How to Layer Fall Clothes Stylishly

Guest Blogger - April Clark, Fashion Aficionado, Beauty, Lifestyle Blogger​​

It’s time to transition into cooler temperatures and that means transitioning your wardrobe.  For the first few weeks it may seem like it’s still summer and in fact most people have a few summer items that they would like to take into fall.  It’s very possible to make your wardrobe stretch into another season with layering tips.  Layering is great for warmth but even better as a style trick to give your summer items a fall makeover.

Layering helps you reimagine items that you never thought could be layered.  Start with a good base.

  • Strapless dresses
  • Sleeveless jumpsuits
  • Short sleeve sweaters
  • Long dresses
  • Short sleeve dresses

Once you’ve found the items that you would like to layer, next start with your first layer.  The first layer should be the thinnest layer.  This layer is typically not removed during the day so it should be an item that is comfortable and fits close to the body to prevent bulking under additional layers.

  • Long sleeve tailored button down shirt
  • Long sleeve Henley
  • Turtle neck
  • Long sleeve crewneck or V-neck shirt
  • Short sleeve t-shirt
  • Camisole
  • Tank top

Next, it’s time to build your layers.  Keep in mind that anything more than three layers is too much.  Too many layers looks like an attempt to keep warm versus a style concept.  Your layers should be able to work without each layer.  Begin to build with the thinnest layer and add your base. Continue with your second layer.

  • Long cardigan
  • Sweater
  • Belted scarf
  • Pullover sweater
  • Vest
  • Blazer
  • Sweatshirt

Finally, the third layer is called the completer piece.  It is typically the finishing touch to a layered look and not necessarily worn as a part of the outfit.  The completer piece can serve as a pop of color or a great pattern.  The final layer can be worn with the outfit for outdoor activities like a football game or weekend errands. 

  • Overcoat
  • Denim jacket
  • Oversized sweater
  • Blazer
  • Button cardigan
  • Pull over sweater
  • Leather jacket

Remember, the most layers you should attempt are three, but you can easily stop at two if you love the look the way it is.  Keep in mind your color choices.  Lots of layers in the wrong color pallets can look messy and unplanned.  Try to avoid pattern on pattern layering if this is your first time layering two or more items.  If you layer a pattern or a bright color, make sure the other two layers are a neutral.  Once you become comfortable with layering for style, pattern mixes will become a breeze. The key to pattern on pattern layering is to make sure the patterns are the same tone.

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