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5 Fun ways to layer that aren't business casual

Bobby Schuessler is a New York City-based fashion and beauty writer, contributing to brands like E!, Us Weekly, Glamour, Lucky, Men's Health and of course, SheKnows.

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Layering for fall weather is a must. But it's time to get out of that cardigan-topped-over-a-tank routine. Here are five unexpected ways to layer in style this season.

When you think about layering, what comes to mind? Taking your go-to sweater and pairing it with an easy tank? We figured. But guess what? There are several ways to take your wardrobe from drab to oh-so-fab with alternative layering tricks.

Incorporate these unexpected layering tips into your closet, and you'll be sure to hit the streets in style this fall.


Tie a shirt around your waist

It's no secret that we are currently in a full-on '90s revival — crop tops, anyone? So this season, why not get back to those grunge-esque roots? Take an old plaid button-front shirt (or steal one from your man's closet) and tie it around your waist for an unexpected way to add depth to your mid-section. We love the idea of testing out this look with your go-to skinny jeans and a chunky sweater for the weekends.

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Shirt to try: Only Plaid Shirt (Yoox, $56)


Layer on a jeweled collar

The easiest way to elevate your standard black sweater or T-shirt? Add a jeweled collar. Not only will it glam up your outfit, but it will add just the right amount of drama, too.

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Collar to try: Premium Curb and Ball Chain Collar Necklace (Topshop, $150)


Pair a chambray shirt with a printed sweatshirt

One of the cutest looks of the season? An on-trend chambray shirt worn underneath a totally adorable monogrammed sweatshirt. Wear with black skinnies and suede ankle boots, and you'll have yourself an instantly chic Saturday brunch ensemble.

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Shirt and sweatshirt to try: Perfect Chambray Ex-Boyfriend Shirt (Madewell, $70), Mossimo Printed Longsleeve Sweatshirt (Target, $25)


Stack loads of bracelets

Create interest on your wrist (or an "arm party") by stacking on loads of bracelets. Try this look with a basic suit to punch up your work look, or to add a touch of glitz to an LBD for a night out on the town.

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Bracelets to try: Square Stacking Bracelets (ASOS, $20)


Rock an oversize vest

When it's not too cold outside, ditch that lightweight coat for a chic vest instead. Pair a sleek, blazer-esque style over a nubby knit sweater for a cozy-looking, expertly layered look.

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Vest to try: Lois Sleeveless Blazer (AllSaints, $345)

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