I'm going to go ahead and state the obvious here: fall weather brings two things to mind:
1.) Spiced beverages steaming out of big, hand-warming cups
2.) and thick, cozy sweaters
I want you to look down at what you're wearing right now- just put down the cup of tea and give your front a quick glance. Chances are you're wearing some form of sweater right now, am I right? Maybe a little fisherman number, or perhaps a chunky wool cardigan? Some form or other.
Having said that, I understand it can be extremely easy to fall into that lazy sweater trap. You roll out of bed and as you shuffle your way to the closet you can practically hear the frost trailing its icy fingers across your window- taunting you. Trying to keep the panic at bay, you get into your jeans, wool socks, and cable knit as quickly as possible, letting pneumonia know it won't get you that day. I live in the Midwest- trust me when I say I feel you. And trust me when I say that its usually instinct to go into survival mode and push fashion to the back of your mind.
But we're forgetting one thing here: layers. You don't need to give up your lazy sweater choices. You just need to jazz them up a bit so the rest of us just think you tried this morning. And what's my go-to layering move right now to spice up these cable knits and fisherman sweaters?
Easy: summery, lacy tops.
Sounds counter-intuitive, am I right? That's exactly why it works so well. The secret to moving your outfit from a good outfit and upgrading it into an amazing outfit is playing with a little juxtaposition. You have a thick, heavy material? Play it up by piling on some lace in delicate colors underneath. It's unexpected and completely charming. And here's another quick tip: to make the bottom look full and extra peplum-y, layer two lace/crochet shirts on top of each other, giving you more texture and volume to work with. This only works if the tops are either 1) asymmetrical or 2) different lengths. So go ahead- give it a go :)
PS: Want more fall layering inspiration? Check out a few of these other posts: Layering 101: 10 Tips on How to Layer for Fall, Layering 101: 10 Layering Ideas for Fall, and Layering 101: Transitioning Summer Pieces into Fall
I'm curious- what was your most genius fall layering move to date? Come on and inspire us :)
PPS: I got featured on Gentri Lee's Know Your Style feature today- come check it out and learn how I get my styling inspiration!
SWEATER: stolen from brother (vintage similar: here in white, here in white, here in white)
JEANS: American Apparel
LACE TOPS: Urban Outfitters (store similar: here (only $14!), here (only $20!) | vintage similar: here)
BACKPACK: c/o La Polue Noire
NECKLACES: Urban Outfitters and Cocorrina