It’s that time of year again: The leaves are changing, boots are being excavated from the closet depths and the world is unanimously rejoicing over the return of the Pumpkin Spice Latte. You’ve done your fall shopping and are ready to style your new treasures. When the temperature drops, layering is key. No need to run home for a quick change; transitional layered outfits will ensure that you don’t melt or freeze during your day.
Layers can be tricky. Pairing the wrong pieces can make you look bulky and dowdy. One too many sweaters, and you risk looking like Andy from “A Christmas Story.” I firmly believe you should never wear so many articles of clothing that you cannot move your arms. Fear not! Follow my layering tips and tricks, and you will look fabulous for fall in no time.
When creating a layered outfit, keep under-layers snug and fitted to avoid unnecessary volume. Grab a long-sleeved T-shirt — colored if you’re feeling wild — that will peek out from underneath a three-quarter-length jacket or sweater. This also works well with a shawl and is adorable with a capelet if the weather is cool enough.
A simple blouse or tee in a solid color is the perfect visual anchor in a layered outfit. It gives you a simple base on which other, more eye-catching pieces can be added. One of the keys to successful layering is being able to deconstruct your outfit; each visible layer should be wearable on its own.
Play with textures, and vary materials and colors when you layer garments. This will prevent you from looking like a blob when you leave your room. Now don’t get me wrong; monochromatic style — when executed correctly — can be stunning. Just be sure to break up the uniformity with a mix of fabric and shades. Incorporate different fabrics: mix a heavy knit sweater with a cotton shift dress, tights, knee socks and boots.
Don’t be too quick to pack up all your summer clothes. Gals, pair that sleeveless summer dress over a turtleneck or tee to channel the perfect 90s “it-girl” look. Put your jean shorts over a pair of tights and add ankle boots, crew length socks and a button-down under a cable-knit sweater — maybe even a floppy hat — and you’ll be the most posh kid on campus. Keep your crop tops out too! Matched with a sweater and high-waisted midi skirt or jeans, your crop top will span the seasons.
Also consider varying clothing article length to add interest to your look. A capelet may leave your forearms exposed, but opera-length woolen gloves will keep you warm and stylish. Combine a quarter-length jacket with a long-sleeved thermal and add a scarf as the pièce de résistance. For a fun autumnal combo, try a short skirt, a fitted cami under a long-sleeved cardigan, tights, socks and of course, fall’s favorite shoe: the tall boot.
When layering, your options are limitless. You have the ability to revamp your wardrobe without breaking the bank; all you need is a little creativity and an understanding of layers. Now put on your tees, sweaters, jackets, jeans, socks, boots, hats and scarves. It’s time for fall!