It's not exactly chilly outside yet, but we still can't help but lust after all the sweaters, coats and tights that are filling store window displays. Though we'll be in bare legs and miniskirts for almost another month, we're having heady daydreams about print mixing and suffocating combinations of shirts under sweaters under jackets under coats that just can't be ignored.
To that end, we present five great bets for fall layering--stuff you can wear alone in the next few months, then pile on when the real cold sets in.
First up is this Marni Neon Orange Cape ($177). Throw this over a sweater, cocktail dress, or even a blazer for an unexpected layer of cool, plus score major points for hitting the unstoppable neon trend without breaking the bank.
For a flawless "wear it now, layer it later" piece, look no further than LNA's Cutout Back Dress ($176). As is, it's your go-to weekend dress; with a crisp white collared shirt or striped top underneath, it's totally workplace worthy.
The dress is also a stellar foreground for this Carven Cropped Sweater ($585). With its shorter length and playful hem, this sweater offers you maximum mileage out of whatever you layer underneath (we recommend funky plaid or a mid-calf dress for a dynamic silhouette).
For this season's most stylish layering workhorse, we turn to the boys with Rag & Bone's Men's Deck Jacket ($795). Its subtle plaid makes for endless chic print-mixing options, and its perfect weight means it'll look killer as a topcoat or under your puffiest downcoat come winter. Order in the smallest size for a boxy, (literal) stolen-from-the-boys feel.
Last but not least is a little layering sass for your legs. Like the Rag & Bone jacket, these Missoni Knee Socks ($66) have the kind of low-key pattern that makes for easy but aesthetically intriguing layering. With a miniskirt in September they're a fine statement accessory; with a miniskirt in tights in November, you'll look like being warm is just a coincidence.