As the seasons change and the leaves begin to fall, so do the temperatures outside. Layering comes with the package of temperature dropping in the fall and winter months. Now, we are faced with the challenge of looking cute while staying warm and comfortable in the fall months.
Of course, we all know how cold it can get here in North Dakota, so it is very important to layer our outfits. Personally, like a lot of college students, my favorite accessory is a cup of coffee. Layering not only keeps you warm, but also makes your outfit more interesting and fun. Check out a couple of my favorite layering tricks. Try them out and then you can have fun and stay warm during the chilly months.
Layer with a dress
A fun and unique way to get more wear out of summer dresses as we transition into fall is to simply wear them over skinny jeans or leggings and then throw a sweater or jacket over the whole look.
This layering trick has an effect of making it look like you are wearing a skirt. You can make the look more “girly” by pairing floral dresses with jean jackets or more “classic” by taking a T-shirt dress and putting a basic sweater over it. Using your summer dresses as a layering piece will give you a whole new look and might even spark a few amazing compliments. Who doesn’t love a nice compliment every so often?
Layer with a simple turtleneck
Turtlenecks are extremely versatile in the fall and winter months. I love them because you can wear them under or over other pieces for added interest and warmth. A good turtleneck is truly a staple in every person’s wardrobe. A look that I love is wearing a turtleneck and layering a camisole or loose tank top over it then topping the whole look off with a jacket. You can also wear a longer cami under the turtleneck so it hangs out the bottom to give you added length and flare.
Another simple thing you can do for a traditional extra layer of warmth is throw a turtleneck under any of your favorite sweaters. Once you have your sweater on, cuff the sleeves a couple times to show off that extra layer underneath.
Wear tights and high-socks together
If you are obsessed with dresses, like me, you know how difficult it can be to wear a dress in the fall and winter months without freezing your legs. A trick I use to keep those legs warm is to wear a pair of tights under your dress, then take a pair of over-the-knee socks and layer them over the tights. Finish this look off with a pair of over-the-knee or knee-high boots. This little touch will add so much extra warmth and allow you to wear your dresses through the seasons.
Layer flannel/button-down tops with sweaters
When you think of ways to layer, one of the easiest trends that comes to mind is putting a shirt with a collar under a sweater. This extra touch is so easy and can make your sweater look classy and put-together. However, I have a couple tips for you to really pull this look off.
First of all, it looks best if you cuff the sleeves of your sweater a couple times to show off the shirt underneath. Second, I prefer a longer shirt so you can see it peeking out of the bottom of your sweater. Lastly, I love to mix colors and patterns. Mixing colors and patterns can make a simple shirt and sweater combo really stand out. When mixing patterns, try to find a common color between the shirt and sweater. This may be out of your comfort zone, but it will look better than you think.
Once you have your shirt and sweater picked out, throw on a long necklace or wrap a scarf around your neck or drape the scarf off your shoulders to complete the look.
Hoodie under a denim jacket
If you like a more casual look, this is for you. One way to make your favorite hoodie look more stylish is by layering on an oversized denim jacket. This look is so effortless and can make a hoodie go from a lazy day outfit to a cute outfit to wear to class. If your hoodie is a full-length zip-up, then it looks super cute to leave it unzipped with a graphic T-shirt underneath. You could also wrap a flannel around your waist for added color and layers. Personally, I would pair this look with leggings or skinny jeans and cute athletic shoes such as Converse.