How to Layer to Dress Down an Outfit

The holidays may long been over, but there are some holiday styles so fly that we might want to hang on to them until spring officially gets here. Velvet, last holiday’s most luscious fabric, is something I’m not quite ready to let go. So, to make one of my favorite velvet pieces, a velvet jumpsuit (seen before here), work right now, I’m doing some J.Crew-inspired layering to dress it down.

In a recent J.Crew style guide, the brand’s stylists used key denim pieces, like jean jackets and chambray shirts, to add a hip vibe to fancy tulle dresses and velvet items. I immediately saw myself doing something similar. My J.Crew Factory gingham shirt, an old favorite, has the perfect fit for layering. Furthermore, gingham has a casual vibe like chambray. So, I decided to see what it would look like layered under my jumpsuit. It worked.

Gingham shirt | Velvet jumpsuit (sold out) | Dot pumps (old) | Stunna lip paint

To add a spring element to this layered look, I added my old circle lace pumps to create a fun mix of prints with the gingham shirt.

Talking about layering, I have two beautiful 14K necklaces from Diamonds Direct that are also perfect for layering. They are both initial necklaces, a “P” in diamonds (get a closer look here) and an “S” etched in gold.

Layer necklaces

Location: Midtown, St. Louis

Cool shirts to layer with:


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