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Split-Back Tweed Crop-Top Dress
Rebecca Taylor
Sold by: Saks Fifth Avenue

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Everyone has embraced the crop top lately. Let’s rephrase that – the crop top is everywhere this season. Some of us are solidly NOT embracing it. The truth is, everyone can embrace it – just find the way that’s appropriate for you. We think a cropped silhouette is extremely flattering (and appropriate for all ages) when layered over another piece. This Rebecca Taylor dress executes this look beautifully. By creating this cropped layer over a fit-and-flare style, it really accentuates the waist and makes it look downright tiny. This contemporary fitting dress is great for a nicer dinner or evening activity, especially if it’s business- related, with it’s herringbone tweed fabrication and beautifully high v-neckline. The back looks open, but there is a black fabric upper to the dress.

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09/30/2014

Fall Layers: an Essential Style Statement…and a Trend

Layering. Can something that we do to stay warm actually be a fashion choice? This season it can. With ‘90’s influences everywhere (didn’t we just live through the ‘90’s? how can we be ready to repeat it?), we see young girls wrapping flannel shirts around their waists and oversized sweaters being worn over slips. Here’s a rule we generally try to live by… if you were around to wear the trend the first time, you need to get creative with it the next time around. Now, that doesn’t mean you can’t wear it – it just needs to be tweaked for the “you” that you’ve become. So, that brings us back to this layering business. We are big fans of the very modern and sophisticated way many lines have designed the look of layering right into one piece. For example, a sweater designed to look like you are wearing a woven shirt underneath; or, a skirt with an asymmetrical finish and interesting fabric work that creates the look of layering. Even color blocking is used to create that same effect. The beauty of this is, of course, the ease. While there are great layering options out there – and we’ll show you some of those, too – we know that you are all busy women. Instead of finding that button-down blouse that is slim enough and just the right length on you to work under that sweater that has just the right hemline to go with it – when you’re trying to get ready for work and/or get the kids out the door – we’ve found options that take care of it for you. There’s no reason you still can’t look like you put all the effort in. We won’t tell.

Take a look at a few of our favorites here, and then head over to Fashion Finds, to see more of our favorites for work, after 5, and casual dressing.
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Bailey 44 - Asymmetrical Paneled Striped Jersey Dress
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Bailey 44 - Asymmetrical Paneled Striped Jersey Dress
Asymmetrical Paneled Striped Jersey Dress
Bailey 44
Sold by: Saks Fifth Avenue

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Bailey 44 always has the right mix of feminine and stylish in their contemporary line. Using ruching and draping, they’ve created a very flattering look of layered fabrics that covertly hide any of your bits that you’re self-conscious about, while accentuating your waist and creating an hourglass effect. Even the material draws the eye in the right directions, narrowing the waist and hips with the direction of the stripes. This is soft and easy, with just the right amount of stretch –perfect for the office or a night out. It looks great with booties and black tights, as the weather cools. They also do a softer grey version that is equally stylish.
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J. Crew - Merino Shirttail Sweater
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J. Crew - Merino Shirttail Sweater
Merino Shirttail Sweater
J. Crew
Sold by: J. Crew

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Not to be outdone, J. Crew – a brand, like Mark Shale, built on a stylish and classically modern look – has created several versions of a layered shirt and sweater look that are a bit more relaxed and just as amazing. The casual ease of a shirttail hem poking out of a sweater always looks great – as long as your sweater’s hem isn’t too fitted (it can bunch up the shirt). No worries here. With the shirt being built right in, you know it’s going to lay just right. And the hemline of the sweater is just a little cropped, so you get to see more of the shirt, while keeping this piece from looking oversized. It creates a trim look that is flattering in any of the large range of sizes it comes in. J. Crew offers several versions - this one is our favorite, as we appreciate the heather olive sweater combination with the beautiful fall floral of the woven. They do have a stripe combination, a solid sweater and blue woven combination, as well as a couple of great neutrals, too. They clearly stand behind this look, and we couldn’t agree more.

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Alice + Olivia - V Neck Collared Sweater
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Alice + Olivia - V Neck Collared Sweater
V Neck Collared Sweater
Alice + Olivia
Sold by: Shopbop

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By far, we feel this interpretation of the layering trend is the one that suits the Mark Shale woman’s aesthetic absolutely perfectly – the layer of a woven shirt under a sweater. It’s stylish and modern, yet classic and perfect for work to evening to brunch. The slim fitting wool sweater from Alice + Olivia is knit in a cable pattern, just adding to its timeless perfection. Since you’re not actually layering a full button-down shirt under it, the sweater lays smoothly, making it easy to add a blazer over this look. And if that all doesn’t make it a great find, it gets even better…the white cuffs are removable and the shirt placket can be unbuttoned, so you can create different looks all with this one sweater, which makes it a great travel piece. Alice & Olivia has a heathered crewneck sweater version that we equally adore.
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Bailey 44 - Psychosis Asymmetrical Colorblock Sweater
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Bailey 44 - Psychosis Asymmetrical Colorblock Sweater
Psychosis Asymmetrical Colorblock Sweater
Bailey 44
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Bailey 44 has found a great way to incorporate both color blocking and asymmetrical finishes to create that layered look. And it comes out looking fabulously unfussy. The color combination of grey, black and a shot of cobalt blue are just so beautiful, and they really win us over with the hemline that follows the curves of the grey and blue blocks of color. Don’t worry, these don’t edge up above your pant line. Soft black twill jeans look great with this, as shown (click through the “shop it” button and scroll the middle of the page for these yummy ones from JBrand), but you can dress it with simple, slim black trousers, too.
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Kate Spade - Oversize Wool Cardigan
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Kate Spade - Oversize Wool Cardigan
Oversize Wool Cardigan
Kate Spade
Sold by: Nordstrom

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Color blocking is a great way to create the illusion of layering and give just a pop of colorful interest to a classic piece. Kate Spades’ soft wool and cashmere cardigan has a playfully bold pop of fuchsia in the sleeve that looks like a long sleeve under a short sleeved grey cardigan at first glance. It’s such a great color, you don’t need to do much else to complete your look. A simple white, grey or black tank or tee to layer under it will do just the trick. The modern fit of this oversize sweater will feel wonderful with your favorite skinny jeans or black ponte pants.
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Tory Burch - Jess Convertible Jacket
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Tory Burch - Jess Convertible Jacket
Jess Convertible Jacket
Tory Burch
Sold by: Tory Burch

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We just adore what Tory Burch has done with this wool jacket – it is just so stylish, yet deceivingly practical. The cape is actually detachable creating a dramatic layer…only when you want it. Click through the “shop it” button to see the clean styling of the jacket on its own. Capes are a big trend this year, and we love treating it as a shorter layer over a jacket –in this way, it won’t overwhelm even more petite women. This jacket (with and without cape) is the perfect finishing touch to jeans and boots, as well as a great skirt and tights or wooly trousers. You’ll be able to wear it with most everything.
 

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