Today I'm wearing a sheer black layered top with a tank dress on top. This is a great way to still wear tops or dresses that previously were only wearable in warmer temperatures, or hidden under blazers and jackets. Instead of hiding the cool side and back detailing under layers, put it on top! Sheer shirts like this are great for adding warmth and interest without appearing too bulky with a dress on top
Tank: Urban Outfitters, Brand Silence and Noise, Size SMALL
Socks: Thigh High Black socks, Target
I'm wearing a nude bra under the sheer shirt- since the top has back and side straps, you can wear a bra and still have it concealed. A flesh toned one works best. If you plan on wearing the top alone, however, make sure you wear a tank layered under it!
This looks like a new take on a typical long sleeved dress. It has the same silhouette, but you're pairing different pieces in your closet to create a totally new dress! It's warm, cute, different and surprising.
Just because it's cold doesn't mean you still can't look cute. Here's the jacket I pair with this look:
Coat: Knitted Dove the "Willoughby" coat, size: XSMALL, $88 from Von Maur
This jacket is perfect for my body type because it's shape enhancing features: The cinched waist emphasizes my small build, while creating the illusion of fuller hips with the short A line hem. The zipper only runs half way to create a more dress-like appearance instead of regular coat. The hem is shorter than the dress, so the black color pops against the cream. This doesn't entirely cover your cute outfit and the contrast between the colors is cute on its own right. This is where the socks truly shine- they look so cute paired with the jacket as opposed to regular leggings. They keep you warm while keeping things interesting! It is FREEZING in Chicago during the winter- so I always look for cute coats that keep me warm while still being stylish. To avoid the outfit looking costumey (it IS alot: thigh high socks, sheer shirt, back detailing-) stay simple with black flats. Since there is SO much going on, tone down the drama by balancing the style with simple hair and makeup:
My hair is in large, loose curls that start at different levels around my head to look more natural and random as opposed to perfect curls. To achieve this look I used a 1" clipless curling iron (Mine is the Le Angelique iron $49 at www.beautychoice.com) and I pulled the shorter layers off from my face with a regular braid pinned back.
Avoid the 'trying too hard' look by having less than perfect hair. Keep your hair and makeup relaxed when wearing trendy pieces, because otherwise you look like you're competing with your outfit as opposed to having a natural style.
My makeup is natural- I have a peach flushed cheek and lip with a light brown shadow in my crease and simple black mascara. I've contoured my face with a darker colored blush instead of a bronzer- the blushes blend together to create a gradient of color as opposed to a harsh line, making a more natural definition
Foundation: No. 7 Mousse Foundation: Target (I am loving this new foundation I found! It's from target, a brand I've never heard of before, but it covers like a dream. It's cakier than liquid but your skin looks like a porcelain dolls when you're finished!)
Blush: Rock and Republic, Bedroom
Contour blush: NARS, Lovejoy
Lipgloss: Rock and Republic, Drama Queen
Mascara: Lancome L'Oscillation in Black
If you haven't seen the video for this look, click here!