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Warm Layers for Outdoor Gatherings

Warm layers for outdoor gatherings is not a blog post I anticipated writing this year, but not much about 2020 has been predictable, has it? There is a reason this blog and my style consulting firm are called Real Life Style. We are here for all of your fashion needs, from galas to (distanced) outdoor gatherings around a fire pit.

The CDC is warning us against gathering indoors as the weather gets colder. If you have the right warm layers for outdoor gatherings, we hope you won’t feel the need to go inside to see your loved ones!

Happy Shopping!

Base Layers

Your base layers are the make-or-break factor for a warm outfit, whether you prefer a technical poly blend, cotton, fleece, wool, or silk. The Uniqlo HeatTech line is Kyle and my personal favorite in the warm layers for outdoor gatherings category. I even love their socks! And, new this week, Marimekko HeatTech!

All of the options below come in multiple colorways so click through to see the choices!

Uniqlo U HeatTech Cotton Crew Neck T-Shirt, $24.90

Lands’ End Silk Interlock Crewneck, $64.95 $38.97

L.L.Bean Cresta Wool Midweight Base Layer, $69

Uniqlo Marimekko HeatTech Extra Warm Turtlenck, $24.90

Uniqlo Marimekko HeatTech Extra Warm Leggings, $24.90

Uniqlo HeatTech Leggings, $19.90 $14.90

Plush Fleece Lined Tights, $35

L.L. Bean Fleece Base Layer Pants, $39.95

Fleece Sweaters

Did you know that fleece can be a fashion piece—not just a functional item? There is a style and a price point for everyone. The Uniqlo HeatTech Fleece Turtleneck T-Shirt is a staple warm layer for outdoor gatherings in my wardrobe because it fits under everything and comes in a million colors. However, I am loving the Dudley Stephens Neon Pink Park Slope Turtleneck!

Dudley Stephens Navy Cobble Hill Fleece Turtleneck, $158


Dudley Stephens Neon Pink Park Slope Turtleneck, $158

(This sold out in the few days before I hit publish, but they usually restock. Sign up to be notified when available on the product page.)

Lands’ End Balaclava Pullover, $69.95

Uniqlo HeatTech Fleece Turtleneck T-Shirt, $19.90

Uniqlo HeatTech Stretch Fleece Crew Neck T-Shirt, $19.90

Chunky Knits

Chunky knits are a newly important wardrobe category this year. You can layer them over your base layers for outdoor gatherings to look and feel fashionable. Chunky knits keep you cozy and stylish while working from home. Buy one in a color that makes you happy!

Tuckernuck Evergreen Kent Popcorn Sweater, $278

Everlane Oversized Stroopwafel Turtleneck in ReCashmere, $155

Sanctuary Fuzzy Mock Neck Sweater, $79

525 America Ribbed Wide Sleeve Turtleneck Sweater, $88

Treasure and Bond Boucle Funnel Neck Pullover, $79

Rails Runi Camo Cardigan, $248

Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Double Breasted Cardigan, $198

Madewell Buffalo Check Sweater Coat, $188

Lined Pants

Are lined pants too practical for this blog? No! Put on a pair and you will wonder how you ever lived without them. I once loaned my Uniqlo HeatTech Warm-Lined Pants to a client for a trip to Iceland. Instead of only wearing them on her excursions, as anticipated, she ended up wearing them instead of jeans most days. They are so warm, I can’t wear them inside!

Plush Fleece Lined Liquid Moto Leggings, where have you been all my life? These are definitely the most stylish of the warm layers for outdoor gatherings we found!

Uniqlo HeatTech Warm-Lined Pants, $49.90 $39.90

Plush Fleece Lined Liquid Leggings, $84

Plush Fleece Lined Liquid Moto Leggings, $93

Athleta Altitude Pant in Polartec Stretch, $98

Athleta Chelsea Cargo Lined Pant, $98

Uniqlo Pile-Lined Denim Jersey Pants, $29.90

Talbots Tech Fleece Leggings, $99

Final Touches

Don’t forget to BYOB (Bring Your Own Blanket) and keep the heat in with a warm hat and socks. I have a chronic disease called “I can’t stop losing my hat,” so I buy a few of the Uniqlo HeatTech Knitted Caps every year. If only they would bring back the burgundy one I lost last year…

Can you even with the White and Warren Cashmere Face Mask? Talk about the perfect gift for the person who has everything! It just sold out before I hit publish but I do hope they restock!

This is not our annual gift guide, but I think the Nordstrom Bliss Plush Throw and the Ugg Cozy Chenille Sock are also awesome gifts.

Nordstrom Bliss Plush Throw, $39.50 $28.90

Cuyana Baby Alpaca Square Edge Cape, $195

Uniqlo HeatTech Knitted Cap, $9.90

White and Warren Cashmere Face Mask, $65 or the snood if the mask is sold out!

Smartwool Wheat Fields Knee High Socks, $25.95

Ugg Cozy Chenille Sock, $20

What are your favorite warm layers for outdoor gatherings? Have you tried any of our suggestions? Let us know in the comments below!

Real Life Style is a style consulting firm that teaches busy women to wear their power so they can live their lives fully and confidently. Lani Inlander and Kyle Dunphy are based in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and serve clients nationwide. We offer personal styling services, an on-demand e-course, corporate services, and training to become a personal stylist.

Once in a while, you can find Lani Inlander and Real Life Style on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. Mostly, they are happily busy serving their fabulous clients, not hanging out online!

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