Creative Runway-Inspired Ways to Layer Your Wardrobe for Fall

Layering is an essential part of any styling arsenal; when the weather gets chilly, we pile on the garments. But Fall 2013's runways urged us to do so strategically. Playing with length and silhouette, some of the ultra structured looks of recent seasons have been replaced, and in some cases incorporated into, new layered style. 

As if by request, some of our top designers finally put to bed one of our biggest fashion debates of recent years: are leggings pants? Can they be worn with merely a tunic or a top? Yes. And we now have permission to take it a step further, by layering actual pants underneath shift dresses and longer tops. Think of your leather (real or faux) pants and leggings as the base of an outfit. The first step to creating a chic ensemble piece by piece. 

The queen of cool, Isabel Marant, created the ultimate legging and bodycon pant collection by giving us monochrome looks that were accented by simple studded hems. Chances are you have similar pieces in your wardrobe already. Black leggings? A black tank? A sheer long-sleeved black top? A gray tunic or mini dress? A skinny scarf? One of her standout looks was a patterned T-shirt underneath a sheer black one-shoulder overlay. 

But Marant was far from the only designer in the layering hit category. From BCBGMaxAzria and Altuzarra to labels we might consider a bit more buttoned up like Ports 1961 and Mulberry, you're going to get an eyeful of inspiration. The next time you know you'll need extra layers to brave a rainy or snowy day, let this slideshow be your guide.