Lay it on

As the weather cools, we're hoping to extend the time when we can socialize outdoors as long as possible. Bringing a little style to your backyard/front porch look while maintaining warmth and comfort is all about investing in the right layers. Below, Jen put together outfits using a few favorite (super wearable and versatile) pieces available this season.

Rag & Bone blazer; Rag & Bone wrap; G. Label sweater. Rag & Bone boot; RE/DONE jean.

The Rag & Bone "Slade" blazer (shown above and below) is an essential piece to have in your closet. Whether you work in an office or think of yourself as a "blazer person" or not, trust that this one will become a favorite. The knit material is soft and comfortable. You can scrunch up the sleeves. You can layer it (see look above). You can wear it buttoned up as a shirt/sweater (see look below). And it comes in beautiful colors like loden green and black in addition to the navy shown here.

Rag & Bone blazer. Isabel Marant cap; Mother denim; Nordstrom scarf.

Rag & Bone dress; Isabel Marant coat; Rag & Bone wrap.

Wearing a dress to an outdoor event in the fall might not come immediately to mind, but this dress by Rag & Bone is as comfortable and warm as it gets. Made of wool, it still feels soft and you can add tights as an extra layer. We like it with the oversized Isabel Marant coat above and a boot, or just throw on a wrap like this cozy one from Rag & Bone.

Sacai vest; Herno vest; Sacai top; Rag & Bone hoodie; Nili Lotan sweatshirt; J. Crew sweater (on sale for $54, reduced from $95); RE/DONE denim; Mother denim; Rag & Bone boot.

A great puffer vest is a key addition to your outdoor look this season. It leans toward winter without going too far. The Sacai vest at top left is cut beautifully and gets all of the little details right. At top right, the three-quarter sleeve vest by Herno is light as a feather but very warm. Herno's quality is always top-notch. Either of these is an upgrade to your standard sporty vest.

We like a vest over any of the tops pictured - ideal for layering. From left, the Sacai piece has a knit front and shirting back, a great piece for three seasons and so special. The Rag & Bone hoodie is a super warm sweater (in cashmere) with a nod toward activewear. It can be worn under ANY coat or blazer for extra warmth and style. The Nili Lotan sweatshirt is a great basic with a twist - the boat neck and distressed sleeve give it a little something. And last, we love this very soft turtleneck by J. Crew. A great price and perfect to throw on with jeans for the weekend.

RE/DONE cardigan; G. Label sweater; Mother denim; Rag & Bone wrap; Sacai vest; Nordstrom scarf.

Here's a great base outfit built around an oversized cardigan by RE/DONE. It has a subtle 90s vibe that is back in style. It's a handy piece to throw over an otherwise neutral outfit like the all-black G. Label sweater and Mother jean above. You can wear the sweater with a little belt by itself or throw a layer on top.

Isabel Marant jacket; J. Crew sweater; Nili Lotan sweatshirt; Rag & Bone hoodie; RE/DONE denim; Mother denim; Rag & Bone boot.

This jacket by Isabel Marant is an oversized piece with a hint of lumberjack. To pull this off, you have to be comfortable with the oversized look. If you are, it's perfect for being outdoors since it's really thick and warm. Roll the sleeves, pop the collar and throw it over the simple layers above.

A quick word on these boots by Rag & Bone, shown with all of today's outfits - these are absolutely perfect for this time of year. The mix of suede and leather and the dark charcoal and black is very chic. And the rubber soles will keep your feet warm and comfortable, even if you're standing around outside.