5 Layered Looks for Autumn Outfits

Posted on July 30 2019

Autumn is nearly upon us! The leaves on the trees are starting to change and the steamy hot of summer is fading into breezy days and brisk nights. Soon, swimming, beach tanning, and ice cream will be replaced by camping, bonfires and smores. The changing weather calls for a change in your wardrobe as well. But, before you start boxing up your summer clothes, let’s take a look at how you can use those clothes to create a layered look with sweaters, tops worn under cardigans, and others that prepare you for crisp days and can easily transition you into a chilly autumn evening.

Girl in flower dress

Cardigans & Hoodies

Zip up, button down, and pullover cardigans and hoodies are a classic staple. An oversized hoodie can cover just about any shirt you wear and leave you in a world of soft comfort. Cardigans are a flattering yet modest way to add visual appeal to your outfits. Try pairing a zip-up cardigan with a tank top. Zip it halfway for an in-between look. Tops to wear under cardigans can include anything that doesn’t have too much material and fits naturally with an extra layer on.


Achieving a layered look with sweaters is easy and will carry you all the way through autumn to winter. Round, scoop, and v-neck sweaters pair perfectly with a button down, collared blouse. A nice sharp collar adds sophistication to plain sweaters. Don’t be afraid to let the bottom of your blouse to hang down below your sweater for that layered look. A blouse made with a rounded bottom will look just fine like this. V-neck sweaters are perfect for letting your base layer shirt show through.

Girl in a striped sweater

Classic Flannel Shirts

Not everyone wants to rock an old school flannel shirt, and you may even see images of mountain men. Flannel shirts are popular these days with women when paired with a tank top or t-shirt. Wear your flannel open, to show your shirt beneath, button it halfway, or if you really get chilly you can button it all the way up. Break out of the box and find flannel shirts in new colors, not just the classic red affair. Layered looks with sweaters, flannels, and cardigans are the perfect complement to your autumn outfit.


We’ve given you some ideas for tops, now let’s talk about bottoms. Jeans have been the go-to for years, but now we can add leggings and yoga pants. Layering leggings into your fall outfit can be quite an eye catcher. One of our favorite options is to use leggings with shorts or skirts. For a laid back, casual-chic look, add a pair of tennis shoes. Or, you can add a pair of calf-high or knee-high boots to your ensemble. Layer that look with a sweater and you’re good to go!


Layered looks with sweaters, hoodies, and leggings are great for autumn outfits, but the layering doesn’t have to stop with clothes! Accessories add pizzazz and dazzle to your look. You can start with jewelry. Earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and rings will help elevate and inspire any outfit. Stick with the classic metals of gold, silver, and rose gold, or throw a little more color into the mix with acrylic and semi-precious stone pieces. Acrylic jewelry is often lighter in weight, so you can think bigger without being weighed down by bulky earrings.

But let’s not forget about purses, tote bags, and scarves! Depending on your personal style and the occasion, you may want a big tote bag to carry everything you will need for a day at work or while running errands, or you may want a little purse for evenings out with the family or friends. Whatever you need, you can find new styles that match your autumn outfit. And, when I say scarves, you may be thinking about a wool cloth wrapped tightly around your neck in winter, a layered look for holiday sweaters, but scarves can be small, made of lightweight materials, and be the perfect accent for a ponytail, worn like a choker necklace, or even as a bracelet or anklet.

Ponytail Scarf

The beginning of autumn can be a tricky time to decide what to wear. Days can still be hot, while the nighttime cools down into goosebump weather. Mosquitos and other bitey bugs are hanging around waiting for the sunset, too. Layered looks with sweaters, leggings, and tops worn under cardigans protect you and keep you comfortably warm. Find your layering styles before the season is in full swing!


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