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3 Simple Layering Tips for Fall That Every Fashion Girl Has Down Pat

While we’re silently weeping over the end of summer Fridays, there’s one collection that’s got us bright-eyed and bushy-tailed for the season ahead, and it comes from H&M. The high-street retailer’s latest Studio Collection has captured everything we love about fall: fun textures (beyond florals), thoughtful detailing, and yes, all the creative layers. While the ensuing outfits might seem like they took a whole lot of effort to put together, there are actually just a few basic rules to master, says blogger Julie Sariñana of Sincerely Jules.

If our summer style was personified by the Italian coastline, then fall’s inspiration comes from the concrete jungle, and there’s no better cosmopolitan navigator of style than Sariñana. The Angeleno has traveled the globe, from her motherland of Mexico to the cities of Madrid and Marrakech. So it’s safe to say she knows what she’s talking about when it comes to the season’s best layering tricks, no matter which city you’re in. Ahead, see Sariñana’s top three layering tips for fall, using all the need-it-now essentials from H&M’s latest collection.

Every city girl has her go-to black uniform, but for fall, that ensemble might need another layer or two to keep it interesting. For Sariñana, it’s all about striking a balance. Here, she paired black leather boots with a more feminine ruffle-sleeve top to counter the edge.

While you already know that plaid is the print of fall, one way to update the texture to make it look like you’ve spent a weekend horseback riding in the English countryside is focusing on the cut. “Wearing tailored pants is key,” says the blogger. “These are perfect because they’re fitted and cropped, so it helps give a more fresh, modern look.” She recommends topping off the equestrian look with a baker-boy hat and a tucked-in sweater for a polished finish.

When putting together your city-appropriate ensembles for fall, adding a shirt underneath (or above) a dress can be the simple layer that makes the look feel pulled together. Take cues from Sariñana, and try layering a turtleneck under your dress, pairing it with ankle boots. The pragmatic kitten heel on these boot helps make this fashion look functional.

Are you as excited to shop H&M’s new Studio Collection as we are? Shop the lookbook now before these pieces sell out.