Layer essentials to accompany you through fall and winter
Autumn is in full swing and winter is just around the corner. When it comes to dressing, the time of year is all about layering.
Layering is one of the most useful strategies for dressing fashionably while remaining comfortable. I find the weather can be particularly temperamental in the Falls with cold mornings and hot afternoons, so layer yourself to make sure you're comfortable when the weather is fickle. And when winter comes, you definitely need all the layers you can get!
Layering is an art that is easy to temporarily forget during the hot summer months. But now that it's fall with winter fast approaching, we're starting to think about how to layer your clothes.
When it comes to layering, I usually use the 3-layer method:
- Base layer - a light layer like a tank top or t-shirt
- Mid layer - a warm layer like a sweater or cardigan
- Outer layer - an outer protective layer like a coat or jacket
10 layering essentials for fall and winter
- blazer - mid / outer layer
- short cardigan - mid layer
- long cardigan - mid layer
- turtleneck - base layer
- shacket - mid / outer layer
- leather jacket - mid / outer layer
- sweater dress - mid layer
- tank top - base layer
- t-shirt - base layer
- scarf - outer layer
Must have the essentials of layering for fall and winter
1. The blazer
Blazers are a wardrobe staple and a staple of layering. They can be worn over a button down shirt, t-shirt, turtlenecks and even sweaters.
Even though they're considered a jacket, the blazer doesn't always have to be the top layer, especially as things start to get cold. They can easily be layered under a coat for extra warmth and are often a great way to add color and texture to a fall or winter ensemble.
2. The short cardigan
Cropped cardigans are one of the most versatile pieces you've ever owned. You can wear them almost all year round and it's the perfect layering. They make an intermediate piece that can go over dresses, camisoles to keep your comfort.
2. The long cardigan
Just like the short cardigan, the long cardigan is a piece made for layering. I think the short cardigan and the long cardigan are such good basics that it is convenient to have both in your wardrobe.
You can easily wear long cardigans over t-shirts, blouses, dresses and more. Plus, I love how the extra length gives you extra warmth.
4. The turtle neck
Turtlenecks are one of my favorite layering essentials for the fall and winter months. It's a must-have base layer that offers a lot of versatility.
My most worn item last winter was probably a white knit turtleneck. I wore it under my dresses, alone with jeans, it's such a simple but chic piece!
5. The Shacket
The shacket, yes that's a dreadful name, but a great layering piece. Both shirt and jacket, the shacket seems to be everywhere this season!
As well as being a fashionable piece, it is a versatile mid / outer layer. The shacket is a layering essential that is warm enough to wear on its own, but thin enough to tuck under a coat, which makes it fantastic for layering.
On warmer days, try wearing it open over a classic t-shirt. Then when it's cooler, you can start layering it up with turtlenecks and long-sleeved shirts, and for extra warmth, pull on a cozy scarf.
6. The leather jacket
For me, the motorcycle jacket is synonymous with fall fashion. It's a classic wardrobe staple that never seems to go out of style, plus it's a great layering piece. You can wear it as an outerwear on warmer days, but also as a mid layer once it starts to get colder.
My favorite way to wear leather jackets is to layer summer dresses to make them more wearable in the fall. Plus, they add that cool factor to almost any outfit.
7. The sweater dress
Sweater dresses are one of my favorite pieces to feel great in fall and winter, and they're a great layering essential. They are generally very comfortable because they are knitted and are great for keeping you warm!
I love to wear sweater dresses with tights or OTK boots and then put on a fur coat. They would also look great with a motorcycle jacket, trench coat or woolen coat!
8. The camisole
Camisoles make a great base layer to wear in layers under your sweaters and tops. And also a great way to keep wearing some of your summer camisoles and tank tops until fall. Plus, they add a layer of warmth to your outfit, as sweaters can sometimes be a bit airy.
9. The Classic Crew T-shirt
The classic crewneck tee is a wardrobe staple for many reasons besides being a great layering item. On its own, it's great for the warmer seasons, and when the weather starts to get colder, it's a great base layer.
If you're interested in different ways to style a classic t-shirt, check out this style article at how to style a t shirt for your work at home!
My favorite crew t-shirt is this one from Uniqlo and this is the one I'm wearing in the photos above. It's super affordable at just $ 15, but it's also amazingly high quality. It stays soft during washes and holds its shape very well over time. It's such a classic and flattering fit too, where it's not boxy and but not too tight, either.
10. The scarf
Scarves are a great layering piece to add a little something to any outfit while keeping you warm. Blanket scarves are ideal to wear as a shawl and around the neck. I also love a good chunky knit scarf that adds texture and that comfy factor to any outfit.
What are your favorite layering essentials for fall and winter?
Let me know in the comments below!
Your brand is unique and so is the audience you are targeting. For and apparel, interior style, beauty, and other similar industries, a lookbook should be created as a high-end representation of what your is offering. Lookbooks are a great visualization tool for showing off your brand, building a crowd of loyal ambassadors, and generating excitement for your upcoming spring or fall product line.
What is a Lookbook ? Firstly, it’s important we define what a lookbook actually is. According to Wikipedia : A lookbook is a gamme of photographs compiled to show off a model, photographer, style, stylist, or clothing line. Usually, bloggers or vloggers will ' model ' fashionable looks for that month or season. This gives viewers ideas on how to style outfits, or to show what the latest fashions are.
While this definition mainly focuses on the fashion and apparel industry, it can be applied to all other industries creating seasonal product lines. No matter the industry, lookbooks generally have a consistent ' look ' to them. Unlike a catalog that displays pricing and generally contains a more complete display of all available products, lookbooks are more artistic and selective. They contain large, high-quality photographs with minimal text that reinforce the brand and vibe of the product line. Refer to the chart below for the main differences between lookbook and catalog printing.
Professional photography is a must for lookbooks. Each product photo should be modeled in a way that shows its functionality or appeal to the potential customer. For example, an apparel lookbook should be able to reveal the fit, texture, and benefits of the piece of clothing easily in one image. to make the desired effet, the lighting and photography equipment used by professional photographers will be necessary. Cell phone photos will likely not cut it for a lookbook.
You should also note the word “model” in the Wikipedia definition above as lookbooks should go beyond standard boring product imagery and really expel excitement in the product. This is where photography will play a essentiel role in producing a quality lookbook. Think large photos with empowering subjects. Think of your lookbook as someone’s actual daily life and create those lifestyle shots that make a connection. For this reason, it’s important to find a model that mirrors the same qualities of the gamme.
The photographer should acknowledge the season of the lookbook as well. As lookbooks go, they are usually focused on either winter, spring, summer or fall gammes. Engaging with the seasonality of the clothing will make it easier for the end-user to relate to the product, which leads to more sales. If you’re a small brand or limited on budget, spending dollars for a talented photographer will be worth it !
It’s important that your brand is well represented in the lookbook as well. Your logo should be seen in several of the images on the clothing or product. It should be subtle and not overwhelming when using the logo within the pages. However, at the beginning or end of the lookbook it is recommended that the brand be prominent. Adding your logo or mission statement in the front of the book can help set the stage as the user flips through the pages. Your brand should be positively reinforced through the professionalism of the photographs, layout style, and products themselves.
Most lookbooks are a standard 8. 5x11 which makes it easy to portray standing or réactive models. The photos should take up most of the page with the text out of the way. Don’t be afraid to keep it SIMPLE. The product you are selling is the most important element on the page and should attract the whole attention of the reader. Placing a model photo on the left side page complemented by close-ups of the clothing is a great way to display the gamme.
With our free photo book maker, designing your lookbook is extremely easy ! Once you have your images, all you have to do is upload them and drag and drop them into premade photo layout templates ! Or, to knock out two birds with one stone, you can : 1. Upload your lookbook images into a Facebook photo album for some easy social media advertising. 2. Start a Lookbook design on the Photo Book Maker, select a theme, connect to your Facebook, and select the lookbook photos ! These will be placed into the theme’s layout, and your Lookbook will be done in minutes !
Once your lookbook is designed and it’s time to order, there are more things to consider before placing your order. Below we have listed our recommended product specifications for lookbooks : Binding : Perfect BoundPerfect binding is the ideal option for lookbooks because they are our most professional binding option. Not only do they appear crisp and professional, you can print on the spine ! This means that you can add the product line name, season, and year to the spine for easy book shelf navigation. We also offer saddle stitch, spiral, and wire-o bound books if perfect binding doesn’t seem like the right fit for you.
Lookbooks should have a cohesive look. The selection of models and their styles should be aligned with what the brand wants to communicate their target group. When choosing the theme for the lookbook, design it around the emotions and vibe that the client wants to convey.
With clothing line photos, focus on how the person wearing the clothes will appear and the quality and details on the clothing. Full body shots will let potential customers visualize how they’ll look wearing the clothes. And to emphasize the details and quality of the products, you can take images that are up-close using tight focal lengths like 50mm, 85mm, or even 100mm.