How to Totally Master the Art of Layering

As the temperature drops, we find ourselves wanting to just throw on an oversize coat and call it a day. But in figuring out how to layer for fall—at least for the most creative dressers—there’s a bit more to it than that.

Fall is the perfect time to test out your layering skills and utilize some of your favorite items that are already in your closet to create ensembles. Remember: It’s not about being complicated; it’s about outfit combinations that are greater than the sum of their parts. Plus, should a bit of overheating occur, you can always peel off the garments throughout the day to keep cool and comfortable indoors.

Curious about how to layer for fall? Scroll on to check out our style tips and shop some key pieces.

Wear a Thin Cardigan Underneath a Jacket


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This trick adds a layer of warmth but can also be used to incorporate texture and color in an unexpected way.

Utilize Vests


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Especially in a tailored fit, a vest will pull together any ensemble—and any number of layers—into a polished final look.

Double Up Your Sweaters


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It’s simple: More knits create more warmth. But also, don’t be afraid to use this trick as a way to play up colors, patterns, and interesting silhouettes, too.

Style a Dress Over a Button-Down


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With the right under-layering, no dress in your closet has to be designated for the warmer months only.

Accessorize With Scarves


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The bigger, bolder, and more blanket-like the better.

Try Heels With Socks


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Allow your feet to leave your outfit’s lasting impression.

This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated by Aleksija Vujicic. Next: Love the layered-socks look? Here's how to style them with loafers.

Yujin Ryeo
Editorial Intern