Just because the weather is all over the place, doesn’t mean your style has to be. The key to tackling the temperature’s highs and lows is layering—a surefire way to keep you looking hot, even when it’s cold.
We picked the season’s most versatile pieces and created head-to-toe ensembles to help you transition seamlessly from fall to winter—all while flattering your figure.
A slightly longer take on this prep school classic will lengthen your look—Circle, Hourglass, and Triangle shapes, we’re talking to you. Plus, the slim-fit blazer has a bit of stretch, which means you’ll be able to move your arms enough to reach the chalkboard—er, boardroom easel. Dressed up with a crisp button-down shirt, midi skirt and pumps, or dressed down with boyfriend jeans, a tank and smoking slippers, this is a must-have for the season’s transitional temperatures.
1. J.Crew New Schoolboy Brushed Stretch-Wool Twill Blazer, $200
2. J Brand Aiden High-Rise Cropped Boyfriend Jeans, $218
3. T by Alexander Wang Classic Knit Tank, $77
4. DV by Dolce Vita Gelle Smoking Slipper, $69
5. Luv AJ ID Bracelet, $110
One of the biggest cold weather trends this year is the cape. And while it’s easy to be intimidated by this could-be-complicated coat, it’s worth figuring out how to wear it—especially if you’re a Triangle, as it adds interest to the shoulder and will draw the eye up. For Circle shapes, the A-line silhouette will conceal your stomach—an area you probably don’t want to highlight. Pair with a fitted, long-sleeve black tee, which will make your arms look long and lean, leather-look leggings or dark, skinny jeans (keeping things slim and streamlined on the lower half is the to key to preventing a tent-like effect) and leopard print heels.
1. Banana Republic Monogram Colorblock Cape, $225
2. James Perse Long-Sleeve Scoop Neck T-Shirt, $85
3. Hue Leatherette Leggings, $44
4. Nine West Heroheart Leopard Pump, $99
5. Express Crocodile Embossed Turnlock Satchel, $70
While leggings may seem like old news, they’re a layering staple. And with all of the covetable, yet expensive, leather pieces around right now, Hue’s version is the perfect way to incorporate the trend into your wardrobe without going for broke. These leggings flatter all body types (thank you, black and spandex) when worn correctly. If there’s one guideline to follow, no matter your size, it’s that leggings are not pants! While Rulers can show off their long, lean legs, no one needs to see all of your assets—at least not in public. Whatever your shape, wear with a top that falls below your hips (read: covers your butt). Hourglass, Ruler and Inverted Triangle shapes will look great in the leggings when worn with a long, loose tank under a tuxedo jacket or moto vest (depending on the weather) and biker boots. Circles and Triangles will appear super stylish and svelte when the leggings are paired with a cape or oversized sweater that hits mid-thigh or lower, and heels.
1. Hue Leatherette Leggings, $44
2. T by Alexander Wang Classic Knit Tank, $77
3. Dorothy Perkins Blush Notch Neck Jacket, $69
4. Frye Veronica Slouch Tall Boots, $328
5. Fossil Cecile Multifunction Stainless Steel Watch, $125
Chunky Knit Sweater
You’re going to want to live in this cozy, loose-fitting staple. Since it’s not a cable knit, nor super heavy, the sweater won’t add a lot of bulk, yet will still provide warmth and a little extra padding to Ruler shapes, who could use some help in the curve department. Triangles should also take note, as this piece is perfect for balancing a heavier lower half. The fresh, ivory color goes with everything, but we especially love the idea of wearing the sweater with a chambray shirt (collar on the outside), worn-in boyfriend jeans and flats. For a less casual look, opt for a dressy skirt, black tights and metallic pumps.
1. Tibi Chunky Knit Sweater, $295
2. Ann Taylor Bronze Animal Jacquard Skirt, $98
3. Charles by Charles David Pact Pump, $99
4. Tasha Faux Patent Box Clutch, $48
5. Henri Bendel Fireballs Stack Ring, $158 for set of three
It’s all about plaids this season, but instead of going all-out 90s with a flannel shirt or “Clueless”-worthy pleated miniskirt (as if!), try a more sophisticated take on the trend. This silk dress’s pattern and belt add body and definition to a Ruler shape, while an Hourglass can flaunt her curves thanks to an accentuated waist. Add some edge for a night out by loosening the bow and pairing with a moto vest and booties, or make it office appropriate with round-toe pumps, a satchel and faux-fur collar.
1. French Connection Fluid Silk Check Dress, $188
2. Ann Taylor Perfect Patent Leather Pumps, $128
3. Coach Legacy Haley Satchel With Strap, $398
4. Anthropologie Faux Fur Lavish Collar, $68
5. Blu Bijoux Large Gold Link Chain Bracelet, $28
Motorcycle-inspired looks are having a major moment—from jackets to jeans—but we love the vest interpretation of this trend. It’s lighter than a moto jacket and offers a variety of layering options during this rollercoaster-like weather. Rulers and Inverted Triangles can wear this over a white tank—when the weather permits—to spotlight trim and toned arms and have the option of wearing partially zipped, while Circles, Triangles and Hourglass shapes should leave the vest open so as not to draw attention to areas where the most weight is carried (stomach, hips and bust, respectively). All body types can temper a festive, patterned cocktail dress when it’s layered over a long-sleeve black tee and under the vest. Finish off your look with black booties and statement earrings. Tights optional.
1. Two by Vince Camuto Faux Leather Moto Vest, $149
2. Reiss Evie Nipped Waist Jacquard Dress, $370
3. James Perse Long-Sleeve Scoop Neck T-Shirt, $85
4. Sam Edelman Kenley Bootie, $185
5. House of Harlow Crystal-Encrusted Marquis Earrings, $45
Let’s hear it for the boys! Menswear-inspired suiting dominated the Fall 2013 runways, and what better way to jump on the trend than with a pair of autumnal- hued plaid pants? Ruler and Inverted Triangle shapes will benefit most from the pattern and pleats on these palazzo trousers. Circle, Hourglass, and Triangle shapes should opt for a flat-front style with a slimmer leg. So, go ahead, embrace your inner Annie Hall. Pair with a white oxford shirt (tucked in), solid wool vest and heeled loafers for a more literal—and work-worthy—approach, or wear with a chunky knit sweater, brown riding boots (pants tucked in), and a fedora for an English countryside vibe.
Denim button-downs have been a go-to for the last few seasons, and by now, you should definitely have embraced them. Ditch all of those cowboy connotations—the chambray shirt is undoubtedly urban-chic. Plus, it’s seasonless and is also the perfect layering piece. Circle and Inverted Triangles may want to wear one over a daytime dress for added warmth (and to cover arms or any back bulge). Ruler and Triangle shapes can go denim-on-denim and wear them tucked into faded boyfriend jeans or under a cashmere sweater (collar in or out) to add some extra weight to the upper half of the body. Complete the look with booties and a gold pendant necklace.
1. H&M Denim Shirt, $25
2. Gap Cashmere Sweater, $148
3. J Brand Aiden High-Rise Cropped Boyfriend Jeans, $218
4. C. Wonder Mid-Heel Chelsea Boot, $148 (Or try American Eagle Outfitters AEO Double Zip Suede Bootie, $70)
5. Kate Spade Gold Gramercy Pendant Necklace, $128
A longer hemline doesn’t have to read librarian. In fact, a below-the-knee skirt can be straight-up sexy. This season, a fuller silhouette is also in, so don’t let the extra fabric scare you away from trying the trend. The midi skirt is best for Rulers and Inverted Triangles, as the fabric folds and the A-line cut will add the illusion of more body on the bottom half—though Hourglass shapes can pull this off, too, as long as your top covers the hips. Circles and Triangles can go long in length, but should opt for a more streamlined midi-length pencil skirt instead. Wear it to work with a crisp, white blouse, cashmere sweater or schoolboy blazer and pumps, or on the weekend with a logo tee, moto vest, low black boots and leather gloves.
Dark, Slim Jeans
These are not your average jeans! With Seven’s new Slim Illusion technology, this ultra-slimming jean claims to make you feel at least one size smaller by using intense stretch and tighter construction, but it is not a legging. In English, they will suck you in through the hip and thigh—great news for Triangle and Hourglass shapes—but you won’t need to get them on and off with a shoehorn. The mid-rise cut will prevent unsightly muffin top (hello, Circles!), and a dark wash is universally flattering. Pair with a fashion tee, moto vest and black low-cut biker boots when the weather is mild, or wear with a chunky knit sweater or schoolboy blazer, an infinity scarf, and high-heeled oxfords when the mercury drops.
1. 7 For All Mankind Mid Rise Slim Illusion Slim Cigarette Jean, $198
2. Tibi Chunky Knit Sweater, $295
3. Tommy Hilfiger Brinley Platform Shooties, $129
4. Leith Two-Tone Shredded Infinity Scarf, $36
5. All Saints Ressia Beanie, $68
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