Remember that black tank dress that you loved wearing this summer? Well…it *is* possible to wear that same black dress on into Fall and Winter through the magic of LAYERING. Dig around in your closet for warming wardrobe pieces that you can layer over top: sweaters, cardigans, jackets, blazers, coats, Coatigans, boots, tights, etc. In this blog post, we explore how to extend the life of your Summer black tank dress into Fall and Winter through the Magic of Layering. Let’s dive in!
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1. Layering Magic – Base Layer:
Start by putting on the black tank dress as your base. The simplicity of the dress allows it to serve as a versatile canvas for layering.
2. Crewneck Sweater Chic:
Slip on the neutral crewneck sweater over the black tank dress. Opt for a neutral shade like beige, cream, or gray to create a cohesive and sophisticated look. Make sure the sweater is not too bulky, as you want it to fit comfortably over the dress. You can use removable fashion tape (as I have here) to draw up the hem of the sweater to balance out the proportions. Don’t worry about some silly “Rule of Thirds”…just eyeball the proportions and see what looks right on YOU.
3. The Neutral Cashmere Button-Up Cardigan:
A neutral cashmere button-up cardigan is a luxurious and cozy addition to any midlife woman’s wardrobe. Wear it over the black tank dress for a refined and effortlessly elegant outfit. For a more casual approach, pair the cardigan with denim jacket, creating a classic and comfortable look that is perfect for everyday activities.
4. The Denim Jacket – “Old Reliable”:
A denim jacket is a timeless piece that adds a touch of casual-cool to any outfit. (I know I have been wearing a denim jacket since the late 1980’s…how about you?) Pair it with the black tank dress for a chic and effortless look. Roll up the sleeves for a relaxed vibe and complete the look with ankle boots or white sneakers. Alternatively, layer the denim jacket over the neutral button up cardigan for a stylish yet laid-back ensemble.
5. The Neutral Coatigan:
A coatigan, a hybrid between a coat and a cardigan, is a must-have layering piece for transitional seasons. Wear it over the black tank dress for a chic and cozy ensemble. Alternatively, layer the coatigan over a neutral crewneck sweater and pair with black tank dress for added warmth on those cold weather days. You could even pair the ensemble with a tres chic trench coat for a super stylish fall outfit!
6. Blazer Layer:
Layer a black blazer over the sweater for a polished and sophisticated touch. Look for a blazer with a tailored fit and consider opting for a length hat balances YOUR silhouette. The blazer should be left open to showcase the layered outfit.
7. Consider Outerwear:
Depending on the weather, you can add an additional layer of outerwear. A long coat in a neutral color, a faux leather coat, or even a trench coat would complement the outfit while keeping you warm during the fall season.
8. Fabulous Footwear:
Depending on the occasion and personal style, you can pair the outfit with various footwear options. For a casual look, opt for ankle boots or ballet flats. If you’re looking for a dressier vibe, choose pumps or block heels. But if you want to stay warm, add black over the knee boots and tights. Stick to black or neutral-colored shoes to maintain a cohesive look.
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