The key to successful autumnal dressing is all in the layers. The key to dressing in layers without feeling like Joey in that episode where he wears all of Chandler’s clothes…that’s a little trickier. Luckily, there’s more than one way to keep warm. Here, five outfits that demonstrate just how to rock fall clothes like a lady.
Trench Coat + T-Shirt + Cropped Jeans + Heels
A comfy tee and straight-leg jeans might already be your weekend uniform, but adding a long jacket—especially in the color du jour, power red—and pointy-toe stilettos suddenly makes the whole outfit look much chicer. Bonus: A pair of light-colored heels gives the illusion of mile-long legs.
Bell-Sleeve Top + Button-Front Skirt + Loafers
By now, you’re well aware that statement sleeves are a trend that’s sticking around. But it’s not all billowy fabrics and puffy shoulders. These sleeves also come in work-appropriate silhouettes—like on a crisp, collared button-down. Tuck it into a rich corduroy skirt (we love this color combination) and punctuate with loafers (psst, we love flat footwear with a shorter hemline). Feeling a chill? Pull on a sleeveless sweater that still shows off those sleeves.
Cardigan + Belt + Midi Skirt
A sweater worn over a voluminous skirt can add bulk in the one place most of us want it least. A patent-leather belt—in a matching color to keep things streamlined—helps define your waist and add interest.
Midi Dress + Jeans + Ankle Boots
Not ready to retire your favorite floaty dress for the season? Sport some form-fitting denim underneath for an extra layer of warmth and an interesting hint of detail at the hem. Stark-white boots that show just a sliver of skin at the ankle will keep things from looking too heavy.
Tie-Neck Blouse + Culottes + Strappy Heels
A pussy-bow blouse will always look super-femme, whether you tie it up Margaret Thatcher-style or leave it loose like a scarf. Pair it with flowy culottes that skim your hips and a pair of Mary Jane pumps for a look that will leave no one questioning your lady-boss status.