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Best layering pieces for busy moms

Layering trends for moms

Moms need stylish and functional cardigans, jackets and blazers to get them through the day's activities, and we're here to help. From knit blazers that provide comfort and polish to embellished cardis that transform jeans and T-shirts, here are the best layering pieces for looking pulled together while you're on the go.

Cropped tweed jacket

Cropped tweed jacket

There's something so sexy about a cropped jacket of any kind, and we're loving this tweed trend for the season ahead. Try this tweed jacket, $169 at bebe, and keep your look sleek by pairing the jacket with dark, slim jeans and heels for a chic, wear-anywhere outfit.

Moto vest

Moto vest

Puffy vests have their charm, but your cold-weather wardrobe deserves better. Take the biker trend for a spin with this moto vest, $25 at Forever 21. The knit texture softens the look and makes it a cinch to pull off. Try a long-sleeve t-shirt or button-down layered underneath, and polish off the look with jeans tucked into tall boots.

Fancy cardi

Fancy cardi

Pick a cardi with your favorite extra -- ruffles, sequins, floral appliqués or jewels -- and use it to add oomph to a simple dress or a T-shirt and jeans. Adding embellished pieces to your wardrobe can be intimidating. So, if you want to ease into the trend, try this sequin cardi from Calvin Klein, $50. It has just enough details to catch eyes, but not enough to overwhelm.

Cozy cardigan-jacket

Cozy cardigan-jacket

A warm, textured cardigan is perfect for crisp fall days when you'd rather layer than cover up your outfit with a coat. One in gray or camel with a shawl collar is a must. These hues come off as cozy-chic (picture yourself in a Ralph Lauren ad), and they happen to be popular seasonal shades. Choose one that hits mid-thigh --the longer length balances out a thick texture -- and layer it over everything from a floral dress and tights to jeans and ballet flats.

This wrap cardigan, $55 at Old Navy, hits every stylish mark and is in a chic Southwestern shade that's very hot this fall.

Knit blazer

Knit blazer

Make room in your closet for one more blazer. This season's hot option is a knit blazer, and you'll love how this comfy, versatile piece meshes with your wardrobe. It has the polished look of a blazer, but it moves like a cardigan, and it's the perfect finishing touch for a feminine blouse or a basic tank and an eye-catching necklace. Try one in grey, like this blazer, $35 at Gap.

More fall fashion ideas

Tips for wearing kimono sleeves
Poncho looks
Fall trend alert: Colorblock heels

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