His & Her’s: The SPY Guide to Easy Fall Layering

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* Keeping warm while staying stylish isn’t always easy
* A great layering tool has to be versatile and timeless
* Start with these investment pieces that you’ll wear over and over again

Fall is right around the corner, which means getting dressed in the morning won’t be as simple as grabbing your favorite T-shirt and jeans. Stylish outfits in the chillier months call for masterful layering, which can be easy (and even fun) if you have the right pieces of clothing.

To get you started on the road to successful layering, we put together this list of versatile, modern fall/winter classics that can be worn solo, under, or over for warmth and a timeless look.


1. Splendid Twill Trench Coat

A lightweight trench coat is a great layering tool because you can throw it over a T-shirt for late-summer rain, or over a chunky sweater in winter for added warmth and protection. This one by Splendid is very well-priced, and has a classic trench color and silhouette, save for a modern banded collar.

Women's Trench Coat Splendid Image courtesy of ShopBop


2. Diane Von Furstenburg Jelena Sweater

If you only wear one sweater this winter, a sleek, form-fitting black turtleneck like this one from DVF would be a good choice. It’s a classic cold-weather staple that can be worked into any outfit.

Women's Black Turtleneck DVF Image courtesy of ShopBop


3. Moni Cashmere Sweater

Another great option for an easy everyday layering piece is this Moni crewneck cashmere sweater in “mist.” It’s a more casual look than a turtleneck, but still has excellent versatility, and being cashmere, excellent coziness. The neutral color works well for all occasions.

Women's Crewneck Sweater Image courtesy of ShopBop



1. A.P.C. Denim Jacket

Coming into fall, we’re starting to see celebrities from Kanye West to Kit Harington rocking the same thing: a black denim trucker jacket with a modern cut. This one from A.P.C. perfectly captures the trend with a waist-skimming cut and inky black high-end Japanese denim. Wear it over a T-shirt or sweater, or even under a great overcoat. It’s an investment piece that you’ll still be wearing years from now.

Men's Black Denim Jacket APC Image courtesy of Nordstrom


2. Vince Crewneck Sweater

This plush cashmere sweater from Vince is great because it doesn’t try to be more than a classic, well-fit cashmere sweater. We especially like it in taupe, because it looks great and works with any neutral jacket.

Men's Crewneck Cashmere Sweater Image courtesy of Nordstrom


3. Billy Reid Pea Coat

Made famous by Daniel Craig as James Bond in Skyfall , the Billy Reid peak lapel peacoat is the definition of a modern classic. It’s rendered in a trim fit, clean cut, warm, and has the power to elevate casual outfits, as well as dressed-up office attire. Don’t skimp on something like this – you want to make sure it’s durable and well-crafted enough to hold up through many chilly seasons to come.

Mens' Peacoat Billy Reid Image courtesy of East Dane

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