The art of layering

Ah, fall: crisp mornings, warm days, cool nights. It’s bliss. But finding the perfect outfit to match the perfect weather can be tricky. Your objective: Stay warm but not too warm; bundle up without bulking up. Take our master class in layering so you can savour the season without looking like the Michelin Man.

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Office Chic

The office is the perfect place to celebrate the classics. A long vest will keep your body warm but can be easily shed to reveal a crisp, white blouse. You’ll want that option, because the office is inevitably too cold, then too hot...and then too cold again. Look for pieces you can quickly pull on and off without compromising your overall look.

Must-Have

A Mid-Weight Middle Layer

A versatile middle layer is a fall must but it has to be lightweight. Too much bulk and it’s difficult to move around; not enough bulk and you freeze.

"A grown-up is a child with layers on"
- Woody Allen -

Mom On
The Move

Moms are constantly being pulled in a million directions, so layering for this gal can be a challenge. Keep it cool and comfortable: a shoulder or cross-body bag so your hands are free, a comfy pair of jeans for moving around and a classic, dark blouse because, let’s face it, spills happen. Tie the look together with a wrap-coat and guarantee you can get out the door in a hurry.

Must-Have

A Big Ol' Blanket Scarf

The beauty of the blank scarf is its versatility, a must for moms. Breastfeeding cover? Check. Impromptu picnic blanket? Check. Style for miles? Check.

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"But every night come out these envoys of beauty and light the universe with their admonishing smile."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson -

From Day
To Night

You’ve been out all day and you’ve got evening plans but you don’t have time to change. That’s easy: Start with a white blouse but keep it cloaked in a blazer for added structure during the day. At night, ditch the blazer and amp up the look with bold accessories. Top it all off with a figure-flattering jacket. No one will ever know you left the house at 7 a.m.

Must-Have

A Versatile Jacket

A great coat can be hard to find. Look for one with options: You want something that can be worn open and loose, cinched at the waist and/or simply buttoned up.

"It is easy to decide on what is wrong to wear to a party, such as deep-sea diving equipment or a pair of large pillows, but deciding what is right is much trickier."
- Lemony Snicket -

Let's Party

There’s nothing worse than sweating all night because you’ve piled on too much. Instead of a few heavy layers, opt for several lightweight layers, such as a bold, patterned button-up underneath a long-sleeve sweater dress, and opaque tights. To get from point A to point B, toss a medium-weight coat on top.

Must-Have

A Bold Belt

As winter looms grey on the horizon, we could all use a pop of colour. And the simplest way to add some is with a punchy belt. Bonus: It will also keep all those layers neat and trim.