Don't "Get" Layering? Here's What You Need To Know

Everything you know about getting dressed? It's time to toss it out the (closet) door. Sure, you've been picking out your outfits one pair of pants at a time since you were a munchkin, but we bet you aren't as well-versed in the art of creative layering as you could be. There's so much more to piling on the pieces than that collared-shirt-under-a-sweater combo you've done and dusted; a quick scan through Instagram will prove as much. Sure, learning to pair a skirt over pants may seem next-level, but at the end of the day, what's layering, really, but popping clothes over more clothes?

From simple swaps of a sweater to understanding exactly which colors work best together, we're here to help you face all the stages of layering head-on. Ahead, we'll introduce you to every level — from beginner to super-advanced — to help inspire your best looks. Let these tips and tricks be a guide as you develop your own set of out-of-the-box layering techniques.
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The Simple Sweater Under A Jumpsuit
For layering beginners, introduce your favorite summer wear to some chillier temperatures. Simply pop a turtleneck under a jumpsuit (straps or no straps) for a simple (but dynamic) look. To achieve a clean, non-frumpy silhouette, opt for a sweater that's slim in fit and has long sleeves to help keep you warm.

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Cut-Out Crepe Jumpsuit, $714 $572, available at Bagheera; H&M Glittery Turtleneck Sweater, $34.99, available at H&M; Topshop Borg Fold-Over Backpack, $60, available at Topshop; Steven Alan Optical Agnes Sunglasses, $165, available at Steven Alan.
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The Two-Coat Trick
Your internal thermostat is going to thank you for this one. The idea might seem simple, but it's all about the execution. Feel free to play with differing coat lengths, but pay close attention to shoulder fits: Choosing a non-structured shoulder for the inner coat is what will save this trick from looking too bulky. Keep everything underneath flat, as well. Two coats means there's no need for a chunky sweater, so opt for a thin tee and slim-fitting pants, instead.

Zara Long Handmade Studio Coat, $199, available at Zara; Wilfred Free Albertan Coat, $350 $199, available at Aritzia; Camp Collection Camp Contraband Tee, $48, available at Camp Collection; Alexander Wang Trap Boot-Cut Cropped Jean, $275, available at Alexander Wang; Topshop Avocado '60s Back Zip Ankle Boots, $135, available at Topshop.
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The Visible Bra
Think of this trick as altheisure 2.0. Take a page from your dance classes of the past and pop a high-neck sports bra under an off-the-shoulder sweater. The trick here lies in updating your ratty, stretched-out crewneck and replacing it with a chic fold-over sweater. Switch out your neon toned sports bras, too, for one that's more bralette like in a simple, muted color.

Abercrombie & Fitch Active Mesh Bra $30 $15, available at Abercrombie & Fitch; Acne Studios Daze Mohair Dark Grey Melange, $450, available at Acne Studios; Mango Cropped Palazzo Trousers, $79.99, available at Mango; & Other Stories Shimmery Socks, $12, available at & Other Stories; Camper Beluga, $195 $135, available at Camper.
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The Shirt & Sweater Switch-Up
Flip the sweater-shirt-combo on its head by wearing your blouse atop your favorite sweater. To master this trick, start with a solid foundation — like a neutral turtleneck and a leather pencil skirt — then layer a printed sleeveless shirt over it. This will keep the cool pattern front and center. Punch up the understated look with a chic houndstooth overcoat to double the prints.
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The Yes-You-Can-Wear-A-Skirt-Over-Pants Technique
A skirt over pants is easy. A skirt over wide-legged pants? Now we're talking style risks. The key to this layering trick is to choose bottoms of the same tone; we've paired a mini pencil skirt over culottes with a cinched waist. To balance things out, keep the top fit slim with a plain sweater that evens out the ensemble without drawing the eye away.

Chic Wish Retro Turtleneck Sweater in White $69.90 $59.42, available at Chic Wish; Jigsaw Wool Wrap Skirt, $138, available at John Lewis; J.Crew Double-Serge Wool Culotte, $178, available at J.Crew; Trademark Patent Trench Coat, $598 $358.80, available at Trademark; Zara High Heel Denim Ankle Boots, $69.90, available at Zara.
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