Much like a lot of women, the idea of layering used to be an intimidating thought for me too. Maybe it only works for tall women? Do I abide by a gospel? What if I look bulky? It looks quite expensive to pull off too, frankly. Incessant thoughts would cloud any courage to step out in a layered ensemble. Especially during the winters when layering is more a necessity than a fashion statement. Little did I know, it could be both and more. From picking the right colour tones to assembling layers, the seemingly daunting task of layering is actually a fun wardrobe experience. It is also one of those times when you get to explore personal style and freely express your identity through clothes. Through balance and proportion here are three simple steps to ace the art, suitable for all body types.The Base LayerFitted, muted, and timeless. The base is the defining layer of your ensemble. Its best to stick with basics in muted tones. You can choose to go with or without sleeves, depending on how heavy or light you intend to layer. It is also a great space to style breathable shapewear, which the following layers will be sure to complement. The base adds an interesting definition to the neckline too. Feel free to play between collars, turtle or scoop necks as you think comfortable utilitarian pieces.The Functional LayerThere is a certain sophistication that comes with the right kind of functional layer styling. Here lies the fun part while youre still getting comfortable with the idea of layering. Stick to silhouettes that are a little more flowy and a little less structured. To avoid looking bulky, think of your body as a triangle. Fitted bottoms go with loose-fitted tops and vice versa. Or you could completely shun the rule book and go with an oversized androgynous fit. The functional layer is also the space that focuses on the colour palette for your look. Go with monotones that additionally serve as a canvas for your next and closing layer.The Fun Layer and Accent LayerBring out all the I-have-nothing-to-wear pieces from your wardrobe for the fun layer. A great way to use pieces that you love but never wear. Shirts, ponchos, sweater vests, shrugs, you name it. Dont shy away from prints, patterns, and pops of colours. It carries a wonderful peek of your style before the accent layer. The statement accent layer completes your outfit. Pick pieces that move away from the body, preferably a heavy garment. For instance, an overcoat gives subtle structure but also leaves room for the other layers to be seen.PRO TIP: While you may skip the fun layer, it is a great way to sustainably utilise your wardrobe.Accessorise the look with shoes, handbags, or scarves for an elevated finish. But remember, like Coco Chanel said, Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take at least one thing off. Happy layering!*The above images are your representational purpose.