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A Guide to Unconventional Layering

Because you can do better than a standard-issue cardigan.

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There's no right way to get dressed for transitional weather (or hell, even freezing cold office temperatures in the dead of summer). But there are ways to do it beyond tossing on a standard-issue cardigan.

For their fall 2016 runway collections, brands like Vetements, Hood by Air, Kenzo, and Maison Margiela tackled layering with a more is more approach. Off the street at Copenhagen’s International Fashion Week, attendees proved that masterful layering can be done IRL, too. Here’s some inspiration, and how to recreate it.

Shop the look: Lazy Oaf T-shirt ($46); Samuji skirt ($216); AG ribbed knit ($188).

Shop the look: Rag & Bone jacket ($595); Acne mohair sweater ($450); Topshop long-sleeve bodysuit ($38); Zara trousers ($39)

Shop the look: Beyoncé touch T-shirt ($35); Equipment tie-neck dress ($318); Cuero and Mor bucket bag ($355) Stuart Weitzman over-the-knee boots ($800)

Shop the look (on the left): American Apparel hoodie dress ($22); J. Crew quilted down vest ($120)

Shop the look: Brandy Melville Carson top ($18); In God We Trust Vedra top ($100); Loup black Sabrina pants ($120); Marc Jacobs saddle bag ($895)

Shop the look: Forever 21 Camo print jacket ($24.90); Champion Life men’s graphic sweatshirt ($40); Purpose Tour XO Barneys New York plaid brushed twill kilt ($840)

Shop the look: Opening Ceremony OC Coach jacket ($180); Stussy standard long-sleeve T-shirt ($45); Bottega Veneta leather shoulder bag ($2,100)

Shop the look: J.Crew Tippi sweater ($79.50); ASOS ultimate biker leather jacket ($162); DVF Linda cashmere wrap dress ($378); Urban Outfitters Cher ring mini crossbow bag ($34)