Looking at my last few outfit-of-the-day posts, I realize that a bit of sameness has somehow crept-into my wardrobe game of late; a kind of comfort-dressing that comes from picking that same uniform that you know will make you feel good at this dark, cold time of year.  It's the sartorial equivalent of craving Kraft Mac & Cheese - you know you need to branch-out and get other things into your diet, but it just feels so right.

So I thought I'd try something a bit dressier today…with layers. Historically, I kind of suck at layers. I find that I don't really think in layers, being the type of person who likes to put on one thing and go. I love a warm-weather vacation, where I can just count the days and put one sundress into the suitcase for each day and be done. That's really my favourite kind of dressing. Easy.

This black and white dress (last seen here) is from Zara a few seasons back. As soon as I layered-up this dress with a white shirt and tights, I realized just how much I have been missing by not thinking about layering-up my dresses more often. While there is no doubt that this dress can speak very well for itself, there's something sort of cool about the way it looks with a shirt underneath. I look like I'm on my way to work in one of those creative offices that expects you to look nice but also allows you to bring your dog. While it's still freezing-cold out here, I feel like I'm actually more dressed for the weather with these layers, as inadequate as they may be against the elements without a coat. But I could easily fit a coat on over this look. No problem. I just didn't for the pictures… wouldn't want to go too crazy. I'm just trying to break myself into this whole layering thing gently.

Zara dress (old), similar / Donna Karan tights (old), similar / Dune booties (old), similar / LL Bean blouse (old), similar / Calvin Klein vest via TK Maxx, similar, sterling and mother of pearl ring (old), similar

Shared with: Not Dead Yet Style, Not Dressed as Lamb, Elegantly Dressed and Stylish, Style Nudge


  1. Great layering - and fab tights! I am in a "uniform" today, of jeans, tee and topper. It's not as tasty as Mac and Cheese, but it does feel good : > Thanks for linking,


  2. I have to agree with you on the way that a shirt and tights can really affect such change to a simple dress. Like you, I think I suck at layering, but maybe I ought to be trying it out too. The whole look is very sweet on you, but in a sleek, styled way if you get what I mean. Love those tights and boots together x
    Anna's Island Style


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