How to Style A Chic and Sleek Layered Sweater Outfit High and Low

As fall moves into November, it’s getting cooler, and you will need some extra layers before heading out. Whether it’s for work or a family get-together, you’ll want to stay comfortable and still look fashionable. This time of year the weather can be unpredictable, so the best way to go is with layered sweaters. That way you can take a piece off if you get too (hot flash) warm, or stay cozy if you are chilly. To get the look you can invest in high-end designer pieces you will wear for years to come, or try it out with low-priced items. Or simply mix up the designer pieces and the inexpensive pieces for a high low look. Here is an easy way to style a chic and sleek layered sweater outfit high and low.

Layered Sweater Outfit High and Low

If you are like me, when the weather is chilly, you don’t want to wear anything tight or restrictive, yet you don’t want to look too bundled up or frumpy. A charcoal wrap over a slim fitting knit turtleneck tucked into jeans is the answer. If you need a new style of jeans, a pair of black straight leg jeans will be a welcome addition to your closet this season. If you have been wearing skinny jeans for the past handful of years, you will see how comfortable the slightly wider leg feels and this style is super flattering too. Finish off the look with a designer belt (or look-alike) a perfect 2″ heel pair of black ankle boots, and a small sleek neutral colored shoulder bag.

The Wrap Sweater

A charcoal color wrap picks up a little more light and detail than solid black. It can be worn with everything and looks fabulous with its subtle tonal contrast when you wear it with black. Nothing is more luxurious than cashmere like this Madeleine Thompson wrap for $437. But you can get the look for quite a bit less with this Treasure & Bond Oversize Ruana for $49. And it has fringe, which is a fall trend we see continuing next year as well.


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A Bright Rib-Knit Turtleneck

A slim fitting turtleneck is a base layer you can wear all season. It won’t add too much bulk under a ruana, and it tucks in your jeans nicely. Besides it will keep you warm! And if you get too warm, you can simply remove the wrap. Choose any color but why not try a bright shot of yellow like this Tory Burch Rib Knit Turtleneck for $328? Or if you are not sure about the color (which is totally on trend by the way) you can try it out for only $26.20 with this Amazon Essentials Women’s Slim-fit Lightweight Long-Sleeve Turtleneck Sweater.

The Straight Leg Jeans

I like the polished look of high-waist jeans like these Goldsign Morgan Straight-Leg Jeans for $325. If you wear jeans almost every day, you may want to invest in a premium pair like these. Order a few sizes to get the best fit, and don’t worry about the number on the tag! Sometimes it is better to go up a size and you will actually look slimmer. Or you can try a moderately priced brand like NYDJ. We have heard they fit may women well (and I like them too!). These NYDJ Marilyn Straight Leg Jeans in black will serve you well for $109.

The Designer Belt

Take a cue from Lauren who invests in designer belts (Gucci belts are her trademark) but wears them almost every day! It really completes an outfit from dressy to casual. Pull together this outfit with a classic black Gucci Leather belt with Double G buckle in gold tone for $480. But if you don’t wear belts that often or are experimenting with belts you can pick up this Halogen Double Ring Leather Belt for only $39.

A Sleek Small Shoulder Bag

A black shoulder bag will always work with this look but it’s time to lighten up! A small size that can fit all you essential yet is light and easy to carry is ideal. A tan colored bag like this Saint Laurent Leather Shoulder Bag makes a great investment because you can wear it for a decade – or more! You will need to pay $1,850 the bag, or you can get the look (at a quick glance) with this ASOS Design Curved Shoulder Bag with Chain Link Strap in tan for a mere $30. (I mean a really quick glance, because nothing beats a gorgeous YSL handbag.)

The Black Ankle Boots

Year after year I have sought out the perfect pair of ankle boots. They need to be stylish, a pair you can walk in, and versatile enough to wear with pants and jeans as well as with tights with skirts and dresses. These drool-worthy black Saint Laurent Vassily Leather Ankle Boots for $1,095 are selling out fast, because they check all the boxes. But you can get a similar toe shape and heel with these Chinese Laundry Filip Chelsea Booties in black for $119.95. You can decide!

Shop This Layered Sweater Outfit High or Low


Madeleine Thompson Cashmere Wrap, $437

Tory Burch Rib Knit Turtleneck, $328

Goldsign Morgan High-Rise Straight-Leg Jeans, $325

Saint Laurent Vassily Leather Ankle Boots, $1,095

Saint Laurent Leather Shoulder Bag in Tan, $1,850

Gucci Leather Belt with Double G Buckle, $480

Total for High End Outfit: $4515


Treasure & Bond Oversize Ruana, $49

Amazon Essentials Women’s Slim-fit Lightweight Long-Sleeve Turtleneck Sweater, $26.20

NYDJ Marilyn Straight Leg Jeans, $109

Halogen Double Ring Leather Belt, $39

ASOS Design Curved Shoulder Bag with Chain Link Strap in Tan, $30

Chinese Laundry Filip Chelsea Bootie, $119.95

Total for Low Price Outfit: $373.15

How would you wear this look? Would you style it high or low?

Carol Calacci

You may also like to read How to Style A Comfy and Chic Travel Outfit High and Low and How to Style a Chic and Casual Fall 2021 Outfit High Low.

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