The Dos & Don’ts For Layering This Fall.

Happy #FASHIONWEDNESDAY, amazing people! How was your Labor Day weekend? Mine was spent camping with my husband and our good friends πŸ™‚ Fall has officially made its entrance here in Idaho. September has barely started but here I am in scarves and sweaters!

CoziBear Boutique Teal Tartan Plaid Blanket Scarf

Today I will be talking about how to layer coming into fall. Fall weather, while definitely my favorite season, can be so tricky to dress for. 70’s during the day, 30’s during the night…how are you supposed to dress for that, amiright? Layers, that’s how. Layers can be versatile and stylish and they are PERFECT for finicky weather. It is the best way to stay warm…or cool…in these coming fall months. I’ve put together a foolproof DO and DO NOT list for you to reference in the near future here. 


What to DO and DO NOT do when layering this fall.

DO: Buy a size up in that jacket.

Charlotte Russe Lightweight Hooded Anorak


I know we all want to cinch our waists as tight as possible to show off our ~c u r v e s~ but it is probably best to just go up a size in that darling jacket because if you buy it too tight, layering is a moot point. You are going to be wearing that cute chambray shirt with the sweater over top + the tight jacket and long story short: your body is going to look like it is trying to escape from fabric prison. Let’s avoid that unfortunate image and give every thing some breathing room.

DON’T: Underestimate that j-crew vest you bought last season.

Hooded Quilted Puffer Vest
Vests are the most essential layering piece. They keep you warm without being too bulky and they are incredibly stylish. The best part is you aren’t hiding those super cute outfits you painstakingly put together. Let’s be honest for a second: it is kind of a bummer to look ON POINT but be too cold to take off your jacket to show the world. Vests totally take care of that little situation. Thank you, vests. We love you.
 

DO: Keep your layers light.

Liz Claiborne Denim Jacket
It probably isn’t the world’s best idea to wear six puffy jackets, a jean vest and a turtle neck all together. Try focusing on light layers like a chambray shirt, wool sweater and classic scarf. You can always take the scarf off and the sweater if needed. A long-sleeved graphic tee and denim jacket is another alternative. Think easy to shed and easy to pile on. 

DON’T: Forget about crewnecks.

Charlotte Russe Slay Crew Neck Sweatshirt
Fall is great for sweatshirts. But those hoodies can make layering uncomfortable and bulky. Trying to avoid the hoodies for now and go for a classic crewneck to stay warm but avoid the bulk. You can layer with scarves and denim jackets to keep your look classic (and avoid frump at all costs). Collard shirts underneath give an understated yet timeless style to your wardrobe.

DO: Mix fabrics.

Charlotte Russe Hacci Longline Cardigan
This is one of my favorite fashion “rules”. Mixing fabrics is key to layering because every layer will stand out. It doesn’t make a lot of sense to wear a denim button up with a denim jacket and jeans. You will end up looking like a giant denim disaster. Instead, opt for a cotton or wool long-sleeved top, denim jacket and metallic scarf or beanie. Each piece adds something to the outfit without blending in and causing a headache.

DON’T: Forget about the elements.

Boohoo Bethany Rain Mac
A dress and heels with tights and a cardigan is obviously a fall staple…but fall is notorious for unpredictable weather. Make sure you grab a lightweight rain jacket and stylish umbrella in case you step outside to a torrential downpour. Now is the time to invest in a cute pair of rain boots, too. I have two pairs of Hunter rain boots in Red and Black and I wear them all fall long! 

Hopefully this article helps you in your guide to dressing for fall and you find ways to incorporate layers that make you feel stylish during these coming months! I know, personally, fall is my favorite season. I can’t wait to pull out all my cozy sweaters and drink apple cider in the evening. Snuggle weather, here we come! 

PS: Today is also the last day to enter my CalPak giveaway! Head to this post if you don’t know what I’m talking about or haven’t entered yet. You don’t want to miss this!

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112 COMMENTS

  1. Sharon Wu | 7th Sep 16

    Omg these layers look so comfy. Need them all in my closet stat! Thanks for sharing xo, sharon

    http://www.stylelullaby.com/beauty/oz-naturals-vitamin-c-facial-serum/

  2. Rebekah | 7th Sep 16

    I have a military inspired jacket that I bought in my normal size and I totally regret it because the arms are so tight I can’t wear anything with long sleeves with it! I also love the idea of crew neck sweaters. They’re way more versatile than a hoodie!

  3. Casey | 7th Sep 16

    Love these tips! Totally agree on buying a slightly bigger size in the military jacket… I’m always hesitant because, like you said, wanna have some shape, but for fall it’s always so much better to have a little wiggle room for layering:)

    • Taylor Mobley | 7th Sep 16

      I always go for wiggle room!!! A cinched waist is a great addition πŸ™‚

  4. Angela Tolsma | 7th Sep 16

    Vests and scarves are my favorites for falls!! I love that green jacket you shared though!!

  5. Rebecca Bryant | 7th Sep 16

    Oh wow these are super cute and they look comfy. I am all about comfort in clothing.

  6. Dannie | 7th Sep 16

    I love that the don’t is “forget about the elements.” Here in Chicago, fall is one of three things: Windy, sunny, or rainy. Pick two and multiply. Even of it looks sunny, I promise that it’s windier than you expect out there. So remembering to style for the elements is so important! I can’t wait to break out my blanket scarves and jackets. Fall is my favorite!

    xoxo,
    Dannie
    http://www.stilefotocibo.com

  7. Neely Moldovan | 7th Sep 16

    LOVE vests! cant wait till its cool enough for them !

  8. Kate | 7th Sep 16

    Great article thanks for sharing. I can’t wait until Fall in Texas. I forget sometimes all the cute things we can wear in Fall.

  9. Danielle | 7th Sep 16

    I love all of these outfits and can’t wait until it’s cold enough to put them on and show out!! =]

    Danielle | http://www.FollowMyGut.com <3

  10. Lauren Ruehl | 7th Sep 16

    Love your thoughts on layering. You’re 100% right on the jacket sizing. I think sometime we get so hung up on “but I’m this size!” that we don’t make a practical choice. I love feeling like I can actually move under my jackets and am so glad I started sizing up! Also loving all your ideas on wearing chambray as a layering piece.

  11. Falon | 7th Sep 16

    I love fall fashion! Here in So Cal you definitely have to layer since the days still feel like summer! Loving that plaid scarf!

  12. karen | 7th Sep 16

    I can.not.wait for fall! Its been SO hot here in Cleveland that I am DYING of heat! Tomorrow its going to be 93′. What???

    • Taylor Mobley | 7th Sep 16

      Noo!! You can come steal our Idaho weather. It is supposed to be 50 degrees tomorrow!

  13. Alix Maza | 7th Sep 16

    I always get a size up in jackets because I love layering! Great tips.

    Alix | http://www.apintsizedlife.com

  14. Alison @ Puppies & Pretties | 7th Sep 16

    I’m all about vests in the fall. They are the perfect layering piece for the crazy temperature swings!

  15. Emily | 7th Sep 16

    I love this post, such a good round up of pointers. I never thought about it, but I really do love mixing fabrics this time of year! Fall just has so many to play around with, perfect for mixing!
    Emily
    http://darlingdearestblog.com

    • Taylor Mobley | 7th Sep 16

      Thanks Emily!!!! Mixing fabrics are so fun!!!!

  16. Terri Steffes | 7th Sep 16

    I love layers, too. I like chunky jewelry in the fall, too. I have couple of gold autumn leaves that I love to wear with my layers.

  17. Valerie | 7th Sep 16

    Love this post! Layering is a MUST for fall weather!

    http://www.styledmuse.com

  18. Amanda Rinehart | 7th Sep 16

    I always feel like florida life is really depriving me of all of the cute seasonal fashions when this time of year rolls around!! We can use scarves like 3 days of the year… in like January. πŸ™

    • Taylor Mobley | 7th Sep 16

      Ugh!!! Its on the other side of the spectrum here!

  19. Melissa Vera | 7th Sep 16

    I always buy a size up when I buy my jackets and coats especially if it is winter coat. Thanks for this great tips.

  20. Lauren | 7th Sep 16

    Great tips! I LOVE layering in fall. Oversize sweaters are my FAV! I need to get more into vests – I just haven’t found any that I love yet. Thanks for the tips, love!

  21. MyTeenGuide | 8th Sep 16

    All the outfits look very comfortable. These are great layering tips. Mixing and layering can get really tricky.

  22. Kim | 8th Sep 16

    Layering is the only way to go when you live in Atlanta. So many still keep the AC running. Love the tips!

  23. Mary | 8th Sep 16

    I absolutely love layering. It’s the best part of fall!

  24. Erin | A Welder's Wife | 8th Sep 16

    Ahh! I am so excited for fall! I love everything about it, especially the clothing! I agree with each and every Do and Don’t on this list! My favorite is the puffer vest! I have to replace mine this year, and I am so excited to start shopping around for something different than my previous one!

  25. Cass Bailey | 8th Sep 16

    I love this time of year but the weather is so unpredictable that it’s a nightmare to know what to wear. I find a lightweight jacket and a scarf are my absolute must haves x

  26. Robin Masshole Mommy | 8th Sep 16

    Thanks for the tips on layering. I love the layered look and now I have some new ideas.

  27. Jasmine | 8th Sep 16

    I am obsessed with the blanket scarves. I really need to get some vests for fall. I just can never find something I like lol

  28. Amanda Love | 8th Sep 16

    I am loving these tips! Layering can be tricky so it’s good to have tips like these! It’s nice that you mixed different textures, it adds style to the outfits!

  29. Alyssa Dawson | 8th Sep 16

    love the tips and I especially love the long layers! -they are great for hiding big hips like mine! haha!

    • Taylor Mobley | 8th Sep 16

      LOL amanda!! They are great for adding style and shape to anyone!

  30. Nicole Escat | 8th Sep 16

    I love your post, this is very useful for me. I will spread the word!

  31. Candy Waltrip | 8th Sep 16

    Good tip about sizing up on the coat. I always buy form fitting, but it limits me from layering. Next purchase I’ll be more aware of this. Thanks!

  32. Sheena Tatum | 8th Sep 16

    I always buy my jackets and cardigans and such in a size bigger because I love wearing a lot with them. Plus, I get cold easily!

  33. Lesley Carter | 8th Sep 16

    I love the first scarf. It reminds me of the Cape Breton tartan. Living in Southern California, scarfs are always a great way to go.

  34. Audrey | 8th Sep 16

    I love fall!! It is so much fun to layer, plus the leggings, the boots, the sweaters, it is all amazing!

  35. Megan Gonzalez | 8th Sep 16

    Thank you so much! I must admit, I’ve avoided layering for a long time because it always seemed to cost so much to create one outfit. But now I’m going on a three-month trip and can only pack one suitcase. Suddenly I need to know how to layer and layer well to be cute, warm, and not look like I’m wearing the same thing for three months! This will be a lifesaver while I pack!

    • Taylor Mobley | 8th Sep 16

      I’m so glad Megan!!!! πŸ™‚ HAVE FUN on your trip!

  36. Kristin | 8th Sep 16

    Fab tips! A denim jacket is definitely one of my fave fall layering pieces! It’s so darn versatile!

  37. Rachel Lynn | 8th Sep 16

    This article made me so happy! I love layering in the fall, but I’ve definitely had my ‘oops’ moments. I purchased a pair of Hunter boots and a puffer vest last fall and wore them all season long! Definitely worth the investment πŸ™‚

  38. Katie | 8th Sep 16

    I LOVE Puffy Vests so I’m glad wearing them isn’t a “don’t” this season!

  39. brittany | 8th Sep 16

    Fall!! I love Fall just for the clothes! Ok and the PSL and everything else that comes with it! These are great tips too!

  40. Clarissa | 8th Sep 16

    Fall is the BEST season for clothes (and you totes don’t need to shave your legs as much #win) — thanks for the tips! The buying a jacket one size is something I know about, but never remember to do, lol.

    -Clarissa @ The View From Here

  41. Jackie | 8th Sep 16

    Love all these looks! So obsessed with fall!

  42. Rachel at The Everyday Mom Life | 8th Sep 16

    I love the tip about the coat! I always fall into that trap. In reality, its a great way to keep from looking over stuffed in all your layers. No one knows what the tag says anyways.

  43. Annie | 8th Sep 16

    Oh I love this post! That scarf is gorgeous! I can’t wait for cooler temperatures so I can pull out some of these great layering pieces πŸ™‚

  44. Mandy | 8th Sep 16

    Great tips; I need to get better about switching over some pieces when the fall season arrives despite the fact that there really isn’t much of a weather change here.

    • Taylor Mobley | 8th Sep 16

      I recently took out ALL my fall clothes. πŸ™‚

  45. Rachel | 8th Sep 16

    Great tips! I’m so excited for fall clothes!

  46. Michelle @ Sunshine and Hurricanes.com | 8th Sep 16

    Love the tips about keeping your layering light, especially because I live in Florida where Fall is nonexistent! πŸ™‚

  47. CourtneyLynne | 8th Sep 16

    Great tips!!!!! Layering can be tough to
    Pull off sometimes so it’s great to know what works and what doesn’t!

  48. Kiwi | 8th Sep 16

    The only thing I like about Fall is layering. You can mix summer clothes easily if you put a jacket, scarf, blazer or tights on it!

  49. Casey | 8th Sep 16

    I love these layering tips. One of the reasons I love Fall so much is that it has the cutest fashion. I’m looking forward to pulling off some fun layers in the upcoming weeks.

  50. Blythe Alpern | 8th Sep 16

    Great tip for purchasing a jacket. I always try to think about what I will be wearing underneath my jacket because you don’t want to put on a cute outfit or sweater only to have your jacket be too tight. Fall is my favorite time of year. I love the colors and the layers. It’s so fun to experiment with different items.

  51. Karen Coghlan | 8th Sep 16

    If anyone needed a make over, it would be me, but with your tips I think even I could look better while staying warm…. thanks…

  52. Caroline | 8th Sep 16

    These are all such great tips! Up to now, my J. Crew vest is one of my best purchases, along with my red Hunters! I agree that layering and sizing up in jackets is the way to go.. the worst feeling is to be too stuffed in!

    • Taylor Mobley | 9th Sep 16

      So true! Nobody likes to feel trapped in their own clothes!

  53. HilLesha | 9th Sep 16

    One of the things that I look forward to doing in the fall is wearing scarves. I need a plaid blanket scarf like the one you featured!

  54. Wendy | 9th Sep 16

    These are all such great looks. I love fall clothes but living in Florida I always miss out on them.

  55. Kristen | 9th Sep 16

    Great tips! Now if the weather could just cool off a bit!

  56. Veronica | 9th Sep 16

    I have never been very good with layers! I will give them another try this fall. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity!

  57. Tammilee Tips | 9th Sep 16

    I love these tips! Fall is my favorite season, I love being able to layer my clothes like this.

  58. Rose Sahetapy | 9th Sep 16

    Noo..it’s still Summer, isn’t it? ???? It’s not really easy to dress up in the period between late Summer and begin of the Fall, but your tips are great to help to sort out what clothing items that great to wear in this period of time.

  59. Erica @ Coming Up Roses | 10th Sep 16

    Such a creative post – I lovelovelove it, girlfriend! And I’m with ya. Sizing up on a jacket is an oft-forgotten time but OH SO IMPORTANT when you want the right look without feeling like a marshmallow! And especially light right about now…i’ts still 90 degrees in PA…argh!

    Coming Up Roses

    • Taylor Mobley | 10th Sep 16

      and NOBODY wants to feel like a marshmallow. SO true. Omg. It is like 50-60 degrees here now!

  60. Justine Y @ Little Dove | 10th Sep 16

    These are great tips, especially about buying a larger jacket and mixing fabrics! When you have a mixture of fabrics it just really adds something to the outfit!

  61. christina aliperti | 10th Sep 16

    I totally love layers. It’s my favorite look and one of the only things I like about the colder weather. .

  62. Heather | 10th Sep 16

    Layers are a must in Maine, it seems like the temps can swing so much! I love sweaters in the fall though, they are my go-to…and jeans. Chunky wool and denim πŸ™‚

  63. Toughcookiemommy | 10th Sep 16

    I love the Fall exactly for this reason. I’m chomping at the bit to get out my leggings and wear my boots when it starts to get cooler.

  64. Lexi | 11th Sep 16

    I love all of these tips! Laying in the fall is my favorite!

  65. Kari | 12th Sep 16

    Great tips! I especially love that blanket scarf. Too cute!
    Kari
    http://sweetteasweetie.com/morning-routine-strawberry-pineapple-smoothie-bowls/

  66. geanine | 12th Sep 16

    Great layering items! I am loving the Charlotte Russe vest. Also what an excellent tip to go up a size, not many people realize that.

  67. adriana | 13th Sep 16

    I love this! Layering is my favorite, especially with fun scarves!!

  68. Krystle Cook | 26th Sep 16

    Layering is one of the best things about Fall! I love to be able to have a versatile look and take off pieces if needed.

  69. Tianna | 29th Sep 16

    thanks for these layering tips! πŸ˜€

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