10 Layering Essentials Your Fall Wardrobe Needs

Fall took an extraordinarily long time to get to Hong Kong. As we gladly welcome November and its cold-weather dress code, fall dressing is often a battle of form versus function. In most cases, function takes the lead.

One of my favorite things about the season is layering. The weather sometimes switches between briskly cold and weirdly warm, so being able to strip off or throw on a layer comes in handy. From dresses over jeans to coats over jackets, it is important to consider thickness and texture so you won’t feel bulky or unflattering. I apologize for making your new-season shopping list even longer with these stylish layers:

1. Trench Midi Shirtdress from Seoul Fashion

The trick to pulling off the daring midi dress-over-jeans combination is to opt for clean separates in neutral hues. Why not start with skinny jeans and a fitted top as the base before topping it off with this flowy frock? The pockets and cinched-in waist provide just the right amount of details.

2. Orange Shearling Jacket from Envy Look

Two different shades complement each other in this cute shearling coat that proves orange has staying power beyond Halloween. Just like pairing black boots with LBDs, why not do the same with orange? Going tonal is the easiest way to layer bright colors, as you don’t have to worry about what matches what. This sweet coral midi neatly completes the ensemble.

3. Oversized Lavender Sweater from Miamasvin

Following millennial pink, lavender may very well be the color of now, judging by its newfound popularity with the street style crowd. You’ll see the color everywhere. If you don’t want to wear a full-on purple look yet, mix it with other colors. The proportion play of an oversized sweater over a crisp white button-down or fitted neutral turtleneck would help these basic pieces reach new heights.

4. Tailored Yellow Wrap Skirt from LIPHOP

In terms of layering, the tailored A-line skirt is one of the most functional pieces of clothing out there, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be the center of attention! It actually serves as a very good base for adding on colors. I say ditch the basic neutrals for something with more wow factor like this vivid yellow edition.

5. Color-Block Sweater Dress from Cherryville

In addition to being an excellent base to be worn under a jacket, this tonal color-block knit dress is a comfortable staple you can wear to holiday parties. You can even add a flowy trench coat on top. Double the outerwear, double the fun!

6. Oversized Denim Jacket from NANING9

I’m getting this insouciant denim jacket as a throw-on-and-go statement topper so I don’t have to seek warmth from a thick jacket. Wear yours unbuttoned or like a cape depending on your mood, and add a chunky cardigan underneath when the weather isn’t nice.

7. Paperbag-Waist Plaid Midi Skirt from DDADDADDA

For a twist on classic suiting, wear a paperbag waist skirt (In plaid, no less!). Stick to streamlined separates on top. Thanks to its demure midi length, the layer will stave off the coat, while the overall effect is sleek and polished.

8. Chucky Scarf with Plaid Panels from mimi&didi

The scarf is like frosting on a cupcake. Even the jackets are up for a little layering action with scarfs. I’d style my trusty beige blazer underneath this plaid scarf for ultimate coziness. Just be sure to balance out the volume on top with skinny bottoms.

9. Block-Heel Suede Sock Boots from chuu

You’ll notice more and more sock boots this season. Characterized by a long shaft and snug fit, they help make a statement in everyday layered looks. This neutral suede pair features a chunky block heel and is crafted in butter-soft fabric that wraps around the ankles like a glove.

10. Heeled White Boots from LIPHOP

Layering is a practical way to reuse favorite summer dresses to add warmth. Versatile and always in style, I find stark white boots the perfect footwear to style them with. Just complete the look with a shearling or denim jacket. The show-stopping heel will give the look some major oomph!