How to Layer for Fall Without Looking Like an Abominable Snowman

Outfit layering is kind of like Tetris: Not every item of
clothing is destined to fit together, but when you find a
particular combination that does, it looks seamless and feels
satisfying. The real challenge doesn’t necessarily lie in
determining a winning combination, however, but rather in
determining a whole slew of them–enough to make the most of your
wardrobe and prevent the often-inevitable turtleneck/pullover
sweater
/blazer rut. It takes some
experimentation
to achieve, especially when you’re striving
for that perfect “not too sparse, not too reminiscent of an
abominable snowman” middle ground.

I’ve given this a lot of thought, parsing through the
mechanics of layering with a Confucian sensibility, and I’ve
landed on eight specific combinations that seem to check all the
boxes when it comes to fit, proportions, depth, warmth, and
aesthetic appeal. Scroll down below for my full rundown–an
eight-course autumnal mixology menu of layering ideas to use as
fodder next time you’re approaching rut territory.

1) The Hors d’Oeuvre: Turtleneck +
Blazer +
Quilted
Jacket

YOU HAVE ARRIVED! At the first licks of autumn, at the dinner
party, at your first chance to layer it up after months of
literally sweating it out. So. You get a bit impulsive. You layer a
turtleneck
(duh) under a blazer under a
quilted
jacket
–the stylistic equivalent of something you might pluck
from a proffered silver tray before the person holding it has a
chance to tell you what it is, but no matter, it’s not about
conventions, it’s about gut instinct, and your gut is telling you
to pair two forms of fitted outerwear together.

2) The Bread Basket: Ruffly Collar
Blouse
+
Jean Jacket
+
Trench Coat

Pretzel, olive, French, foccacia, whole wheat, or brioche? The
inherent problem with bread baskets if that by the time they’re
set down on the table, you’re getting hungry enough to want one
of each even though you’re well-aware that might spoil your
impending dinner. Fortunately, because the desire to “have it
all” has no repercussions when it comes to layering (minus the
occasional overheating incident), you have full permission to wear
your favorite fall staples simultaneously, right on top of each
other. Just don’t forget to un-tuck your ruffly collar so it
can thrive in true pumpkin spice Shakespeare glory.

3) The Amuse Bouche: Zip-Up + Cardigan

The amuse bouche is where you, the chef (of outfits), are
inclined to get wild. It’s just a bite, after all–a taste of
something intended to amuse. To surprise! To delight. So why not
execute on this mission by way of an extraneous zipper? The ideal,
unexpected crunch that seemingly transforms the whole thing out of
nowhere. Finish things off with a cardigan because there is no more
celebratory frame for what’s going on south of your chin.

4) The Appetizer:
T-Shirt
+ Turtleneck Sweater

You’re probably getting a little full at this point, which is
completely understandable when you load up on layers at the first
sign of a crunchy leaf, so consider the light layer medley that is
a T-shirt under a turtleneck sweater. There are no extraneous
jackets or butters or coats involved in this delicate array of
sartorial lettuces, so you can nibble at the thrill of layering
without overdoing it.

5) The Palate Cleanser: Turtleneck +
Dress
+
Vest

Layering’s parallel to a spoonful of citrus-flavored sorbet is
undoubtedly a turtleneck
under a dress
under a
vest
. Basic enough to execute on a whim, simple enough to sooth
the soul, but with the zest that only an unexpected layer like a
vest (!) can introduce to your outfit’s palette.

6) The Entrée: Turtleneck +

Crewneck Sweater
+ Cardigan

You really have to be in the zone to prepare yourself for this
double whammy–the “cauliflower prepared two ways” of fall
layering, if you will: double knitwear worn over a turtleneck, a.k.a. fashion’s mashed
potato equivalent. The epitome of fireplace-sitting, apple-picking
coziness, this combo will swaddle you emotionally and physically at
the same time. A protein boost for the ages.

7) The Dessert:
Button-Down
+ Boatneck Sweater

By the time your dessert course rolls around, otherwise known as
late autumn, you’re probably hankering for the true contrast in
flavor that something sweet can bring to the table. It doesn’t
have to be complicated, but to satisfy the craving, it does have to
be different, so how about… a
button-down
instead of a turtleneck? And a boatneck instead of
crew? That’s the stuff.

8) The After-Dinner Mint: T-Shirt + Dickie +
Overcoat

Would you look at that? It’s the end of the meal that is fall
and approaching December and you’re looking for something to melt
in your mouth and shake you out of your impending winter stupor.
The answer is a trend that lies out of your typical comfort zone
but could very well be the precise thing that gets you in the mood
for all the layering yet to come: a DICKIE!!!!!!! Or,
for the uninitiated, a bib for grownups. Not only do they look cool
simply layered over a shirt
or for that juicy knight-of-the-roundtable aesthetic, but they also
function well under a
coat
when you want to cultivate the appearance of a turtleneck
whilst still maintaining plenty of bicep breathing room.

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Photographer: Sabrina Santiago
Stylist: Harling Ross
Market:  Elizabeth Tamkin
Models: Alvina Bokhari at Anti-Agency, Victoria
Gomez at Jag,
Eva Evans at Noni
Agency
, & Giannina Oteto at No
Agency.

Hair: Sergio Estrada
Makeup Artist: Rachael Krutchkoff
Stylist Assistant: Share C Koech

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