The best way to upgrade your wardrobe doesn’t require buying a ton of new pieces. It just requiresa creative approach to using the pieces you already own. This fall, we’re taking inspiration from these 13 seriously stylish ladies to breathe new life into the shirts, skirts, dresses and jackets we thought we’d grown tired of.
13 Unexpected Ways to Layer Fall Clothes
Stay warm, look cool
Wear A Party Dress Over A Turtleneck
See? Turtlenecks are a total godsend in colder weather, especially when you don’t want to retire your favorite fun, fancy summer dress. A turtleneck also makes a bold dress look way more casual, meaning you can totally wear it during the day.
Wear A Pencil Skirt Over Skinny Pants
We’ve always been a little skeptical of the skirt-over-pants thing, but this thoroughly modern and chic version—pairing a fun pencil with leather skinnies—has totally changed our mind.
Get the look: Kendall + Kylie skirt ($111); Ann Taylor leggings ($98)
Layer A Shearling Coat Over A Buttoned Vest
This combo is perfect if the look you’re going for is “Ralph Lauren fever dream.”
Get the look: ASOS coat ($113); Antonio Melani vest ($119)
Wear A Longer Vest Over A Shorter Jacket
The conundrum: You have an amazing, faux-fur-trimmed vest that you’re dying to wear, but it’s a touch too cold to rock it with just a shirt underneath. The answer: a shorter coat for visual balance.
Get the look: MICHAEL Michael Kors vest ($195); H&M jacket ($40)
Wear A Jean Jacket Over A Shirtdress And Jeans
Think of this as a preppier take on the previous look, featuring what should be a mainstay in your wardrobe—your trusty jean jacket.
Get the look: Levi's jacket ($50); Everlane dress ($78); AG jeans ($168)
Wear A Maxi Dress With A Turtleneck And Moto Jacket
Boho beauty at its fall finest. Try topping a flowy maxi with a tough leather moto jacket and adding a turtleneck underneath for good measure.
Get the look: Loft dress ($90); Gap turtleneck ($35); Silence + Noise jacket ($139)
Wear A Midi Skirt With A Long Sweater
A skirt can be tougher to pull off as it gets colder. Sure, you can add tights or high boots, but you still might be chilly. To stay warm, top it with a long sweater that hits around mid-thigh. Create a nice long line by sticking with a sweater that skims your body but doesn’t hug it too tightly.
RELATED: 6 Chic Ways to Wear Skirts in the Fall
Wear A Kimono Over A Turtleneck
A kimono seems fairly summery until you wear it over a seasonally appropriate sweater. The resulting look is unexpected and so cool.
Get the look: Current/Elliott kimono ($135); J.Crew turtleneck ($20)
Wear A Wool Overcoat Over A Suede Moto Jacket
To keep double jackets looking chic and intentional, mix materials and pair, say, wool with suede or leather with faux fur. When layering jackets it’s also important to consider proportions: The first layer should fit snugly, while the second should be more oversized.
Get the look: MICHAEL Michael Kors coat ($347); Calvin Klein Jeans jacket ($75)
Wear A Belt Over A Sweatshirt
Well, isn’t this fun? A graphic sweatshirt is cheeky and not for more modest dressers, but if you’re gonna go for it, might we suggest cinching it? A skinny belt defines your shape despite the fact that you’re covered in the coziest material ever.
Get the look: The Limited belt ($16); Bow & Drape sweatshirt ($59)