September is a tricky month. While it’s easy to believe that summer is nearly over when you’re shivering on your morning commute, it seems really strange that you’re seeing pumpkin spice everything as afternoon temps climb into the 80’s. With such mercurial weather, you may wonder if it’s possible for a mere mortal to achieve all day comfort. It is, with just one simple trick – layers. Here are three of our favorite methods for layering your way to a perfect microclimate.

 Vest up –  Vests are an incredible layering solution. On their own, they provide just the right amount of core warmth for an early fall morning. If you get warm and need to lose a layer, they’re compact and easy to carry. Plus, the lack of sleeves helps you to avoid redundant underarm fabric, if you want to use them under another jacket on a particularly cold day.

Shown: 1. Patagonia Retro Pile Fleece Vest – $119, 2. Patagonia Classic Retro-X Vest – $149

 Add a scarf – Scarves are amazingly versatile  for climate control. Wear it as a wrap, and it’s just the right weight for keeping a morning chill at bay. When the afternoon heat hits, wear it around your neck to add a little polish to your outfit or tie it as a headband. Check out these 5 reasons we love scarves for more creative solutions.

Shown: Assorted Scarves – $14.99 each

Cover those toes – I always struggle with cold toes and I really love boots, so I’m always an early season adopter of close toed footwear. If you’re not quite ready to take the leap, give sockos (Chaco sandals + socks = sockos) a try. They’re a great way to get a little coverage, and show off  awesome socks (like our sweet Socksmith designs). Plus, they’re easy to shed if you get warm.

Shown: 1. Sorel Joan of Arctic Wedge Chelsea – $200, 2. Socksmith Sloth Bling Socks – $8, 3. Chaco Frontier Waterproof Boot $170, 4. Socksmith Sushi Socks $10