Fall Layers

I may be a summer girl, but fall has my heart when it comes to fashion. I look forward to cooler temps just for the excuse to pile on the layers, mixing and matching prints and textures!

Puffer vests are a favorite layering piece for adding color, but without adding bulk or too much warmth. They can be styled a range of ways, from sporty to preppy, depending on how you layer them. I’m a fan of both, but today I’m sharing some preppy layers to brighten up your fall closet.

And even better… it’s all 30%-50% off in Talbots’ special sale event!

Fair Isle Sweater | Quilted Vest | Colored Jeans | Leopard Belt

With the stripes and sneakers, this combo has a sporty meets preppy vibe! The quilted vest is lightweight with details on the shoulder and the perfect stand-up collar. It has a dressier feel, so it pairs well with jeans, skirts, or pants. I’d layer it over everything from collared shirts to sweaters to hoodies.

These slim ankle jeans have an invisible slimming panel, creating a more comfortable and flattering fit. I love these for the extra room through the hips and bum, but no gapping at the waist.

The cropped length is perfect for flats and sneakers, and the lighter wash is great for pairing with darker fall colors.

Fit Tip: With Talbots sizing, I go down one in regular, and up one in petite for a slightly shorter fit. I’m wearing a petite-small vest & 2-petite jeans. Both come in Misses, Petite & Plus.

Striped Button Down | Quilted Vest | Cropped Jeans | Similar Sneakers | Earrings

Striped Button Down  | Quilted Vest | Cropped Jeans | Similar Sneakers | Earrings

The collared shirt is exceptional quality, in a crisp poplin with a touch of stretch. And bonus… it never requires ironing! I love the button details, too!

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS

Striped Button Down  | Quilted Vest | Earrings

Layers don’t always have to be in the form of more clothes… mixing in unexpected colors can add more dimension and interest to an outfit, too. In this case, the colored jeans!

Fair Isle Sweater  | Colored Jeans | Similar Loafers | Earrings

I’m forever a fan of fair isle, especially when lots of colors are involved! This sweater is crazy soft with all the best colors of fall, perfect for layering over striped shirts and under colorful vests.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing petite-small, but as always, Talbots offers it in Petite, Misses and Plus! The jeans are a 2-petite for cropped length.

Fair Isle Sweater | Colored Jeans | Earrings

Fair Isle Sweater | Striped Button Down | Cropped Jeans | Earrings

Fair Isle Sweater  | Striped Button Down | Cropped Jeans

Fair Isle Sweater | Quilted Vest | Colored Jeans | Earrings

Remember the ‘Power of Three’ we’ve talked about in the past… here it is in full fall force! Vest + colored jeans + a pop of leopard for the fall layers win!

Fair Isle Sweater | Quilted Vest | Colored Jeans | Earrings | Leopard Belt

So tell me… are you a ‘more is more’ fan when it comes to layers, or prefer to keep it light? Which season is your favorite for fashion?

I found all these darling pieces at Talbots (yes, Talbots!), and couldn’t be more impressed with the quality or style! They’re having a huge Sale Event from now until November 1, with 30%-50% off site wide!! Shop the sale HERE.


*Photos by the darling and talented Audrie Dollins. This post created in collaboration with Talbots and ShopStyle, but all product selections, styling, and abundant layers are my own. Thank you for supporting Hi Sugarplum sponsors!*

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  1. Sandy wrote:

    Timeless, classic Talbots.
    Still drooling over the Gibson collection- un for get table.
    Some gorgeous pics of you in that one, SP!

    Posted 10.27.20 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      You are too kind, sweet Sandy! <3 C

      Posted 10.27.20 Reply
  2. Patricia wrote:

    I would have never combined a bright pink fair isle sweater with yellow jeans, navy puffer AND a leopard print belt. But it works! Color me wrong!
    Cassie, you do surprise me.

    Posted 10.27.20 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      You know I love me some color and pattern mixing, Patricia!! xo, Cassie

      Posted 10.27.20 Reply
  3. Andrea Wienen wrote:

    I ordered the fair isle sweater (plus two more since it was a sale). Thanks for the super cute outfit idea! I already have pants, puffer and belt to make it. 🙂

    Posted 10.27.20 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Woohoo, isn’t that sale great?! And I know your outfit is going to look fab! – Cassie

      Posted 10.27.20 Reply
  4. Nanci wrote:

    Love the outfits, where did you get the gold bead bracelets?

    Posted 10.29.20 Reply
  5. Jill wrote:

    You are so cute! And the color of lipstick you wear looks so nice. I wish we were neighbors!

    Posted 10.31.20 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Hi Jill! I wish I could be neighbors with all of you and invite you over for some hot cocoa! <3 xo, C

      Posted 11.2.20 Reply
  6. Yari wrote:

    Thank you so much Cassie!!! I loved the combination of the fair isle sweater and bright color pants,I just stopped my local Talbots! Thank you so much again for the tips and keeping us stylish. You are adorable!

    Posted 11.1.20 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Thanks so much, Yari! Talbots has some great finds, and the ladies who work in my local store are so wonderful! xoxo, C

      Posted 11.2.20 Reply