Art of Style

Lessons In Layering: The Season’s Must-Try Styling Tricks

From after-dark tops worn over everyday T-shirts to head-to-toe tonal looks – here’s the lowdown on how to layer this season

Words Chloe StreetFashion editor Hannah Cole
A denim or leather jacket, a blazer, a crisp shirt, a white tank top or tee: these are all wardrobe staples that are perfect for everyday layering this fall

The fall season heralds the opportunity to gravitate towards our coziest separates and also allows us to wear multiple pieces at once. Done properly, wrapping up amid gradually declining temperatures can be a masterclass in multifunctional dressing, where layering separates can seamlessly take you from dawn to dusk; alfresco to inside – and negate the need for bulky outerwear on cooler days when you want to feel polished. But how do you curate your closet for the season ahead? Here’s how to navigate the art of layering this autumn.

As the cold weather sets in proper, it feels like it’s time to double down on the hard-working staples that will see us through the shifting temperature in style. And, this season, the easiest way to make those core closet pieces feel fresh is all in the styling: think business-like shirts from Stella McCartney in fluid proportions, styled over a crisp white tank from Wardrobe NYC x Hailey Bieber, which instantly takes this look from boardroom to brunch-casual. Paired with The Row’s wide-legged pants and a relaxed blazer from Nili Lotan, this look is giving ’90s-minimalist-on-a-New-York-commute vibes – especially when teamed with a pair of retro-look New Balance sneakers.

Colder weather doesn’t mean you have to pack away all your favorite summer dresses – instead, make them fall/winter-ready with smart separates. For example, long-sleeved dresses with a playful knitted vest layered on top are perfect for the transition into cooler days. Molly Goddard’s ‘Jen Fair Isle’ knit features hot-pink hues that will brighten up the softer pastel shades found in Isabel Marant’s Étoile’s floral midi dress; plus, the ruffled grandad collar will look cool popping out from beneath the crew-neck sweater. To keep the silhouette chic and city-ready, slip on a cone-heeled knee boot from Isabel Marant for added edge, then look to Khaite’s supersized bag and gold-tone jewelry to amp up the grown-up feel.