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7 Essential (and Unexpected) Layering Tips

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No offense to our sundresses and sandals, but we’re pretty sure fall is our favorite style season. When you’re not trying to wear as little clothing as possible (without getting fired), there’s not much room for experimentation. But when the temperatures drop? Time to pile on the layers and play with texture, shape and color. We turned to Micaela Erlanger, a celebrity stylist (Michelle Dockery and Lupita Nyong’o are clients), to get her top layering tips for the season.

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1. Invest in body-con pieces.

Every woman should own a Wolford bodysuit. They’re expensive, but worth it—they’re body hugging and great for layering under sweaters, vests and jackets. Uniqlo also makes great tanks and tees that are perfect for layering. Body-con pieces won’t get bulky under fall’s thick fabrics. Most importantly, wearing body-con pieces under your outfit will keep you warm.

2. Embrace the turtleneck.

In Dior’s FW15 show, they did sparkly turtlenecks under dresses. You can put them under spring clothes to transition them into fall. My favorite is J. Crew’s tissue-thin version.

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3. Let your slip show.

I love pairing a lace slip underneath a knit dress to have it peek out. There’s something really romantic about that.

4. Play with texture.

Layering textures is all about mixing hard with soft: for example, pair leather with fur or lace, or sequins with sweaters. That dichotomy is beautiful. Saint Laurent did these great fluffy mohair sweaters for this season with sequin detailing, which I loved. I’d just throw a moto jacket over that to add some edge.

5. Use accessories to add interest.

I love scarves. Zara has great ones that are soft and fluffy, and look expensive. They complete any outfit. I always buy gorgeous, colored gloves in an opera- or driving-glove length. I love accessories like hats or gloves that add soft furry bits to your look. Cold-weather accessories don’t have to be expensive, but they pull everything together and make for a great punctuation to your look.

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6. Play with prints.

When you’re mixing prints, there are two rules to keep in mind—stay with similar color families and mix big prints with fine prints (for example, a big tartan plaid with a dainty Liberty floral). I love camouflage mixed with floral, dots with stripes and dots with houndstooth.

7. Choose streamlined silhouettes.

To keep your layers from bulking up your shape, start with body-con pieces on the bottom. Because fall’s fabrics are naturally heavier, go for streamlined shapes. Play with proportion, pairing chunky sweaters with something tailored on the bottom, like a leather legging.

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