13 Essentials to Layer Up (Without Bulking Up) This Fall

13 Essentials to Layer Up (Without Bulking Up) This Fall
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Now that it’s getting colder, getting dressed in the morning takes a little more thought. Gone are the 80 degree-mornings of summer where a sundress and sandals were all you needed. Looking chic and staying warm without bulking up requires a creative eye, balance of fabric weight, and just the right pieces.

Luckily, layering is a big trend for fall. To help get you ready, we’ve pulled together the essential pieces you need to rock the look, offering tips and tricks for putting together on-point, yet practical, looks for the season.

Still loving some of your summery dresses or short-sleeved tops? Slinky, close-fitting jersey tees and turtlenecks can help you with the weather transition (just slip one on underneath!) and offer a pop of color or contrast that was popular on fall 2013 runways. Silky button downs feel luxurious close to the skin and look polished peaking out of oversized sweaters—we’re loving this look in white on white.

When it comes to jackets and coats, you can’t go wrong with a dramatic, oversized style. Paired with a slim trouser or legging, this shape offers a little glamour and is perfect for layering over knits. Feeling even more bold? Try layering prints into your look.

Check out our slideshow to see how easy it is to build key layering pieces into your look!

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Click through the slideshow to see some key essentials we've chosen to build key layering pieces into your look!

Hop on the oversized bandwagon while still maintaining a dose of sex appeal with this topper, our match for your layered sweater combo. Synthetic Patent Leather Studio Jacket; $199; at zara.com

Cozy and oversized, this knit is the perfect middle layer. Ribbed Sweater; $79; at zara.com

Salmon, cotton candy, bubblegum—all shades of pink are one of the colors of the season. Layer this polished blazer over your dress for added warmth and a professional slant. Blazer with Button in Pink; $99; at zara.com

This ultimate wardrobe staple is a multitasking powerhouse—we love it layered under a chunky white knit for monochrome look. Brett Bright White Shirt; $198; at equipmentfr.com

These leggings will be our go to all season long, added under longer knits and even dresses. Y.A.S. Coated Leggings; $67.50; at asos.com

With unexpected cropped sleeves and a delicate neckline, this soft sweater is an excellent choice for layering over blouses and finer knits. Nios Navy Melange Sweater; $340; at shop.acnestudios.com

Sneak a shot of mustard at your neckline and stay cozy with this lean layer under your dresses. Turtleneck Sweater in Blue; $16.90; at zara.com

A perfect foundation piece to dress up or down for fall, this jersey dress is chic on its own or layered over a body suit or tee. Jersey Dress with Silk Georgette Overlay in Indigo; $315; at alexanderwang.com

Sometimes struggle with how to put it all together? Take out the guesswork and get the look built in with this gorgeously drapey combination jacket. Cut25 Leather Trim Crepe Jacket; $458; at shopcondor.com

Layering doesn't just have to be for your bod - we dig combining rings or bracelets for a piled on look. House of Harlow 1960 Sparkling Marquis Ring; $38; at shopbob.com and Gorjana Infinity II Ring; $36; at shopbop.com

No woman’s closet should be without at least one pair of Wolfords—without a doubt some of the softest, most durable hosiery on the market. Velvet de Luxe 66 Tights in Admiral; $45; at wolfordshop.com

We can’t help but swoon at the amazing print layering happening at Kenzo this season. This flirty sweater/skirt combo is too fun and works well paired with knits. Kenzo Cotton Blend Embroidered Sweatshirt; $420; at stylebob.com and Kenzo Ribbon-Embroidered Neoprene Skirt; $1,291; at matchesfashion.com

Before stepping out the door, treat yourself to the ultimate final layer with a whisper of fragrance. Our new favorite scent is an energizing mix of floral and citrus. Honey Marc Jacobs; $92; at ulta.com

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