Let’s talk about layering shirts! As the weather cools down, I love layering shirts together. Here are some tips for nailing the layered look.

Layering shirts and sweaters is easier than you think!

I love layering shirts and sweaters during the fall and winter. It’s an easy way to keep warm as the weather cools, but also adds some great dimension to any outfit.

Here are 6 easy layering ideas for fall, and how to nail the layering look every time.

1. Layering a striped shirt under a sweater

This is one of my favorite layering techniques. It adds such a fun pop of pattern underneath a simple sweater!

Tip: choose your most lightweight tee so it doesn’t add bulk underneath (a short sleeve tee works too!), and then choose a sweater that isn’t too thin. A thinner sweater will get lumpy when a tee is layered underneath.

SIMILAR GREEN SWEATER  | SIMILAR STRIPED TEE | MADEWELL JEANS | LEATHER TOTE BAG

2. Layer a sweater under a coat and add over the knee boots

If it’s super cold and you need a coat, don’t be afraid to layer a chunky sweater underneath and add tall boots!

Tip: tuck in your sweater or shirt underneath so you keep your leg line nice and long!

SIMILAR COAT HERE | SIMILAR TAN SWEATER | SIMILAR JEANS | OVER THE KNEE BOOTS

3. Layer a button down under a sweater

This is such a chic and sophisticated look! You could do this combination under any jacket (not just an olive jacket), and you could do it with dress pants instead of jeans if you wanted a more office-appropriate look.

Tip: Choose a sweater that’s medium weight. Thinner sweaters will show every lump of the dress shirt underneath!

WHITE BUTTON DOWN SHIRT | CASHMERE SWEATER | SIMILAR OLIVE JACKET | BLUE JEANS | LEOPARD PRINT LOAFERS

4. Layer a shirt underneath a dress

Sleeveless dresses are so fun to layer! I found this cute red dress a few years ago, and it would be really chic by itself, but a layered striped turtleneck underneath makes it really fun and different.

Tip: tissue turtlenecks work best because they’re so lightweight! And tuck your turtleneck (or other top) into your undergarments or shapewear to keep things as smooth as possible under your dress.

SIMILAR RED DRESS | BLACK PUMPS | BLACK TIGHTS | SIMILAR STRIPED TURTLENECK

5. Layer a button down under a buttoned up jacket

This is a fun twist on a layered shirt and jacket look! Button up your jacket partially so only a bit of your shirt peeks out underneath.

Tip: A shirt with a curved hem is going to be most flattering in this kind of outfit

GINGHAM SHIRT | DENIM JACKET | SIMILAR JEANS | VELVET SUPERGA SNEAKERS

6. Layer a sweater over a dress

This is one of my favorite tricks for winter. Layer a sweater over a dress! Use a hair tie to create a “ponytail” in the front of your shirt or sweater, and then tuck the ponytail up and under. Pin in place if needed. It creates a really cozy, flattering look!

Tip: This works best on medium weight sweaters and shirts. Lightweight will show the ponytail underneath, and heavy knit sweaters will get bulky with a ponytail underneath.

SIMILAR TEAL DRESS | SIMILAR CABLE KNIT SWEATER | SLOUCHY BOOTS 

Which layered shirt or sweater outfit do you like the best out of these six?

Hopefully this gives you some good layering ideas as we head into fall!

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How to Style It: Layering Shirts and Sweaters

layering shirts and sweaters collage

Let’s talk about layering shirts! As the weather cools down, I love layering shirts together. Here are some tips for nailing the layered look.

 

Layering shirts and sweaters is easier than you think!

I love layering shirts and sweaters during the fall and winter. It’s an easy way to keep warm as the weather cools, but also adds some great dimension to any outfit.

Here are 6 easy layering ideas for fall, and how to nail the layering look every time.

 

1. Layering a striped shirt under a sweater

This is one of my favorite layering techniques. It adds such a fun pop of pattern underneath a simple sweater!

Tip: choose your most lightweight tee so it doesn’t add bulk underneath (a short sleeve tee works too!), and then choose a sweater that isn’t too thin. A thinner sweater will get lumpy when a tee is layered underneath.

Layering shirts - striped tee under a sweater

SIMILAR GREEN SWEATER  | SIMILAR STRIPED TEE | MADEWELL JEANS | LEATHER TOTE BAG

 

 

2. Layer a sweater under a coat and add over the knee boots

If it’s super cold and you need a coat, don’t be afraid to layer a chunky sweater underneath and add tall boots!

Tip: tuck in your sweater or shirt underneath so you keep your leg line nice and long!

Layering shirts - how to layer blue coat and over the knee boots | merricksart.com

SIMILAR COAT HERE | SIMILAR TAN SWEATER | SIMILAR JEANS | OVER THE KNEE BOOTS

 

3. Layer a button down under a sweater

This is such a chic and sophisticated look! You could do this combination under any jacket (not just an olive jacket), and you could do it with dress pants instead of jeans if you wanted a more office-appropriate look.

Tip: Choose a sweater that’s medium weight. Thinner sweaters will show every lump of the dress shirt underneath!

Layering shirts: Layer your olive jacket with a sweater and loafers

WHITE BUTTON DOWN SHIRT | CASHMERE SWEATER | SIMILAR OLIVE JACKET | BLUE JEANS | LEOPARD PRINT LOAFERS

 

 

4. Layer a shirt underneath a dress

Sleeveless dresses are so fun to layer! I found this cute red dress a few years ago, and it would be really chic by itself, but a layered striped turtleneck underneath makes it really fun and different.

Tip: tissue turtlenecks work best because they’re so lightweight! And tuck your turtleneck (or other top) into your undergarments or shapewear to keep things as smooth as possible under your dress.

Layering shirts - Striped turtleneck layered under red dress

SIMILAR RED DRESS | BLACK PUMPS | BLACK TIGHTS | SIMILAR STRIPED TURTLENECK

 

 

5. Layer a button down under a buttoned up jacket

This is a fun twist on a layered shirt and jacket look! Button up your jacket partially so only a bit of your shirt peeks out underneath.

Tip: A shirt with a curved hem is going to be most flattering in this kind of outfit

Layering shirts - how to style a denim jacket

GINGHAM SHIRT | DENIM JACKET | SIMILAR JEANS | VELVET SUPERGA SNEAKERS

 

 

6. Layer a sweater over a dress

This is one of my favorite tricks for winter. Layer a sweater over a dress! Use a hair tie to create a “ponytail” in the front of your shirt or sweater, and then tuck the ponytail up and under. Pin in place if needed. It creates a really cozy, flattering look!

Tip: This works best on medium weight sweaters and shirts. Lightweight will show the ponytail underneath, and heavy knit sweaters will get bulky with a ponytail underneath.

layering shirts - teal dress with sweater over the top

SIMILAR TEAL DRESS | SIMILAR CABLE KNIT SWEATER | SLOUCHY BOOTS 

 

Which layered shirt or sweater outfit do you like the best out of these six?

Hopefully this gives you some good layering ideas as we head into fall!

 

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One Comment

  1. Rachel says:

    Excited about this! I have a sweatshirt that is too short based on where the band falls – i think cropping it to be without the band will be perfect!

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