Your ultimate guide to layering for fall

As new fall trends roll in, the temptation to buy a whole new wardrobe is real. But there are *so* many ways to layer pieces you already have in your closet to upgrade your go-to fits! Layering and pairing different pieces is a budget-friendly way to shop your own wardrobe and come up with new and exciting ways to wear your favorite clothes.

Especially as the weather's chilly in the morning and hot in the afternoon, layering is a great way to make your look more interesting. Here are some pieces to build outfits around this fall szn that will bring in allll the compliments... 

Shackets and jackets

The easiest way to spice up a basic fit is to pair a shacket, flannel or jacket over top. A cute corduroy, jean or pleather jacket is a fall staple. On warmer days, a light layer like a button-up or flannel will help you get more use out of a tank or short-sleeve top. (Psst: You can also drape the sleeves over your shoulders for a preppy look if it's too hot outside to wear it.)


Sweater vests

Adding a sweater vest over a basic tee, long sleeve or turtleneck will give professional vibes without looking too formal. (We could always use a girlboss confidence boost for a school presentation, an interview or work, tbh.) Throw it over a button-up shirt for an even more business-casual aesthetic. Dark academia-coded? We think yes.



An oversized blazer is an easy way to dress up jeans and a tank. Plus, it's a super cute piece to pair with skirts and boots for more special occasions. A bright-colored blazer is also fun way to make your outfits more bold (and IG-worthy, if we may say so ourselves).



Knit sweaters are another staple layering piece for both over and under other tops. A sweater or sweatshirt works great under a button-up or turtleneck. Add a fitted, lighter sweater underneath a short dress you wore over the summer. As long as one of the layers is a neutral color, this is a foolproof method that works with almost any combo. 


Fleece-lined tights

Fall and winter don't have to mean putting away your skirts and dresses until the spring. Fleece-lined tights help you keep the look without freezing in the cold temps. These work great with boots, loafers and heels for more special occasions. Bonus: Ruffled or knit socks add another fall detail to make your fit that much more Pinterest-worthy. 


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by Madelyn Willoughby | 10/30/2023