5 Layering Hacks to Instantly Expand Your Fall Wardrobe

Upcoming cool weather means you’ll be pulling cozy clothes—sweaters, tights, and boots (oh my!)—out of storage. But before you pack away your summer favorites, take a look at these ideas for extending their seasonal shelf life (and add some new outfits to your autumn rotation while you’re at it!).


Maxi Dress

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Easy-breezy dresses may call to mind beach days and balmy evenings. But if you belt a sweater or a long-sleeve blouse over your favorite maxi, it transforms into a dramatic floor-length skirt just begging to be worn with tall boots.

To buy: $70, zara.com.


Crop Top

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If the idea of a crop top induces instant skepticism, rest assured by the fact that fall is actually the perfect time to try the trend. Not just for the brave of midriff, these abbreviated blouses also look great layered over longer silky tops—let the elongated hem peek out from underneath the crop, protecting your modesty and guarding against chilly breezes.

To buy: $45, asos.com.



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There’s no need to retire your favorite pair just because the temperature is dropping. Add opaque black tights underneath and you’re good to go. Keep in mind that this will look a bit dated when done with denim cut-offs, but this past summer’s crop of dressy and embellished shorts will be right on trend. A blazer and pointy-toed pumps really pull the look together.

To buy: $75, topshop.com.


Sleeveless Top

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The best thing about this hero piece of summer wardrobes? How fresh and chic it looks layered over the hero piece of fall: the turtleneck. Try a thin-knit turtleneck in a contrasting solid color under a sleeveless shell for an au courant way to work the season’s biggest trend.

To buy: $13, forever21.com.


Shift Dress

Photo by mango.com

Take a cue straight from the runways and layer a short summer shift over trousers—it works just like a tunic, only with a slightly exaggerated length. Pair it with slim, cigarette-style pants for a clean-cut, modern look, or over wide-leg styles for a more 70s vibe.

To buy: $60, mango.com.