Fall Fashion STYLE

Layering a Dress in the Fall

Layered Maroon Dress Over a Striped Turtleneck | www.cupcakesandthecosmos.com

Today I want to talk about a styling technique I’ve come to really take advantage of come fall–layering tops underneath dresses.

In the past, I’ve felt somewhat limited with what I can wear come November/December. If I’m not in some variation of pants or jeans, I’m in skirts with OTK boots. Don’t get me wrong, my go-to options are great! But sometimes I crave something a little different. And layering a dress seems to be the perfect solution.Layered Maroon Dress Over a Striped Turtleneck | www.cupcakesandthecosmos.com

I practically live in dresses in the summer.  (I mean…what could be easier than a one-and-done piece that is light and flowy in the sun?!) But somewhere around the beginning of November, I can’t seem to find any dresses warm enough to wear during the day.

Last fall, I discovered that layering a sweater over top was a fantastic way to extend the use of my summery dresses into fall (see here and here). So today I’m sharing another layering option for styling your dresses that I’ll be employing this season–layering a tissue turtleneck underneath your dress.
Layered Maroon Dress Over a Striped Turtleneck | www.cupcakesandthecosmos.com

Layered Maroon Dress Over a Striped Turtleneck | www.cupcakesandthecosmos.com

Perhaps I sound like a broken record at this point, but J.Crew’s tissue turtlenecks are a staple in my Fall/Winter wardrobe. If you haven’t discovered them, I highly recommend you try one! Whether you are wearing them underneath a sweater, pairing them with a sleeveless coat or vest, or layering them under a silky dress as I’ve done here, they are the perfect warmer layer that doesn’t add bulk.

I have the tissue turtleneck in a bunch of solid colors, but I find that having one in a fun striped pattern is also a good idea. Here, for instance, I love how the black and white stripes pair with the deep burgundy of the slip dress. I’ve found that having at least one pattern in the mix makes for a more interesting and cohesive look. It gives the appearance that you’ve put much more effort in than you actually have. 😉

Layered Maroon Dress Over a Striped Turtleneck | www.cupcakesandthecosmos.com

I also love a good slip dress, especially if it comes in a beautiful burgundy color such as this one. The slip dress I’ve styled here is a few years old from J. Crew Factory, but Everlane sells beautifully crafted slip dresses (responsibly made!) that I’ve been dying to try at some point. I’ve heard really great things about them.

The thing I like most about slip dresses is how easy they are to wear. I love that they are shape-flattering without being form-fittingly tight, making them the perfect layering pieces year-round.

Layered Maroon Dress Over a Striped Turtleneck | www.cupcakesandthecosmos.com

For this look, I paired all black accessories such as a black felt hat, my favorite black fringe purse (on super sale), and black booties to really highlight and bring out the striped pattern of the turtleneck. And little pops of color, such as a sparkly blue bracelet and shiny gold collar necklace add fun flare to the look.

Layered Maroon Dress Over a Striped Turtleneck | www.cupcakesandthecosmos.com

Layered Maroon Dress Over a Striped Turtleneck | www.cupcakesandthecosmos.com

A fun, versatile way to style your dresses right into fall!

Layered Maroon Dress Over a Striped Turtleneck | www.cupcakesandthecosmos.com

What about you? Have you tried layering a top under a dress in the fall?

You might also like…Maroon for Fall and How To Layer a Sweater Vest.

Photos by Noah Berg

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Get the Look…

Dress: J. Crew Factory (similar) | Top: J. Crew | Necklace: Madewell | Hat: H&M | Boots: Old Navy (similar) | Bracelet: J. Crew | Purse: Fossil

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