Fall’s Easy Third Pieces

While it’s still blazing hot throughout most of the country, we’re looking forward to wearing fall’s go-to third pieces—the capes, jackets and vests that instantly complete any look.

1 – Heritage Jackets. Equestrian-inspired tweeds and plaids mix with suede and feminine tailoring to bring a touch of country-manor charm to your fall wardrobe. And the mini-proportioned version—the shrunken blazer—features big in your layering scheme when worn over tunic-length blouses. [Pictured: Willow & Clay Plaid Riding Jacket]

2 – Capes. Romantic, intriguing and dramatic, capes make us yearn for the nip of fall weather. But as versatile as they are eye-catching, capes crave balance—slim pants and platform-heeled booties will do the trick. [Pictured: Juicy Couture ‘Jane’ Wool Blend Cape]

3 – Vests. Woolly, furry or simply sleek, wear a vest over your long-sleeve bow blouses for a groovy boho-girl vibe. For a borrowed-from-the-BF look, try a vest in a toned-down texture over a plaid button-down. [Pictured: Sanctuary ‘Natalie’ Faux Fur Vest]

4 – Leather Jackets. Toughen up fall’s fluidly femme dresses and blouses—without going to Sturgis-level extremes—with buttery leather jackets that boast moto-inspired zippers and collars, and even a little Easy Rider fringe. [Pictured: Andrew Marc Crop Lambskin Leather Jacket]

5 – Knit Blazers. Give a bit of polish to understated tees with structured blazers and jackets, softened up for fall in refined knit fabrications. [Pictured: Bailey 44 ‘Joie de Vivre’ Knit Jacket]