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October 1, 2014

Fall Layers: Unexpected Femininity for Cool & Cozy Nights

Layering for evening might initially conjure up bulky layers – and no one wants that for a night out. Whether you’re going for casual drinks, a nicer dinner, or a cocktail party, evening is a time to embrace your femininity. And layering can do just that. How? Pair a sleeveless tuxedo blazer with a pretty blouse or simple tank, a furry vest with a tee and some statement jewelry, or a skirt with slits revealing amazing layers of detail. Layering fabrics like lace and wool (or lace and silky rayons) will automatically dress up your look, too. And we’ve found some of the best items that create those combinations for you, so you can spend your time thinking about something else…like what you’re going to have for dessert.
Let us know what you think in the comments below. Check back tomorrow for "Fall Layers: Nonchalantly Cool…and Even Concealing, which Never Hurts". Whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered.
http://www.shopbop.com/grayce-slit-skirt-bcbgmaxazria/vp/v=1/1579336390.htm
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BCBGMAXAZRIA - Grayce Slit Skirt
Grayce Slit Skirt
BCBGMAXAZRIA
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We are always on the lookout for that perfect pencil skirt. It can come in a few forms, whether it's for work , a night out, or something casual. And here, we have found our new favorite for after 5 from contemporary line, BCBGMAXAZRIA. It has a flirty high slit, but you can see there is a layer of fabric peeking out at the top of the slit, which we absolutely adore. It keeps the skirt from being overtly sexy, and firmly – yet stylishly - demure. We love the juxtaposition of a mens inspired blouse that also has that unexpected touch of allure – wear it buttoned up or unbuttoned with a loosened tie. Complete the look with your favorite black pumps.
http://www.toryburch.com/stacy-dress/32142439.html Tory Burch - Stacy Dress
Tory Burch - Stacy Dress
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Tory Burch - Stacy Dress
Stacy Dress
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Oh, this long dress has it all. We love dressing up for a formal night with the ease of this beautifully weighted matte knit jersey fabric – the exquisite floral print is inspired from a vintage gown, which makes it truly special. But the piece that really blows us away, especially this week, is the inserted layer of accordion pleats on each side of the skirt. Sure, it gives additional ease of movement, but we simply love how it looks. What a unique interpretation of formal wear. Simply modern and timeless…and from Tory Burch. Wear it with a gold or nude sandal.

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/eliza-j-lace-bodice-stripe-fit-flare-dress/3806022 Eliza J - Lace Bodice Stripe Fit & Flare Dress
Eliza J - Lace Bodice Stripe Fit & Flare Dress
Another play on layering for a more formal night, Eliza J creates the look of a top and skirt in a dress. The styling of the top is quite flattering – a little muffin top from your stocking will be concealed with the overlay of the lace – and, of course, it is such a perfect compliment to the fun striped skirt. The belt detail at the waist is so flattering. The black and cobalt blue combination is not only perfect for the season, it allows you to easily wear black hose and shoes. And since it’s from Eliza J, you know the price is amazing.

http://www.rebeccataylor.com/refined-crepe-cutout-back-dress/invt/rt614939d365 Rebecca Taylor - Refined Crepe Cutout Back Dress
Rebecca Taylor - Refined Crepe Cutout Back Dress
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Rebecca Taylor - Refined Crepe Cutout Back Dress
Refined Crepe Cutout Back Dress
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We’re showing you the back of this Rebecca Taylor piece so you can see the amazing detail of the crossover panels that create this subtle layer effect. We really like how the back interest still allows you to wear a bra – that is so hard to find. It also has great waist detail, with the top creating a separate layer that ends at the waist. The skirt has pleats that flair out from there, so it’s very concealing and easy to wear. The fabric is crepe, which has a nice weight and fluidity to it – perfect for a cocktail party or shower. The fit is contemporary, but not small, like most Rebecca Taylor pieces, and it is lined. This bright, but more subdued version of blue looks great with black (especially suede or patent), nude, or metallic shoes.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446710508 Helmut Lang - Asymmetrical Draped Dress
Helmut Lang - Asymmetrical Draped Dress
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Helmut Lang - Asymmetrical Draped Dress
Asymmetrical Draped Dress
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Helmut Lang does an amazing job with their contemporary dresses. They always know exactly where to place the knotting and how to drape the fabrics to create absolutely flattering and stylishly sexy dresses for a date night. This one is a real winner. The simple modal fabric is sheer, but most of the body – except for the arms and bottom of the hem in the back – are doubled, so it is not see-through and actually helps smooth. The knotting at the hip creates a drape of fabric across the middle and hips, just where we need it most. Dress this up with simple sexy heels or keep it a little more casual with booties.
http://www.shopbop.com/stella-top-ella-moss/vp/v=1/1556795358.htm Ella Moss - Stella Top
Ella Moss - Stella Top
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Ella Moss - Stella Top
Stella Top
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Sometimes, we just need an easy top for a night out that isn’t a tee or something we’d wear to the office. This Ella Moss, known for their feminine and comfortable casual contemporary styles, will do the trick and more. The elastic waist is slimming, while the longer length helps conceal in the hip area. The layered effect of the top's draped panels over its simple tank layer is easy, yet stylish. Add a chunky necklace and your favorite pair of jeans.

http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Diane-von-Furstenberg-Lace-Front-Pullover-Sweater/prod171420149_cat13770760__/p.prod Diane von Furstenberg - Lace-Front Pullover Sweater
Diane von Furstenberg - Lace-Front Pullover Sweater
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Diane von Furstenberg - Lace-Front Pullover Sweater
Lace-Front Pullover Sweater
Diane von Furstenberg
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A little layer of lace is always a great way to dress up anything, in our opinion. Whether you wear this DVF sweater with your favorite jeans, black pants, or a fresh midi skirt, you’ll get tons of use out of this classically stylish piece…now and as we get into the holiday season.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/525-America-Sleeveless-Short-Fur-Vest-Black/prod174870367___/p.prod 525 America - Sleeveless Short Fur Vest
525 America - Sleeveless Short Fur Vest
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525 America - Sleeveless Short Fur Vest
Sleeveless Short Fur Vest
525 America
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As the weather cools, and the holidays become a not-so-distant idea, we always like to start having some fun with textures and furs. Can’t you just see yourself by a fireplace in a cozy restaurant or at a friend’s house in this vest from 525 America? Layering it over a simple black sleeveless dress or shirtdress effortlessly creates a stylish and more fun look, that you can pair with your favorite booties. But it’s equally cool with a pair of jeans and your favorite button down or long-sleeve tee. Pologeorgis, a fabulous fur manufacturer offers a slightly more casual version, with a great ribbing detail at the waist. It can be worn the same way, though.

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/sanctuary-faux-leather-trim-sleeveless-blazer/3825987 Sanctuary - Faux Leather Trim Sleeveless Blazer
Sanctuary - Faux Leather Trim Sleeveless Blazer
Sanctuary’s smart sleeveless blazer in a subtle pinstripe is the perfect layer for a stylish night out. And there are so many ways to play with it. Of course, it looks great with jeans and simple white tank, as shown. But we like to dress it up a little more. Play up the tuxedo inspiration with these Joie pants that also have a touch of leather – in a tuxedo stripe down the side. And go with a feminine blouse in ivory (long sleeve or sleeveless) or black with lace. Add a sexy pair of pumps and you’ve created a perfectly sophisticated and spicy look.

 

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