Well hello there! It seems like just yesterday we were saying goodbye to a sun-soaked summer in the Hamptons last week. But now the leaves have already turned, and they're beginning their descent to the ground as branches become more bare with each passing day.
I actually quite like this time of the year... what with a change in foliage, energy, and vibrancy. Though many would argue that this time of year can be a bit awkward and at time unpredictable (Indian Summer anyone?). Though I personally have a sneaking suspicion that the temperature is gong to plummet (meaning yours truly can't wait to escape to Florida stat!).
Since the weather during late fall can be a bit bipolar, it can be difficult to dress for the occasion. One moment, the occasion may be a freezing day at the park, and the next can be a sunny day at a rooftop restaurant (like today)... you just never really know!
When the weather is unsure, you can be sure that the right way to hit the town is in carefully crafted layers. Layering is one of the most versatile styling techniques, but sometimes it can be tricky.
So... let's take a step back and STRATEGIZE shall we?
-- This may seem like a no-brainer to some, but finding the correct base is key to a successful layered ensemble (right down to the skivvies!) Consider a long-sleeved bodysuit like those displayed on Lyst to snag some extra arm coverage without the inconvenient sliding of multiple garments. Camisoles often ride up, but a body suit will move with you!
-- If you plan on wearing a dress, choose a slip with thickness or sheerness according to the forecast, and if the temps have been dropping at night, throw on a pair of tights, too.
-- With a good solid base/foundation, the bulk of your outfit goes on next! Whether it's a top-and-pants combo or that dress you've been dying to wear, this is the main part of your outfit. When choosing your garments, keep in mind that you will be layering on top, and therefore some pieces work better than others. For example, a top that is special because of flowy sleeves or puffy shoulders is not a good decision because it will look bulky underneath another garment. Keep in mind that not all garments were made for layering, and at the end of the day, it's all about simplicity, comfort, and grace!
-- Now that you've got a great base outfit going on, it's time for that inevitable jacket that's going to define you on the streets. Depending on the look you're going for and the number on the thermometer, you'll want to decide whether or not you need a cardigan in the mix or if you should just go straight for a coat. Here you can ask yourself, do I want something flared? Structure? Oversized? Slim-fitted? All can be fabulous but you just need to stick to your look and own it. If you're rocking skinnies, an oversized look works; consider this chic cape spotlighted by Harper's Bazaar.
-- Last but not least, accessory add-on! Perhaps the most fun part of layering, adding accessories gives the opportunity to show off your personal style and help you stand out from the sea of black we often encounter in the cooler months. Since winter hasn't officially made its debut just yet, take advantage and wear lighter scarves that are more for fashion than function. A fur purse or funky socks are quirky ways to up your level of chicness while staying warm. Still need inspiration? Here are 25 separates on Elle to get your layering juices flowing.
Enjoy! Oh, and please, get out there to make the most of this gorgeous Autumn weather!!