One Layer at a Time

Welcome back fashionistas!


Fall is the best season of the year. It’s the time for pumpkin spice lattes, watching the leaves change color, all plaid everything, apple picking, trick-or-treating, ghost stories, and probably the only time you will see me wear orange (Go Vols!). Aside from the festiveness of the season, Autumn is one of the most difficult to dress for. It’s a constant fluctuation between chilly mornings, warm afternoons, and back to chilly evenings.

Ever since the first day of fall, you’ve been dying to wear the new seasonal pieces you just bought. The plaids, denims, and jewel tones have been taunting you from your closet for weeks. The air conditioner has been blasting nonstop for months now. Despite the October heat, you’re cuddled up with a blanket surrounded by pumpkin decor, as if that will somehow change the weather (I am still wondering when summer ends in Tennessee?).

Finally, it’s the first cool, fall-like morning! You are extremely eager to take advantage of your first opportunity to wear an Autumn inspired outfit. You start out the day slaying it, dressed in a heavy leather jacket, fuzzy infinity scarf, knit sweater, fleece-lined leggings, and over-the-knee boots (so on trend this season!). By the afternoon, you’ve ditched your jacket and scarf, you’re sweating in your sweater, and wishing that you would have worn something underneath. The fleece-lined leggings are starting to feel like a sheep in the middle of the desert desperately trying to shed its wool. Your cute fall look went from “insta-worthy” to epic fail in a matter of hours. Sound familiar?

Instead of wearing all of your new pieces all at once, be strategic. Use layering to make your outfit cute and comfortable no matter how the weather changes throughout the day.

Tips and tricks for layering:

  1. Always choose a lightweight jacket in the beginning of fall. With the rest of the items you will be layering, you won’t need a heavy jacket even if it starts out chilly in the morning.
  2. Wear a heavier button up shirt; either long sleeved or 3/4 length sleeves. I love a great denim button up shirt for fall (although it’s a staple piece for every season) or try a plaid print. Wear it buttoned or leave unbuttoned for a versatile look.
  3. A scarf is optional. If you’re worried about being cold in the morning, wear a lightweight scarf. It will keep you warm, look fashionable, and is easily removable if you start to overheat.
  4. Pick out a lightweight cotton t-shirt to wear underneath the button up shirt. If it’s sunny and 60 degrees, a t-shirt will feel much more comfortable. It gives you the option to take off the other layers if you get too hot and you won’t be turning heads for all the wrong reasons.
  5. Choose a lightweight pant or jeans. Jeans are flexible; they keep you warm when its chilly and cool when it’s warm. Try a dark or black wash for fall.
  6. Finally, aim to wear booties instead of boots. They are shorter and allow for more air and breath-ability, while still keeping your feet warm and protected from morning frost on the grass.

The key point in layering is to use balance. If there’s an Autumn trend that you’re dying to wear, balance it with cooler pieces. For example, if you just have to try out those over-the-knee suede boots and motocross inspired pants, pair it with a thin t-shirt and tie a jacket around your waist for versatility. If you can’t wait any longer to wear a chunky knit sweater, consider pairing it with a mini skirt and booties. Looking comfortable and put together is much more fashionable than having sweat running down your face while you’re snapping a picture with a pumpkin on an 80 degree day in a fur coat (don’t do it for the “gram”!).

Until next time!


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