Layering is a trick used to create some of the best put together looks. But the goal is to look effortless. You want to evoke that "I just threw this on" attitude, which can be tricky. Sometimes the process comes naturally—you just know that a white oxford blouse works well under your favorite sweater—but there is a science to it. The key here is to remember that it's all about proportions, textures, and silhouettes. Here, InStyle’s Ali Pew perfected the anatomy of the perfectly layered look using chic cape coats, printed scarves, and a tights-and-pumps combo that will elongate your legs beyond belief. Read on to see how and shop the looks that she put together with style and ease.
Get the Look: 424 Fifth cape, $248, lordandtaylor.com; J.Crew sweater, $698, jcrew.com; Everlane shirt, $78, everlane.com; Steven Alan pants, $245, stevenalan.com; Sequin earrings, $42, sequin-nyc.com; Brooks Brothers scarf, $98, brooksbrothers.com
Get the Look: Asos coat, $150, asos.com; By Malene Birger top, $395, net-a-porter.com; Alternative shirt, $128, alternativeapparel.com; Raoul skirt, $255, neimanmarcus.com; CZ by Kenneth Jay Lane earrings, $98 (left) and $165 (right), czbykennethjaylane.com; Donna Salyers' Fabulous-Furs eternity scarf, $69, fabulousfurs.com; No Nonsense tights, $9, nononsense.com; Nine West pumps, $69, zappos.com
Get the Look: Trademark coat, $548, trade-mark.com; Thakoon Addition pullover, $330, intermixonline.com; Thomas Pink shirt, $350, us.thomaspink.com; Michael Michael Kors pants, $90, net-a-porter.com; GBGH rings, $50-$90, gbghjewelry.com; Lacoste sneakers, $70, zappos.com
—Styled by Ali Pew