4 Must-Have Layers for Fall

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From left to right: The Utility: ONE | TWO / The Blazer: ONE | TWO | THREE / The Teddy: ONE | TWO | THREE | FOUR / The Trench: ONE | TWO

With fall on the horizon, I wanted to share a few of my favorite go-to outerwear options. These are the main staples I reach for with casual wear and I think that’s often the category where people crave a little extra inspiration. The everyday layers you live in, the styles that are comfortable and not overly fussy…the ones you reach for that just make you feel good. These are those.

I shared outfit inspiration from last season for each outerwear option and, unfortunately, the exact styles are all old or sold out but I made sure to link plenty of dupes to recreate the looks!

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The Utility

Whether you call it a military jacket, fleet jacket, utility jacket or anorak, there’s no denying this is a staple in every woman’s wardrobe. This will be the style you reach for to pair with everything from jeans to leggings and will be a go-to for morning dog walks and school drop-offs to casual dinners out. This style is incredibly versatile and I personally love the double-duty option of wearing it open, cinched or tied at the waist. Olive green is also a great option with an instantly casual vibe. It’s a great fall neutral to break up your other favorite neutrals and the color goes with practically everything—you just can’t go wrong!

See how I styled mine with Spanx faux leather leggings and sneakers in this post.

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The Blazer

For when you want to feel a little more put together, a blazer is the answer. This is the layer that adds plenty of structure and style without any fuss. I personally prefer one with a little stretch for added comfort (and movement) and tend to opt for something with a touch of spandex and a boyfriend silhouette. I find this strikes just the right balance between structured and relaxed aka casual-cool.

A blazer is what you’ll reach for for date night, girls night, special events, work parties, school events, holidays and more. Throw on jeans and a white tee with a blazer on top and I promise you’ll feel instantly chic and more “styled.”

Last fall, I loved the vibe a plaid blazer gave to any outfit but am also craving a camel color for something classic, neutral and chic.

See how I styled mine with black denim and faux snakeskin flats in this post.

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The Teddy

Another great casual option with just the right amount of “trend.” A teddy (aka fleece aka sherpa aka faux shearling) jacket is equal parts comfy and luxe and I personally love how they look both dressed up and dressed down. I’ve picked up a few lower-end styles over the years and last year decided to splurge on a Madewell version that got so much wear and definitely felt a little more elevated and structured than any of the $20 versions I’d tried over past seasons.

This is the comfy-cozy layer you’ll find necessary when you just feel cold! Last year, I was constantly grabbing my teddy jacket to take the dogs out in the morning and it’s great that it’s a style you can also feel comfortable cuddling up on the couch in. 😅

UPDATE! Madewell brought this sherpa jacket back!

See mine styled casually in this post.

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The Trench

If you don’t have a trench coat in your collection, I highly recommend adding one this season. This is truly a wardrobe staple every woman should own and you’ll wear yours all fall through spring. I love the look of a sleek style with no hood but to make it truly functional (i.e. wearable for a rainy day), I would opt for a style with a hood—bonus points if it’s removable!

This is another outerwear staple that just looks chic with minimal effort. You can throw one on to elevate a leggings + sneakers look, pair with cozy sweaters and booties for something casual or even layer over dresses all season long. 👏🏼

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As always, thank you so much for reading!

x Tyler

Summer to Fall Shoes to Buy Now

summer to fall shoes

STACKED HEEL: 1. Madewell Mule | 2. Jeffrey Campbell Mule | 3. Huma Blanco Mule | 4. Soludos Mule | 5. Joie Mule | FLAT: 6. Madewell Loafer Mule | 7. Jeffrey Campbell Woven Mule | 8. Splendid Mule | 9. Via Spiga Loafer | 10. Schutz Woven Mule | 11. Sam Edelman Loafer | SNEAKER: 12. Frye Sneaker | 13. Frye Gold Sneaker | 14. Vince Slip-On Sneaker

While summer means sandals and open-toed styles and fall & winter are synonymous with boots and booties, navigating your footwear between these seasons can be quite confusing. Those days and months from September through November (or in California and other warm-weather climates, sometimes even September through January) leave us torn between styles. 

For when you’re not quite ready for full-on boot season, yet your sandals don’t quite work—or feel appropriate—try these 3 footwear trends to help you walk through the summer to fall transition with ease. 

1. Stacked Heel Mule Booties

When you’re itching for boot season yet the idea of cramming your feet into boots and booties during sweltering heat makes you (well, sweat), enter the mule bootie. ✔️AKA the perfect fall-ready footwear to keep you cool. I love a backless bootie for both day and night and a stacked, low heel is my personal recommendation for everyday wear. I also think a mule bootie is great because there's no height on your ankle to mess with or worry about "to tuck or not to tuck." You can pair them with jeans in any length or style from ankle to regular to full and skinny, boyfriend or bootcut.

Try mule booties with shorts or skirts and sweaters for transitional wear, your favorite jeans topped with a tee and blazer to feel instantly put together or summer to fall dresses for something that feels effortless, easy and appropriate. This is a great way to give your summer wardrobe a fall spin and get the most wear out of your closet.


2. Fall Flats

fall flats

If you're looking for the easiest way to swap out your summer sandals, try a slide! Whether you call them mules, slides or backless loafers, this is the perfect footwear trend to help you transition from summer to fall. The low or no-heel and backless feature means continual, cool, comfort and no break-in period or socks required. I adore a flat mule paired with my go-to jeans for something that feels effortless, chic and classic in an instant—and keeps you on your feet all day long. 

A loafer is another closet must-have and I think investing in a pair that will last (think leather and cushioned soles) is a smart decision. Whether you want something buttery soft or with a bit more structure, a loafer is classic and timeless and will make your jeans or work pants look instantly chic. They also look great with dresses and tights. 

Need a style that does double duty (both slide and loafer)? Try this Sam Edelman loafer which features a fold-down heel. ✔️✔️


3. Fall Sneakers

fall sneakers

When fall rolls around and you need a weekend-ready shoe, a sneaker is essential. Slip-on or lace-up sneakers have become my go-to paired with leggings, joggers and jeans and give off a cool, athleisure vibe. The great thing is they can take you from morning dog walks to drop-offs to errands—even happy hour. 

Try them with a simple t-shirt dress and a denim jacket/cardigan combo, with a denim skirt and sweater or with comfy jogger pants and your favorite tee. 

For the most bang for your buck, look for all-white, black or another fall-ready neutral hue like camel or tan. My personal preference is something that "matches" your skin tone, which helps keep a seamless, sleek look through the leg line. 


All of these styles are perfect for those in-between days and will easily take you from summer to fall. And the bonus? They're perfect for the winter-to-spring, spring-to-summer transition, too!

What's your favorite summer to fall footwear trend? 

As always, thank you for reading!

xx Tyler