An Easy Guide To Layering With Dresses

I’m back with another dress layering post because I’m that committed to rocking my dresses all cold season long (see more tips here). And, it is totally doable. Using an under-$30 midi dress, I’m sharing just how easy dress layering is when it’s cold outside.

Layering outfits is an easy way to make a look more visually interesting. So, when it’s necessary to layer, outfits are so much cooler. Layering without adding unnecessary bulk though? That is always the tricky part.

dress layering

What I’m Wearing:

Chain print midi dress (under $30) | Coat (option) | Scarf (similar, similar)

 Tights | Booties c/o

1. Tights are a must

Perfect wintry weather looks begin with tights, especially when wearing dresses. On days that are seriously cold, tights under pants might become necessary too. Under dresses, though, tights add an essential and stylish layer of warmth.

2. Boots are your best friend

From ankle boots to knee-high boots, no shoe can hold down your perfectly layered look like a complementary pair of boots. In this look, I went for my new favorite high ankle boots.

3. A coat (or two) always works

Layering on a coat is an obvious way to stay warm, but a coat can also adds texture, dimension, and hence loads of interest to your look. This season, you can go the extra mile by doubling up on your coats (more on that here).

4. Scarves are essential

A chunky scarf is such an essential layer. It protects your neck (and perhaps even your face and head). With the right scarf, you can add color, print, and texture to your outfit. I went for a monochromatic vibe with my scarf.

Cheers to the Weekend: Restyling a Shirt Dress

Happy Friday! I shot a campaign for a local liquor brand that I love (learn more about that here) recently. I knew I would be taking images for the campaign in the most colorful bar in St. Louis–El Burro Loco. So, I wanted a look that was toned down in color but strong in shape and silhouette. I decided, then, to do a little restyling of my Joie shirt dress (seen before here) because it met both demands.

restyling joie sephira dress

What I’m wearing:

Dress (on mega SALE, also here) | Ponte knit leggings | Booties (similar)

Eyes: Urban Decay Born to Run palette | Lip: Urban Decay Vice lipstick (Marfa)

Of course, I was instantly drawn to this dress because of its dramatic puff sleeves. I fell more in love with it because it’s so versatile. It has buttons up the front and the sides for all kinds of styling possibilities. For this campaign, I wore the dress like a tunic over leggings and played with the buttons, by leaving them undone in the front and the sides.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Interested in this dress? It’s available (and on sale) at a few retailers:

H&M x Moschino Collection Launches After Hiccup

H&M designer collections send fashion lovers into a frenzy every year. So, when news broke in April 2018 that the Italian fashion brand Moschino would be this year’s designer collaboration, fashionistas everywhere started outlining their shopping strategies.

If you live in a city with an H&M store offering the collection, you met long lines of people hoping to grab a piece of Jeremy Scott’s wild imagination. For the rest of us, the collection was expected to launch online at 8 a.m. ET, but we were instead met with the following notification for 30 minutes.

H&M x Moschino

After infamous site crashes around major designer collaborations in the past, you wouldn’t expect this to happen in 2018. But, it took H&M about 30 minutes to take the collection live online.

Here’s some of what you can expect to see. But, be sure to check out the entire collection here.

Denim jacket | Leather dress | Earrings | Swimsuit | Belt | Slide sandals

Browse the entire H&M x Moschino Collection

Check out this list of all the major designer collaborations in 2018.

How To Run Errands In Style This Holiday Season

No surprise. Here at Economy of Style, we think that style is important. We believe that how we assemble outfits communicates something about us, which is inherently personally satisfying. Our style says something about how we think. So, even when running errands, we want that message to be clear and accurate. What’s the struggle then? Balancing comfort with our styles. It’s totally doable though. Keep reading for my errand style formula.

errand style

What I’m wearing:

Coat c/o | Striped top | Jeans c/o | Bag | Ankle boots c/o | Ear Climbers

Eyes: Urban Decay Naked Cherry palette | Lip: Urban Decay “Cherry” lipstick

Wear Chic Separates As Comfortable As Sweats

I own 3 pairs of jeans that are as stretchy and comfortable as sweats. The thing is these jeans look ten times as chic and more polished than my best sweats. Furthermore, rocking separates makes it easy to hit that fitting room in Tarjayt (or wherever) even though you didn’t intend to shop for yourself nor shop for clothing. You know it’s going to happen, so be ready.

Slip On Shoes You Can Stand Or Walk In All Day

Nothing ruins an outfit (or your entire day) quicker than a pair of shoes that hurt. Ouch. So, for errands, I reach for a sharp pair of sneakers, worn-in flats, or in this case, a super stylish pair of ankle boots. These booties are sharp with a modern silhouette. The best part, though, is they’re super comfortable right out of the box.

Add A Bright layer

It’s me. You know I couldn’t resist adding something bright to my errand style. This belted coat is a favorite because its Butterscotch color is so cheerful. The coat is also super soft. It feels like you’re wearing a hug. Since it’s belted, it’s easy to put on and take off too.

Reach For A Crossbody Bag For Handsfree Movements

If you’re busy running errands, chances are your hands are busy too. Nothing beats a crossbody bag when you need to move handsfree. See this Louis Vuitton Croisette wallet on chain also worn here and here.

What’s your errand style?

Go-To Pieces For Errand Style:

The Best Snake Print Styles To Wear Right Now

One thing is certain this fall. Animal prints are taking over. We’ve talked a lot about leopard prints already because leopard prints are my top choice for walking on the wild side (read more here, here, and here). But, there are endless options. Today, let’s talk about another one of those options–snake prints. Be sure to check out all the top snake print styles at the end of the post.

snake print

What I’m wearing:

Blouse | Ponte leggings | Booties | Gucci Belt Bag | Earrings

Eyes: Urban Decay Naked Cherry palette | Lip: Urban Decay “Cherry” lipstick

I found my blouse at Zara. I was immediately drawn to the style because of the striking snake print. It’s a dark and moody take on the print. I was also drawn to the flowy fit and luxe-looking fabric on the blouse.

Given the oversized fit of the blouse, I have the option of wearing it as a tunic with ponte knit leggings. So, I did just that. Doing so gave me the perfect excuse to bring out my new Naturalizer boots. They’ve got a beautiful slouchy design and a slightly higher shaft than a typical ankle boot.

In lieu of a belt to cinch the waist of the oversized top, I added my go-to Gucci super mini bag, wearing it as a belt bag. This little bag was a big investment, but a year later, I’m still reaching for it often. And, I’ve gotten so much wear out of it already (see examples here, herehere, and here).

Like my gorgeous circle earrings with the pearl accent? They come in the coolest gift set of earrings at J.Crew Factory (explore the set here).

Be sure to check out some more of my favorite wild prints at the end of this post.

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