The in-between seasons – like the transition from fall to winter – offer a whole lot of weather to prep for, from the sunny, warm days that feel like summer at the beginning of the transition, to blustery cold days that make you think winter has already arrived at the end.
And while this range of conditions can be a wardrobe challenge, it's also an opportunity to get creative. The period between fall and winter is a chance to make pretty combinations with outerwear outfits that bring together several of your favorite pieces into one look that's ready for anything.
These are some of the layers you can play with as you make the wardrobe shift from fall to winter.
Women's winter vests, both fleece and puffer varieties, are layering superstars for the fall. You can make these flexible outerwear options cozier or more warm-weather appropriate via the other clothing that you pair them with.
Choose light layers when the temperatures will be moderate or match a warmer sweater or thick wool turtlenecks when the temperatures drop. When it gets very cold, you can add another layer over a fleece and create an even warmer combination.
A fleece jacket is a cozy option for keeping the chill at bay. Fleece is a breathable fabric, so if a fleece jacket is paired with a breathable top in a material like cotton, the combination can be a terrific option for days when things may warm up at midday.
These jackets are generally made with tightly woven cotton fabrics, which can keep light breezes at bay. They have a chic, ready-for-anything look that pairs well with casual clothes and even a few dressier options. Wear a thick women's sweater under, and add a warm scarf if it's going to be brisk, but choose a warmer option if it's going to get cold.
As the breezy styles of summer give way to the more serious styles of fall and winter, trench coats take their place at the front of many women's closets. Trench coats come in lengths ranging from hip-length to below the knee, and they're an excellent choice to pair with work and more casual outfits. Trench coats block the wind on breezy fall-to-winter days, and depending on their fabric, they can keep you quite warm.
Denim jackets are a casual alternative to a more traditional blazer. Like a blazer, they can be worn over a T-shirt, a blouse or a sweater as part of an outfit, then topped with another coat if temperatures are even colder.
To keep your look cool on nippy days, moto or biker jackets are a fall option with a little rocker chic. They're an ideal option for days when things are cool, but not too cold. You can add a thick infinity scarf to keep the chill from your neck, as a feminine contrast to the tailored lines of the jacket.
For a coat that can keep you warm and moving on all but the coldest days, barn jackets are a preppy and functional choice. These coats feature collars that you can prop up against the chilly breezes, and they typically have lots of pocket space for your keys and gloves.
Before the snow falls, there's still plenty of rain, freezing rain and sleet to contend with. Women's rain jackets are a great choice for the transition from fall to winter come in a broad array of colors, styles, and levels of insulation. The one that's right for you is the best match for the forecast, but rain gear is essential for this time of year.
Puffer jackets and coats are outerwear options that come in weights and shapes that are perfect for most temperatures, from the mildest fall day to the most blustery winter afternoon.
Your women's wool coat style options are nearly limitless. They run the gamut from classic navy peacoats to pretty plaid car coats or elegant winter wrap dress coats. The wool coat you choose can be of a weight to wear in the early fall to full-on winter, depending on the forecast. Wool's a natural fabric that's breathable, so it's an excellent choice for layering over warm outfits, and it makes an ideal choice for wearing from fall right through the winter.
Wraps and shawls are versatile options for transitional season wear. If you wear it on its own, a shawl can be a light option that's perfect for contending with a light fall chill. But layered on top of another option – like a denim jacket, a light wool coat or a trench coat – a shawl can add extra insulation that makes the outerwear an option for even cooler days.
Even better, it's a warming style that looks absolutely fantastic.