Summer’s heat can be stifling -- but at least it makes getting dressed in the morning easy! Now that fall is in a full, unpredictable swing, you might find yourself stuck looking at the weather report, your closet, and back again, wondering how much -- or how little -- to pile on.
"Realistically, right now, that in-between season is all about layering," says Toronto stylist Talia Brown. "I think a lot of people do have problems because they're not sure if they should be in summer clothes. I think people just get lost."
Bundling up with easily removeable pieces may be key for comfort at this time of year, but you also don't want to look like you're being swallowed by layers.
"Make sure the lengths are always different," Brown says. "If you're wearing a tank with a shirt over it, make sure one is longer than the other. You need to make sure you can see the layers so it doesn't just look like bulk. "The key is making sure they cut you off in the right spots, and that each layer is still flattering on its own."
Of course, there are a few things you should relegate to the back of the closet for the colder months. How do you know what will make a good layering piece? "It has to have weight to it," Brown says. "Once you layer it, it will just stick to you anyway. It just adds pounds." That means no flimsy, unlined skirts or dresses after tights season. That doesn't mean all of your floaty summer threads need to be packed away the Tuesday after Labour Day. As maddening as fall's mood swings can be, they also provide a great opportunity to mix and match your favourite warm-weather items with heavier pieces before tights weather sets in.
"You could wear a chiffon skirt with a sweater, but by winter, that skirt needs to go away," Brown says. A few layers will give the following summer pieces a second life. Remember: When in doubt, grab a cardigan and a scarf!