When the crisp fall air arrives and the leaves begin to change color, our style impulses tend towards cozy! Sweaters, scarves, boots, knits, warm socks, and leggings are autumn layering essentials. Fall signals a return to sophisticated silhouettes and put together outfits, but thankfully a pair of comfy, thick leggings can serve as the foundation of a perfectly layered outfit. Leggings will see you stylishly through a busy fall calendar filled with outings to pumpkin fields and apple orchards, getting the kids back to school, and long work days!
3 Go-To Outfits
Option #1:Plaid leggings + belted tunic top + pearls + satchel bag + knee-high boots
Where to wear: Weekend flea market browsing
Option #2:Plaid leggings + oversized white button-up shirt + blazer + infinity scarf + Chelsea boots
Where to wear: Going straight from work to parent-teacher conferences
Option #3:Plaid leggings + sweater dress + oversized cardigan + saddle bag + rustic boots
Where to wear: Pumpkin patch outing
Preppy + Classic
Pairs Perfectly With: Chunky knit scarves, sweater tunics, and rich fall hues
When fall hits full stride, plaid can be seen everywhere, from cozy flannels to menswear blazers, midi wool skirts to stylish coats. Venturing into tartan territory is not for the faint of heart, but if you’re bold enough to rock a pair of plaid leggings, you’ll discover they are infinitely more versatile than they seem at first blush.
Plaid became a wardrobe staple in the 1960s, though it dates all the way back to 16th century Scotland. This classic print has been passed from rustic lumberjacks to preppy co-eds to grunge rockers. Few prints in style history have been embraced by so many different groups. On the preppy side of things, plaid can be paired with tailored pieces, blazers, and cozy knits. Pattern mixing with stripes is also an unexpected combo, if layered with solid hues, like a striped collared shirt worn under a navy knit pullover. Street style outfits tend to combine a bit of schoolyard prep with rocker edge, for a look that pulls the best from both worlds.
5 Mix & Match
1. Fall bootsBoots are one of the crucial building blocks of a fall wardrobe, and there are a few different essential styles every woman needs in her shoe closet. Moto boots lend an edgy vibe, while close-fitting ankle-high Chelsea boots are effortlessly modern. Buckles and fringe detailing are trendy, and cowboy boots pair well with rustic ensembles. Knee high boots look lovely worn over leggings (and keep you warm on chilly days!)
2. BlazerA tailored blazer belongs in every woman’s fall closet. A blazer can either look sleek and professional, or have a fun tomboy style, depending on how you wear it. A black blazer worn over a longer tank top and leggings adds a sophisticated clean line for a polished ensemble.
3. Patterned scarfScarves come to the rescue on windy days! From chevron zigzags to tribal prints, a patterned scarf adds visual interest in layered outfits. Besides the classic slip knot, fall scarves can be worn wrapped into a messy circle with the ends tucked in, can be braided in loose knots over a sweater if it’s of a more delicate material, or can glamorously hang free draped over your neck with both ends hanging down on warmer days.
4. Shift dressA great shift dress can go from creative meetings to craft cocktails, making it a day to night staple. A shift dress should have shape in the cut, so you don’t get lost in yards of fabric, but be loose enough to team up with leggings and structural coats.
5. Oversize cardiganSteal your husband’s cardigan or buy your own long one that goes just past your hips, or as long as mid-thigh. A black or grey cardigan pairs easily with everything in your closet, while a bold hue can liven up a monochrome ensemble. Wear it over slouchy dresses, tunics, and necktie blouses.
3 go-to outfits
Option #1:Paisley leggings + a sweater dress + tan wide-brimmed hat + knee high boots
Where to wear: Apple Picking at a local orchard. Baking apple pie should be on every fall bucket list!
Option #2:Paisley leggings + Peter Pan collar top + loose pullover sweater + loafers
Where to wear: A children’s book reading hour at the local library
Option #3:Paisley leggings + long sleeve tunic + knit cape + beanie + rustic cowboy boots
Where to wear: Weekend at a cabin in the woods
Rustic + Hippie-Chic
Pairs Perfectly With: Ruffled tops, rustic boots, and vintage-inspired accessories
When we think fall, we have idyllic images in mind, like apple picking at an orchard or going for a walk among the changing leaves. But as the temperatures dip, we have to bundle up first! Layering is essential to putting together cozy fall outfits for all the season’s outings. Leggings are a transitional style staple, a must-have for staying warm. Patterned bottoms have been a favorite of fashion blogs, but loose harem pant and flare cut styles don’t always work off the runways. A pair of cute paisley leggings are a stylish way to incorporate pattern into a fall outfit!
Fall fashion is defined by warm, earthy hues like maroon, mustard yellow, deep brown, and emerald green. Mix and match these gorgeous fall hues in your layering pieces, and choose colors for outfit pairings that can be found in the paisley print of your choice.
If you are putting together a leggings outfit with print or patterned leggings but you want the style thermometer to read dressy, then add some elegant wardrobe pieces, like a blazer or statement necklace, a peplum top or an oversized crisp button-up. Fall fashion tends to be more sophisticated, and structured pieces help elevate the casual look of leggings.
5 Fall Layering Tips
1. Foundational CourseMastering the art of layering means starting at the foundation of the outfit, with the top and bottom. Leggings are just hands down cozier than skinny jeans, so they always top our pile of fall favorites. A maxi skirt can also look darling in a layered fall outfit. For the top, either a lightweight tee, button-up shirt, or long sleeve tunic length blouse is ideal. You can also transition summer dresses into layered outfits when worn over leggings.
2. Shape upOne of the pitfalls of layering is when it results in an all-over bulky shape. Staying cozy is the goal, but looking frumpy is not! This is why the slim fit of leggings is crucial in fall layering. Another way to create a chic shape is to consider the different lengths of your layered pieces. Add a pullover sweater or oversized cardigan in a rich autumn hue, and make sure that it is either shorter or longer than your bottom layer top. Try creating a waistline with a belt over a tunic or button-up shirt. Finally finish it off with a coat in a basic color like black, army green, or camel.
3. Bright baublesJust because you’re getting all covered up, don’t forget the accessories! Jewel tones in statement necklaces add a pretty touch when peeking out beneath the layers of a fall outfit.
4. Totally TexturalAs much as you should consider the color and lengths in a layered outfit, if the fabrics are all the same, the look will fall flat. Mix up the textures for a more visually interesting ensemble. This is best achieved with varying the fabrics you choose, like mixing thick knits with light cotton or silk. Beyond fabrics, pretty details like ruffles and lace on a shirt hemline or a cute collar seen beneath a sweater create a more complex layered ensemble.
5. Always add a scarfThe quickest way to take a layered outfit to the highest levels of style? Scarves! Whether you choose a knit infinity scarf, a graphic silk or printed option, scarves are the greatest thing to look forward to as the colder weather arrives. Throwing on a big, soft pashmina is as close to the coziness of staying in bed while running errands you can possibly get.
Paisley is a classic pattern that reached a height of popularity in the 1960’s, reflecting the hippie aesthetic and the psychedelic mood of the era. Musicians like Joan Baez and the Beatles could be seen wearing paisley at their concerts, and any stylish girl of the era would have had at least one paisley shift dress! Paisley has seen a recent revival in fashion, and we love the different ways a modern woman can wear this vintage-inspired look.
Since paisley leggings have a retro vibe, consider other vintage-inspired style ideas to complete your fall ensemble. 1940’s menswear inspiration in the form of blazers, tweed, and Oxfords look darling with paisley. Pick styles from a range of fashion eras for a modern approach to vintage fashion. 1920’s drop waist dresses and loose silk blouses look great in a layered outfit. When matched with more structured pieces, paisley leggings take on a Audrey Hepburn classic look.
After decades of form-fitting dresses in waist-accentuating cuts, the Modernist aesthetic that took hold in the 1960’s brought a rebellious answer to the previous decade in the form of the shift dress. It was short and loose, with the feeling of being liberated from a corset. Wearing a fun shift dress with a shorter hemline over paisley leggings is a fun nod to the 60’s. Faux fur also was in vogue during the Mod decade, and a faux fur vest over a dress or a faux fur lined coat collar gives a vintage vibe to modern day ensembles. Finally, finish off any vintage-inspired outfit with a saddle bag, the 1970’s inspired satchel that could be seen on recent fall runway shows. There are satchels in bold colors, neutrals, ethnic and snakeskin prints, which means there’s a bag to go with any leggings outfit you put together.
3 Go-To Outfits
Option #1:Snakeskin leggings + a long tunic top + military parka + Chelsea boots
Where to wear: Cheering on the kids soccer team from the sidelines!
Option #2:Snakeskin leggings + oversized white tee + statement necklace + long cardigan + ballet flats
Where to wear: Autumn dinner party
Option #3:Snakeskin leggings + mini-black shift dress + cropped jacket + black pumps
Where to wear: Friday night cocktails
Luxe + Glamorous
Pairs Perfectly With: Sophisticated accessories, Fall boots, and Neutral hues
Indulging seasonal cravings like apple cider, pumpkin pie, and anything with cinnamon should be the first thing on your fall to-do list. The second is making sure there is a stack of printed leggings in your closet to mix and match for fall outfits!
Among the prints for fall, snakeskin is a glamorous standout. Exotic animal prints have moved from the province of resort wear to everyday ensembles. If you’re looking to try out a new trend without investing in major wardrobe pieces first, leggings are a great way to see how you can work the trend into your style. For example, snakeskin leggings can play a minimal part in a layered outfit, when paired with knee-high boots and sweater dresses, or they can be the centerpiece of a going out ensemble, with black pumps and a loose black chiffon top.
To look pretty in python, the first rule of thumb is to keep the rest of the outfit toned down with elegant, understated pieces. Edgy and sophisticated, snakeskin leggings pair best with casual pieces like grey pullovers and basic tops, and neutrals like black or cream, a grey or brown purse, and neutral boots or flats. A fun on-the-go pairing for snakeskin leggings is a graphic tee, thick black scarf, and cute athletic sneakers. One animal print in a fall outfit is enough though, so don’t choose a snakeskin purse or a leopard scarf as accessories.
Leggings aren’t just for dressing down, comfy as they may be. A pair of sexy snakeskin leggings, in any of the three available styles, infuse a polished and put together vibe into fall outfits.
Colorful snakeskinCertain fashion trends evolve over time. While there is nothing new about snakeskin prints per se since they were in vogue all the way back in the 1920’s, the colorful snakeskin is a bold new take on the serpentine look. The print has appeared in a swath of bright colors, adorning blouses to printed bottoms to outerwear. Colorful snakeskin is trend-forward and adds flair to any outfit.
Monochrome snakeskinBlack and white is a sleek way to play it safe with the snakeskin trend. Monochrome snakeskin leggings act as the foundation of a chic black and white outfit, since they allow you to add print within the monochrome scheme. For casual weekends, add a white button-up or long white blouse and cropped black sweater.
Natural snakeskinSnakeskin prints in organic hues, like creams, tans, and browns have a more bohemian feel that’s perfect for fall outfits. Snakeskin leggings in natural hues look stunning with rich fall hues, like dark berry and forest green.