Perfect Pairings: Smart Fall Layering


Layering is nothing new, especially as temps dip and we’re all looking to keep warm. But this season, instead of piling on warm sweaters, blazers, and button-ups, we're doing things a little bit differently by focusing on layering strappy summer pieces over our fall staples. Keeping your warm weather wear at centre-stage is a fun way to showcase your dresses and tanks year-round – and it’s giving us major Clueless vibes, which is always a plus! Here are three winter-appropriate ways to layer your summer favs.

Halter dress + turtleneck
Don't put your favourite summer dress into storage just yet. A red halter dress over a white turtleneck is a sophisticated combo that really comes to life with shiny boots and a structured handbag. The halter neckline juxtaposed against the turtleneck makes the look feel intentional and balanced, and draws the eye upwards to your face. Dark pantyhose will you keep you warm as you rock up to your next dinner party.

Tank top + t-shirt
While it may not be your first instinct, layering a tank over your basic tee is a sure way to create a cool,‘90s-feeling outfit. When done right, you’ll look like a total fashion pro – the trick is finding a pairing that compliments each other, so try a few combos to hit the right one. We especially like this slightly longer sleeve on the tee balanced with thin straps on the tank, and for a casual night out, you can’t go wrong some fun pattern mixing. Wear this look with your favourite black jeans and some funky boots for a chic, party-ready outfit. Don’t forget to sweep on a little extra highlight for a night out!

Slip dress + blouse
Take a page out of Kendall Jenner’s playbook, and pair a silky slip dress with a button-up blouse. You could totally rock this at the office by paying attention to the details: reach for a dress with a longer hem to provide a bit more coverage, add pretty earrings to dress things up, and balance the ultra-feminine slip dress with a pair of menswear-inspired loafers to pull the look together and make sure it feels professional. Don’t be surprised if your coworkers steal your style!

Reach back into your closet for those summer pieces you thought you had said goodbye to until next spring, and be sure to tag us on Instagram with your layered look – we’d love to see what you put together!

Visit these St. Vital Centre retailers to shop the looks (check stores for availability):

Look #1 - Halter dress

White turtleneck: Hudson's Bay, $68.00
Burgundy shift dress: Garage, $20.00
Metallic boots: Hudson's Bay, $179.00
Green handbag: Aldo, $65

Look #2 - Tank top

Leopard cami: Hudson's Bay, $68.00
T-shirt: garage, $10.00
Black leggings: Dynamite, $49.95
Burnt orange suede boots: Call It Spring, $79.99
Animal print bag: Browns, $110.00

Look #3 - Slip dress

Striped button up: Dynamite, $39.95
Black silk dress: Hudson's Bay (Highline) $119.00
Platform loafers: Browns, $198.00
Dangly earrings: Le Chateau, $18.00
Black shoulder bag: Clarks, $79.98

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