There are more than a few ways to carry off a cozy Fall look. Thanks to faux fur, coats, comfy sweatshirts, and styled sweaters, the possibilities are endless. Still, when I spied Sienna Miller dashing through Heathrow airport, her unique Fall layering caught my eye. The fur-trimmed, patchwork toggle coat is a standout on its own, but with a peach and black striped shirt underneath, she proves this is a lesson in mismatched layers like we've never seen before. While Sienna's known for her eclectic, bohemian taste, this one's a bold choice. Now, tell me — are you into it or is this a style flop?
Spotted — a brand-new member of our fashionable community. Walking the city in a layered exotic mini, headband, and boots, what an eclectic-cool ensemble. Something tells me this FashnEnthusiast is going to fit right in.
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With global warming upon us, it's no surprise designers have embraced seasonless dressing. For Fall, all wanderlusters can look forward to nomadic layers. Here we have Rebecca Taylor's sweet and sassy muse, Catherine Malandrino's severe take on luxotica, and Diane Von Furstenberg's cozy coquette. When in doubt, pile it on, and just see where it takes you . . .
Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington sat front row at Ralph Lauren and witnessed the Fall throwback to the '90s: long, floral print dresses, romantic peasant sleeves, and a return to classic menswear. The runway featured layers of blazers and waistcoats over a variety of heavy fabrics and Fall's must-have accessory: lace fingerless gloves.
We've had almost every kind of backdrop in the Look Book, but none so nature-oriented. Fab reader shulemina is funky in the fields! I admire her fashion fearlessness and her ability to layer masterfully. What's more, the orange and purple combination is bold and beautiful.
Here's what she has on:
- Dress: Made by her friend
- Cardigan: Forever 21
- Scarf: H&M
- Tights: DKNY
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Contrived as it may seem luxe layers are an undeniable fall trend. After the fall shows we articulated our notion that 'layered texture' and 'luxe details' were at the forefront of fashion week. For a while, we editorialized them separately, taking layered silhouettes to mean one thing and that which was fur-trimmed, or adorned with lace, velvet, and shearling, to mean another. Then a republishing of the Fall 08 Proenza Schouler show changed all that for us. Queue layers of all varieties and a texture (aka sequins) which puts it in the luxe category at the same time.
Since then, as the deliveries trickle in and as chicsters have started wearing the fall trends in lighter, more weather-appropriate versions, we've come to feel that the combination of sequins (luxe) and cottons (layers), all loose and layered and slouchy, is a trend we will see a lot of for Spring 09. For our Fall's Top Five: Past & Present photo shoot, our stylist, Liz Baca took the slinkiest of silks and metallics and layered them with reckless (a key ingredient here) abandon. Below, check out our various trend galleries that we've (hehe) layered for you. Opulence, sequins, and layered texture. Mix it all up and keep a careful eye on the Proenza interpretation and you'll be in good shape.
Here's what she has on:
- Sweater: H&M
- Shirt: Express
- Skirt: Iisli
- Tights: Target
- Shoes: Old Navy
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With Winter comes a wide variety of snow sports like cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, as well as the unique challenge of Winter running. I hope that you are not under the delusion that just because it's cold outside, you are not going to sweat. Sweating and Winter don't mix! Once your clothes are wet, they stay wet and that will make you cold. Plus if you pile on too many layers, you won't be able to move freely, which is really frustrating.
Here's what to wear and the order to put them on:
- Start with a sports bra and undies that wick away moisture. Ones made out of cotton will be really uncomfortable when you sweat.
- Then you need to put on your warm, base layers. Ones made with merino wool are better for Winter sports, since they'll pull away sweat from your skin and into the fibers of the wool. Plus they don't retain odor the way some polypropylene base layers can. Look for tops and bottoms made by Smartwool.
- Then you need your warm wicking socks, also made out of magical merino wool to absorb any moisture. Put your socks over your base-layer pants so they feel extra secure, and they're less likely to slip down into your boots that way.
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As the weather gets colder and the hours of daylight diminish, it's important to keep warm and visible while working out. This can also make layering tricky, which is why I love vests.
This Brooks Nightlife Vest ($80) provides core warmth and heightens visibility through its fabric color and reflective highlights. The polyester microfiber fabric is water resistant, wind resistant, and breathable. Plus unlike many Winter vests, this one is semifitted to decrease bulkiness, and enhance performance. Buy it here.