spring layering pieces Aimé Leon Dore Heron Preston Raf Simons
Highsnobiety / Eva Al Desnudo

Coat season may be in its final days, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be immune from layering for the foreseeable. A short- or long-sleeved T-shirt during the day won’t have your back when the sun goes down, which is why its important to have some essential layering pieces in your arsenal for the month ahead.

Below we’ve outlined a few key pieces to invest in for ultimate layering versatility in the months ahead, from the always classic denim shirt to the best of this season’s fleeces.

Scroll on to see all our picks.

The Denim Shirt

Is there anything denim can’t do? Versatile and durable, a denim shirt works perfectly as a layering piece thanks to its light weight and ability to look great under jackets and as an outer layer over T-shirts for off-duty vibes.

Distressed, smart, or sporting workwear-inspired contrast stitching, a good denim shirt will keep you looking effortlessly cool for a lifetime (or at least a couple of years). Rock with a tee underneath for ultimate laid-back vibes. Peep particularly steezy options below including logo-embroidered Ralph Lauren and a more contemporary option by Raf Simons.

Slim Fit Button Down Denim Shirt

Polo Ralph Lauren

$125

Denim Submarine Shirt

Bleu de Paname

$105

Tape and Patch Denim Shirt

Raf Simons

$345

Denim Shirt

Prada

$840

The Vest

Sleeveless, padded, and originally intended for countryside outings and sports activities, the vest may be the most quintessential layering piece of all – easily packable, keeping you cozy all day when needed and offering respite from warmer sleeved jackets when bulkier options are a bit too much.

Vests are currently being embraced by all kinds of fashion brands, and the best can be found from workwear and techwear-heavy brands. Of course, brands such as Stüssy are a no-brainer, with easy-to-pair vests at affordable price-points, while fashion-forward additions to your ’fits come care of C2H4 and 032c.

Poly Cotton Work Vest

Stüssy

$155

Cosmic Workshop Vest

032c

$126

“FM-2030” SD Card Layered Vest

C2H4

$330

Tool Vest

Heron Preston

$578

The Fleece

The fleece has come a long way since its outdoorsy dad connotations, with the Patagonia classic having been championed by style icons such as Shia LaBeouf and more recently Kendall Jenner. Perhaps the coziest layering piece of all, a good fleece jacket or pullover is an essential next step from the winter coat in-between seasons, now sporting exciting prints and designs ranging from color-blocked styles to geometric shapes.

When it comes to layering pieces, you can always count on Nike for ultra-comfortable, functional styles, like this recent jacket from its ACG subline. For those looking to add a pop of color to their spring ’fits, however, we’re particularly into these Aimé Leon Dore and Acne Studios pieces.

ACG Fleece Jacket

Nike

$150

Polar Fleece

Aimé Leon Dore

$149