Layering is fall fashion 101. The weather is unpredictable, it can be chilly in the morning and sweltering by mid-afternoon, and once the temperature starts to drop everyone’s heating unit gets kicked into overdrive and it makes dressing in warm sweaters and thick pants even harder. So, let’s take a look at the most popular ways to layer on the runway from Fall 2018.
Cardigans are an easy way to bring summer and spring pieces into the fall, since they can be thrown on over a dress or blouse with ease. Ace & Jig plays with patterns by throwing a chevron cardigan over a geometric dress, while Anna Sui went for a very sixties style. Both Gucci and Elie Saab showed cardigans with mutton sleeves, keeping the statement sleeve style alive.
Create cardigans with these fabrics:
Dresses over Long Sleeve Shirts
Another great way to bring summer styles into the fall is by throwing dresses over long sleeves tops. Alexis Mabille and Balenciaga layer their dresses over high necklined tops for added warmth, perfect for a night on the town in late September. Fendi’s fur dress is juxtaposed beautifully with a professional looking blazer, while Alice + Olivia’s blazer dress is paired perfectly with a studded shirt.
Get dressed with these fabrics:
We’ve seen matching sets, but fall has seen an uptick in matching layers. Chanel’s tweed blazer and matching dress are perfect for blustery days in the city, while Commes des Garcons Commes des Garcons’s skirt and jacket look like the perfect fall traveling ensemble. Elizabeth and James utilized a tunic blouse and midi skirt for a sleek style, and Oscar de la Renta’s summery floral dress is forced into fall with a lovely floral trench.
Mix and match with these fabrics:
Mock necks are an excellent style for fall, keeping the wind chill at bay and are easily layered under blouses and dresses. Alberta Ferretti and Valentino both opt for the Victorian styles that have been oh so popular this year, perfect for fall as they tend to aim for full coverage. The Row shows a mock neck under a tailored suit, while Cienne features a striped dress with a mock neck that would pair beautifully with a rich green cardigan.
Mock up some tops with these fabrics:
Sheer Top Layers
Summer has come and gone, and I for one am left with a closet full of sheer tops and dresses that usually wouldn’t make the cut in the coming months. But, layering sheer top layers over opaque pieces is a great way to add texture and warmth to any ensemble. Alena Ackmadullina layers a sheer dress over a nude slip, while Dolce & Gabbana layer a mesh sweat suit over a pair of shorts and a bustier. Orla Kiely’s sheer dress is adorable with the floral bottom layer, and Stella McCartney’s lacy dress over a slip for an early fall look.
Get on top with these fabrics:
How will you be layering up this fall? Let me know in the comments!