As fall approaches, soon we’ll be in the market to stock up on new boots, coats and sweaters. These must-have pieces are wardrobe staples but also play a starring role in layering, a key part of staying warm and chic for the season. From combining unexpected items together to discovering the perfect combo for effortless style, these eight pieces will help you master the art of layering.

Ann Taylor

A classic white shirt like this one from Ann Taylor will go the distance when it comes to layering. Pop it on under your fave slip dress so you can continue to wear it well into fall.


Give your summer dresses and jumpsuits a second life by throwing a blazer on top. This baby pink double-breasted version from Aritzia is modern, chic and goes with everything.

Banana Republic

A one-and-done jumpsuit is a wardrobe workhouse worth investing in. Wear this red hot sleeveless one from Banana Republic into fall and beyond by pairing a turtleneck or long-sleeve underneath.

Club Monaco

Take this Club Monaco skirt into the fall season by subbing out your mules for ankle boots and your tank for a cozy knit sweater. 


A denim jacket is a layering essential. This one from H&M has a detachable fuzzy collar making it perfect to throw on when the temperature dips and can even be worn under your winter jacket for additional warmth. 

Michael Kors

A shirt dress goes with everything, from knee high boots to your fave blue jeans. Basically, there’s no wrong way to layer with a shirt dress and this one from Michael Kors gives any outfit a feminine edge.

Massimo Dutti

Nothing says fall like a comfy, cozy sweater. This printed argyle one from Massimo Dutti pairs well with denim, dresses and pretty much anything you already have in your closet.

Urban Outfitters

A fitted turtleneck sweater, like this one from Urban Outfitters, is the starting point of any stylish fall ensemble. If you’re stuck on what to wear, layer it under a slip dress, jumpsuit or a leather jacket for an instant update.

Emily MacCulloch

Emily MacCulloch is a freelance fashion and beauty writer, editor, custom content creator and trained makeup artist. Formerly at Glow magazine, she also worked in the makeup biz of film, television and editorial for six years prior to turning her focus to writing.