Guide to Layering Up for the Fall 

Every season has its unique fashion, making each change of season exciting for the upcoming wardrobe adjustments. After enjoying a few months of heat, the arrival of cool breezes and crisp evenings brings back your favorite fall essentials like flannel shirts and duck boots. This season is a favorite to many who are fans of “sweater weather” — when it’s cool enough to wear a couple of layers of clothing and feel perfectly comfortable without a jacket.

Layered clothing is also crucial for the late fall and winter when you need to feel extra warm both indoors and outdoors. By throwing on a fashionable jacket or coat, you can continue to enjoy your layered outfits well into the winter and early spring. If you enjoy discovering new things, then you'll love how layering allows you to find new and interesting combinations of clothing to wear. Here’s a quick guide to layering for the fall so you can be comfortable and stylish all season long.

Layering 101

Layering for the fall is easy when you have strategic pieces of clothing in your closet. Be sure to have plain cotton turtlenecks, mock necks, and quarter-sleeve cotton shirts for base layers. For the top layer, light V-neck sweaters, fleece vests, fashion scarves, tank tops, and other basic tops work well. There are so many combinations you can make by mixing and matching your base and top layers. For the best results, make sure that the bottom layer of clothing is more fitting than the top layer. This ensures that the top layer comfortably fits over the shirt underneath without being too tight and that the bottom layer doesn’t crumple in places or bunch up. The top layer can be any favorite summer or spring top that you want to still wear in the colder weather. Warmer tops like a women's sweater can also be worn over your base layer when you need to feel extra toasty. 

Go Business Casual in a Blazer

If you want to take your turtleneck to the next level, then all you need to do is throw a blazer over it. Also, be sure to put on a skirt or a pair of slacks to tie it all together. Blazers come in different patterns and materials so that you can find the right color and weight of material to keep you comfortable throughout the season.

When the weather gets too cold for just a blazer, wear a women's wool coat over everything to stay warm outside. This ensures that your outerwear matches the formal look of your blazer and turtleneck. You can also put on a vest, scarf, or V-neck sweater underneath to add more warmth and depth to this ensemble. No matter how you accessorize this look, you will look like you're ready to meet some serious business goals.

Repurpose Your Rompers

A one-piece outfit is convenient for the days when you need to put together an outfit quickly. Rompers have made a big comeback for their convenience and style. Just because the weather cools in the fall, it doesn’t mean that you have to put this piece away yet. You can easily layer your rompers with a thin mock neck sweater to get more mileage out of it. This creates the sleeves and upper body coverage you want without losing the style of your favorite rompers. For a truly fall look, stick to rompers with long pants, which blend better with your seasonal footwear like ankle boots and flats.

Make Your Maxi Dresses Warm

Take your tall maxi dresses into the next season by simply wearing them over a solid-colored turtleneck sweater. This enables you to show off the gorgeous patterns and silhouette of the dress without feeling chilly or the need to carry a jacket. This look is perfect for when the weather isn’t quite cold enough to need a heavy jacket. You can still feel warm enough with this extra layer underneath and the long length of the maxi dress. When the weather becomes colder at the end of the fall, you can still wear your maxi dress by integrating leggings, long boots, and a jacket on top. 

Repurpose Summer and Spring Tops

Do you have a tank top that you simply love and don’t want to put away quite yet? Then grab a mock neck or turtleneck sweater and wear it underneath! This allows you to wear your favorite sweater tanks, T-shirt dresses , and even strapless tops well into the cooler months of late fall. Accessorize your layers with bold necklaces, sheer scarves, and fun earrings to create a truly unique look that shows off your personality.

By layering these strategic items in the fall, you can look incredible and feel comfortable as the weather gets colder.


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