With autumn temperatures variable — chilly on the greenway in the morning, but warmer in the afternoon sun — mid-layers for cycling that are easily shed and compact to carry go a long way toward keeping your core cozy. Thinner, lightweight down vests that can be worn under blazers or jackets fit the bill. So do finely knit sweaters of merino wool, preferably with buttons or zippers at the neck for climate control while pedaling. Simple wool road cycling jerseys also serve double duty for casual rides in jeans.

Here are 8 favorite autumn layering options for women and men to wear for commuting or traveling around town in style. Addition of light knit gloves and a scarf help shore up drafts on a breezy rides. Check slideshow links for more color choices.

Top photo: Rapha Women’s Long Sleeve Merino Jersey, $180

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  • Athleta Downaliscious Women's Vest, $138

  • Icebreaker Express Women's Long Sleeve Merino Half Zip, $119

  • Ibex Women's Carrie Wool Boucle Vest, $140

  • Nau Men's Down Shirt, $225

  • Giro New Road Men's Insulated Vest, $160

  • Mission Workshop Men's Torre Merino Hooded Zip-Up Sweater, $235

  • Chrome Men's Merino Cobra Full Zip Sweater, $150

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