your innermost layer is a quilted jacket, thinly padded and perfectly trendy this season. And why not lean into logomania while you're at it? We will let these Chanel dungarees speak for themselves.

Jacket, €1,900, Quilted trousers, €980, Balaclava, €420. All Miu Miu. Boots, €355. GCDS x MOON BOOTS. Photo: Jason Nocito

Cape, €1,925. Carolina Herrera. Wool coat, €6,500. Chloé. Wool skirt, €630. Altuzarra. Wool beanie, €135. Einrum, Design by Anna-Grete Duvald. Leather boots, €1440. The Row. . Photo: Jason Nocito

Bomber jacket, price upon request. Dolce & Gabbana Menswear. Overalls, €6,450. Chanel. Wool turtleneck, €460. GCDS. Photo: Jason Nocito

Cape coat, price upon request. BOSS. Cotton bodysuit, €330. Monosuit. Wool scarf, €250. BOSS. Vintage suede sneakers. Rochas. . Photo: Jason Nocito

Photographer : Jason Nocito
Stylist : Daniela Paudice
Hair : Jenny Kim
Makeup : Laura Stiassni
Casting : Nicola Kast
Model(s) : Tessa Jean, Charlie Nishimura
Fashion Production : Michael McDowell
Stylist Assistant : Alexander Picon
Makeup Assistant : Susie Lee
Hair Assistant : Drew Martin
Photographer Assistant : David Diesing, Lance Charles, Travis Dreenen
Production : Leone Ioannou

Layer Up

Big flow quilt


Unisex Rib Knit Bed Socks

Gobi Cashmere

Jadi ribbed-knit balaclava

Max Mara

Diamond-quilted satin coat

Miu Miu

Zita cashmere and silk bucket hat

Loro Piana

Wool-blend mittens

Acne Studios

Cashmere sweater