6 Cute Ways to Style a Thermal Shirt Through Winter and Beyond

My husband bought a gray waffle knit thermal shirt from American Eagle a few months ago and I immediately started stealing it. Since he really hates when I do that I finally just went and bought one for myself in a smaller size (I still “borrow” his oversized to wear with leggings on occasion. He’ll live). I’ve been surprised by how often I wear it and how many different ways I can style it. It has turned into an unexpected wardrobe workhorse this winter that I’ve come to rely on for a wide variety of occasions. Since I’m pretty much always cold, I love that I can use a simple, warm shirt so many ways!

A quick tip I’ve recently figured out for buying men’s clothing when you want an oversized look- keep an eye open for raglan style sleeves. There’s no shoulder seam to hit you halfway down your bicep (which can make you look like a little girl who borrowed a shirt from her dad). The end result is slouchy but not sloppy!


  • Can’t Stop Won’t Stop 1 of 8
    6 Cute Ways to Style a Thermal Shirt Through Winter and Beyond
  • The Thermal Goes Out On the Town 2 of 8

    The comfy basic gets a little sassy when paired with leather pants and eye-catching heeled booties!

  • The Thermal Goes to Work 3 of 8

    Layering a thermal with a crisp white shirt makes the casual piece go work appropriate. It's especially nice if you work in an office that's always 5 degrees colder than you'd really like!

  • The Thermal With a Skirt 4 of 8

    This was my New Years Eve outfit! We hosted a casual come-and-go party at our house so a thermal was the perfect laid back comfy kind of top to go with my favorite skirt.


  • The Thermal Goes Fancy 5 of 8

    Whenever we go out it's a solid bet that my teeth will be chattering by the end of the night. Between overzealous use of A/C and sipping ice water I always end up freezing. Pairing a warmer top with my skirts helps me stay a little more comfortable!

  • The Thermal as a "Soft" Layer 6 of 8

    Jenna Lyons advised that, when layering, you should include something crisp, something soft and something structured. A thermal shirt makes a perfect "soft" layer that helps retain warmth.

    Coat, OASAP, $80.39
    Plaid shirt, Aeropostale, $10 (on sale!)

  • Thermal Transition 7 of 8

    The transition between seasons can be hard to dress for because temperatures vary so widely. A pair of thick knit shorts and my thermal will be perfect for the transition back to warmer weather in a couple months!


  • Get Your Own (On Sale!) 8 of 8
    AE Thermal Shirt

    My beloved shirt is still available in 5 different neutral colors AND on deep discount. Grab one (or two in different sizes) quick! I'm going to grab that claret color for myself- too gorgeous to pass up!

    American Eagle, $11.99

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