Sydni Ellis grew up in the great state of Texas, where she learned to love chips and salsa and hot weather. She has a master’s degree in Journalism from the University of North Texas, and she currently works in the College Communications, Marketing and Outreach office at Richland College. Some of her passions include writing, traveling and re-reading the Harry Potter Series every chance she gets. In the spirit of spontaneity, Sydni lives her life with a pen in one hand and her video camera in the other; ready to capture the next great story.
How do you decide what to wear in the morning, knowing the temperature will change drastically at least two times before you go to bed? Fall in Texas is notorious for being cold in the morning, very warm in the afternoon and downright chilly when the sunsets! Your best option: master the art of layering! Follow these tips to stay comfortable (and fashionable!) all day.
Wear a Vest
Start with a lightweight sweater that won’t cause you to overheat during your lunch hour. We love this pink Eileen Fisher sweater from Neiman Marcus, made with a cashmere-blend and featuring a high-low hem and round neckline. When the sun and temperature drops, add this gorgeous, grey faux fur vest that is so soft you’ll want to take a nap in it.
Repurpose Your Summer Jumpsuit
Jumpsuits were your go-to summer outfit, but they also make a perfect layering piece for fall! Neutral colors are best, like this Madewell black jumpsuit with spaghetti straps from Nordstrom. Winterize the look by wearing boots and slipping on tight-fitting turtleneck underneath, like this Topshop ribbed turtleneck in cream. Add your favorite coat over the top on extra freezing mornings, and you’ll be ready for anything!
Pair Same Patterns Together
Choose your favorite patterned blouse, and get a matching cardigan for easy layering. This houndstooth blouse from Ann Taylor is white and black with a pretty ruffled collar and cuffs that would look great at work with white or black slacks. Pair this with the houndstooth cardigan, which is the exact same pattern with black edges and cuffs. That way, whether you have to put on your cardigan or take it off, your overall look remains the same.
Slip a Sweater Over Your Button-Down
Layering was practically invented for men—it’s so easy to dress up or down an outfit in the winter! Put on a cotton or other cool-fabric button-down shirt first, like this plaid shirt from Burberry. Next, pull on a cozy sweater that will show off the pattern of your undershirt at the cuffs and neckline. We love this biege pullover with four buttons going down the stand collar. All that’s left to do is add a jacket if you get cold and take off the sweater if you get hot!