6 Layering Outfits That Are Out of the Ordinary (and Will Earn You Compliments)

I personally think the ideal fall outfit perfectly marries fashion and function. Meaning: Layering is key. Some of the chicest autumn ensembles out there work flawlessly because they feature of-the-moment pieces all layered together in an effort to keep warm. While there are classic and timeless layering outfits—like a tee mixed with a cardigan, and perhaps a coat on top—there are actually a few key outfits I saved on IG that I think are particularly out of the ordinary.

The looks in question are all forward in nature and feel especially relevant. Due to this, I also think said outfits could earn you compliments thanks to their more creative feel. I’m talking about everything from ensembles that feature sweaters tied around blazers to those that highlight trendy pieces like sweater vests. Keep scrolling for a few fall layering outfit ideas, complete with shopping inspiration. Hey, you may just earn a compliment or two after testing out one of the solid looks ahead.


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This vibe feels very "right now" with the sweater vest on top of a shirtdress, complete with knee-high boots. Simply toss on a shacket or a blazer for another layer.


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The addition of a cozy sweater tied around the shoulders takes a trendy oversize blazer and boot vibe to the next level.


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A knit dress is perfect for fall—especially teamed with a long-sleeve tee and chunky boots.


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A double button-down shirt vibe feels incredibly fresh for the season.


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Enhance a jumpsuit look with a turtleneck underneath, and tuck the pants into knee-high boots for a directional silhouette.


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Here's another 'fit showcasing a sweater vest. This time worn with a blouse, skirt, and coat. The secret sauce is the loafer and white sock pairing. 

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Bobby Schuessler is a fashion editor with over a decade of editorial experience covering shopping, style, and beauty. He's spent over seven years at Who What Wear, currently leading the market team to deliver highly covetable and convertible content. He creates data-driven shopping guides featuring top retailers like Nordstrom, Shopbop, and Net-a-Porter and is at the forefront of Who What Wear's shopping tentpole strategies, including Amazon Prime Day. He also works on branded content initiatives and appears on camera in video and shopping livestream franchises. He has also worked across a variety of other media brands and fashion retailers like Refinery29, PureWow, Men's Health, and Gilt covering commerce, trend reporting, women's and men's fashion, home, and lifestyle.