Sweater weather is here, along with hats and scarves, boots and best of all cozy comfort. But don't be fooled, layering up is an art. A little thought and preparation can go a long way when it comes to wearing your entire closet. Layers are warm and visually interesting but extra bulk is not so we rounded up a few of our favorite layered, cozy weather styles to get some inspiration rolling for this time of year.
Boots, Boots, Boots!
With how much rain Chicago has seen in the past few days, a sturdy pair of rain boots are an absolute necessity. We love the bright accent color paired with a mostly black ensemble via Alexandra from Lovely Pepa. These Hunter boots steal the show with their unique hue and help keep feet dry. Layer up with tights or chunky knee socks to keep everything from your toes to your knees nice and toasty.
It's easy to dress monochromatically this time of year: just throw on some black and you are good to go. But with layers always try to keep texture in mind to spice up the dark hues and give a little visual interest to any plain black look. The statement hat and veil with a peekaboo fringed skirt pump up the drama for this look via Blair Eadie of Atlantic // Pacific.
If you're worried about swimming in your layers or getting lost beneath all the fabric, a cinched waist helps keep your shape intact as well as add a prim and proper appeal to the look. The color play between Kiana of Finch&Fawn's neutral maxi skirt and leather belt and boots creates the perfect fall palette, and really, who doesn't love stripes on top?
Leather and Lengths
An often forgotten aspect to a great layered look is length. You never want all your hemlines to fall at the same length or be too short or too long. This is why we love ChiCityFashion creator Jena Gambaccini's leather jacket and flowy tank combo. The different hemlines keep her look streamlined and sleek but oh so warm on those tricky sunny yet chilly November days.
This look from Jess of The Golden Girl encapsulates what this season's layered style is all about. A jean jacket with a statement scarf, an autumnal hued suede skirt and eye-catching boots all play nicely together to create the perfect Saturday shopping, Sunday morning brunching, fall leaf collecting, pumpkin carving ensemble. This look is versatile while a touch preppy and a true exemplifier of classic comfort for chillier weather.
Tights, Tights, Tights!
If you get cold, don't forget about tights. These slinky bad boys were made for this type of weather. Megan from Sparkles and Sprinkles shows off her gams in a garnet pair for the added hint of color beneath her cobalt blue look. With all the different tights available, whether patterned, sheer or opaque, this fall necessity can really alter the look and feel of any outfit.
Don't Forget About Your Jewels
One trend we are loving over at OSB - not seasonally restricted but whateves - is the layered jewelry vibe. Try it with different length necklaces to draw attention to your face and neck or throw on a cuff with bangles and bracelets of different hues. Either way, this is a surefire way to give any look, whether monochromatic or bohemian inspired, an added point of interest and street style glam.