My fashionistas, yes, it gets cold in Norway in the summer too. But that’s no reason to look not your best – just gear up right and make the most of the chilly summer. With this post, I’m sharing another look I sported during my most recent trip to Norway, in which I am keeping up the layering game strong to combat a nice chilly summer day with cloudy intervals in Bergen- the second largest city in Norway.
Like many women, I used to be afraid to layer my clothes for fear of looking bigger than I actually am. While logic would lead one to believe that this claim is true, if you’ve mastered the art of layering, this couldn’t be further from the truth. As a matter of fact, a perfectly layered look will compliment your curves and create the illusion of a more proportional silhouette.
Depending on location, winters in Norway last from six to nine months sometimes. It also gets rainy anytime. My learning is, Norway is all about mid-temperatures all throughout the year. We can’t argue below 10 degrees isn’t freezing, for example; this day-out in Bergen was rather chilly with temperature fluctuating between 8 degrees C to 12 degrees C, it got worse when we took the Floibanen to go on top of the mountain Floyen to get a bird’s eye view of the city Bergen. Gusty wind and cloudy intervals weren’t helpful but to enjoy the Norwegian ‘cold summer’ as our hotel manager aptly put it, is all about dressing right – and dressing right is all about layers.
Still not convinced? Well, know these easy 5 steps below to a perfectly layered look for colder days in mid-temperatures.
Five Steps To Style In Cold Summer/ Mid-temperature
1. Start with a basic, lightweight top or a dress. I suggest a solid, something neutral, or striped. For this look, I wore a sleeveless LBD as my first layer, keeping this first and most important rule of thumb in mind.
2. Add another layer such as a soft cardigan or sweater. If you’re into color, this can be a great opportunity to mix in a bold pullover to give your outfit more intrigue and depth. You know I love colors but instead of sporting what is predicted, I wore a black polo neck sweater as second layer. Why? I added colors to this look with tons of both essential and fun accessories.
3. Then add a jacket or coat. Again, I suggest a basic color: camel, black, navy, or even olive green. If you are in the mood for a retro glam like I was here, opt for a good o’le denim jacket.
4. Next, add a scarf. It’s like the cherry on the cake. A must! But just because I was already wearing a polo neck sweater, I needed not a scarf to shield my neck, instead I wore a chunky tribal neckpiece.
5. Throw some fun and functional accessories like I did for this look with my rainbow mittens, Peruvian patterned hat and shoulder gypsy bag.
Essential Tips for Layering:
- Start with thermal underwear and warm socks. If you are UP for braving the cold a bit, wear a sheer tights (honestly I was fine!)
- Keep the under-layers more fitted to keep your shape looking slim. That’s why a trusted LBD was my first choice.
Top tip: If you’re concerned about your waistline, try to top off your look with something belted.
- Don’t underestimate the importance of a light scarf. It works as double-duty: looks stylish and ensures you don’t catch cold quickly.
- Play with texture and pattern. It’s best to incorporate a mix of materials when styling a layered look. If you use all of the same fabrics, your look will come off as heavy and dowdy (which can add the appearance of unwanted weight as well) For example: I combined woollen sweater, denim jacket and polyester LBD in this look.
- Almost done! Throw on a light jacket (preferably rain proof) so that you can take it off when it gets warmer at some point during the day. Light weight will ensure you to carry it easily either in hand or to squeeze it in your bag. Put on a stylish hat and a pair of gloves.
There. Good to go. Happy layering!
What Was I Wearing?
Zara Black Polo Neck Sweater
Diesel Denim Jacket
Marks & Spencer Sheer Tights
Peruvian Woollen Hats, Mittens and Shoulder Bag from Cuzco Artisan Market, Peru
Sunnies from Sunglass Hut