Transitional Jackets and Sweaters: Layering Looks

Saying goodbye to summer is never fun, but at least the excuse to start layering eases the pain a bit.


This fall you can take your pick: Go girly with tailored, romantic pieces in soft wools and velvet, or find inspiration in your man’s closet. Menswear is big, and we mean that literally: Oversized blazers, sweaters and military-wear is the modern proportion, and extremely comfortable to boot!

Cream Confection Jacket
Stay far from the crowd with this Edwardian number in a dusty camel hue, a popular neutral for autumn (it also comes in black and cream). Being all covered up never looked so sultry.


BCBG Oversized Cardigan
We’re loving this season’s comfy, oversized styles. Just make sure to balance the volume: Wear with slim pants or shorter skirts and tights, or cinch the waist with a belt. We like this cashmere option in fall’s other hottest neutral, gray.


Elizabeth & James Sharp-Shouldered James Blazer
That’s right, the shoulder pad is back. But this time it’s far subtler than its ‘80s linebacker cousin. Defined shoulders and a straight cut through the torso actually make you look slimmer, and a longer length covers any booty issues. Be on the lookout for these “boyfriend blazers” with ¾ length or ruched sleeves, which keeps it looking feminine and modern.


Dolce Vita GI Jacket
Military-inspired styles are once again hitting the streets. This anorak is sporty chic, whether you’re running errands in your yoga gear or hitting Michigan Avenue in dark denim and a colorful, printed scarf.


BCBG Shirred-Back Cardi Wrap
Dolman sleeves are an elegant element on this cardi. Wear it loose or wrap and pin it with a brooch.


J. Crew Velvet Ruby Jacket
Velvet is back in a big way this fall. This charmer of a jacket gives a soft whimsy to jeans, and comes in a few rich colors. Finish off the look with a platform heel or bootie to add a little edge.


Mara Hoffman Motorcycle Jacket
Biker chic goes feminine in this luxe take on the motorcycle jacket, made from a soft gunmetal boucle. Keep it minimal with a short skirt or skinny jeans, or use it to toughen up a flouncy party dress.

$425, She Boutique