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Monday, April 15, 2013

Office Layers



I received an email from a reader last week asking for layering tips with work-appropriate attire.  She mentioned that all too often she reaches for a basic cardigan & requested some new ideas for combinations she can wear on the job.  Since most offices have the air conditioning cranked during the warmer months, it can be tricky to dress for the balmy temps outside & still manage to be comfortable while sitting at your desk. 

So, I decided to answer her question with an outfit post to show one of my favorite ways to layer so you can look polished without freezing.  You can try many different variations with this same principle - if you work in a more conservative/less creative office, swap out the sequin shell for one with stripes or a geometric print (peplum works too).  You could also easily wear flats with this look, if heels aren't practical for your work environment. 

 

 What I'm wearing:
c/o Sheinside blouse (here), GapKids top (similar here, here or here), H&M blazer (similar here or here), Forever 21 trousers (similar here or here), Guess pumps (similar here or here), c/o JustFab bag (here), Olivia Burton watch (similar), Baublebar earrings (here)

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Natali said...

Great layering, you look beautiful!

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jenn~the stylish housewife said...

it's funny because now that i think of it...i totally used to layer like this when i was working in an office environment! i can't wait to try my hand at layering again with my peplum tops!

p.s. your makeup looks GORGE.

xoxo, jenn
the stylish housewife

Alice Warren said...

Great post! Love all three looks and the yellow is so fun!

Alice
www.happinessatmidlife.com

Rhymes With Fashion said...

Love the sparkly shell! That crazy kid's department has such great stuff! A perfect and cheerful work outfit.
-Alexandra
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Ladies in Navy said...

gorgeous! i'd never ever think of this and love the tutorial!
kw ladies in navy

Amelia - Duckling To Swan said...

Nice layering! Love the pop of colour from the bag too :)

This is a slightly odd question but what do you wear under your sheer blouse? I hate seeing straps or lines but everything I try shows :( Whatver you have on is almost invisible!

Amelia @ Ducklingtoswan.com! :) xxx

teacups + B cups said...

SO true... it's freezing in my office year round. I really like the collar and trim of this blouse.

And you're so nice to use the words "less creative" instead of "boring."

Kaitlin said...

I find layering can be very difficult to do without looking sloppy or adding extra pounds to your frame. Your outfit in this post is polished and figure flattering, a great guide for layering. Thanks for the inspiration!

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boardwalksandboulevards said...

Great post! I need all the layering help/tips I can get!

- Kaitlyn

Boardwalks & Boulevards

Styleclouds said...

I absolutely love it!! Great layers and the colors are beautifully fresh! xo, Christina

Styleclouds

Ashleigh said...

This is really perfect! I used to love dressing for the office. I'd wear this tomorrow to work if we didn't have to wear all black.
-Ash
www.thestylizedwannabe.com

Sofia Donatelli said...

Great post and ideas. What a great yellow piece to your wardrobe. Can't wait to see what else you do with it. Beautiful.
If you get a sec, please check out my latest post. I would love to read what you think.

Sofia

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Jessica Camerata said...

What a great way to layer and loving the sequins!

xo Jessica
www.mystylevita.com

dacy said...

love the idea of using a shell for layering like a vest - would have never thought of that!

Natalie said...

This is really amazing! I love the yellow shell with the touches of yellow on the blouse. You seriously look great!

Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl said...

Gorgeous and very helpful tutorial!!

xo
Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl
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SydneysFashionDiary.com said...

Love all your look but my favorite is the last one. The whole outfit is so fresh and summery =)

ZADIN said...

I appreciate your idea, the layering looks very good.

Ashley said...

Great post!! Love the touch of yellow..

Xo,
Sincerely Miss Ash

l.c.s. said...

love this blouse and heel combo! would love for you to check out our blog as we read yours on a daily basis. xo

lauren
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Kristina said...

Loving the idea of layering in a shell, super cute!

Kristina does the Internets

Dina Karivalis said...

Such a great layering outfit! This is perfect for work and love the colors together.
xo Dina
Sweetest Somethings

sarahsreallife said...

I love that shirt to death. And your layering ideas are excellent :)

~Sarah of Sarah's Real Life

vogueandheels.com said...

I love the office layers! That shirt and those shoes are gorgeous.

-Vogue&Heels
vogueandheels.com

Kayla Gilbert said...

Love your layers! I freeze at work so I have to make sure I wear plenty of clothes! SO cute! : )

Kayla
www.lovelucygirl.com

Amy Shaughnessy said...

Great layering! I love that you picked a sequin top. Makes the look more fun.

Amy


Fashion and Beauty Finds

LyddieGal said...

very nice spring layering - I do always hate how the moment it starts to get warm outside it gets freezing in the office!
Chic on the Cheap

Sequin Doll said...

Very good post! I have always worked in offices that are freezing no matter what the temp outside is so layering is a must!

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Aeroplane and Apparel said...

Oh la la love the shoes....

Love A&A

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blondebananablog.com said...

loving your silver pointy toe heels!

blondebananablog.com said...

loving your silver pointy toe heels!

M Brauns said...

Totally loving that button down. The colors look great on you, too!

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Unknown said...

Love the layers, and the handbag is a great finishing touch!

Holly
www.lovingallthis.com

Christina Heflin said...

Great layering tips! The whole look put together looks amazing and it all goes perfectly together!

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Rachel Lynne said...

Yes, this is the perfect way to layer for the office aside from a cardigan (which I am doing today and is not as fun!) Great tips and love this outfit! Oh and I've been drooling over this bag on JustFab, adding it to my wish list right now :)

Malinda F said...

Great layering tips! I love it all and the yellow with the pink bag keeps it fun. I always see people around my office wearing black and grey all of the time And always the one with bright fushia or yellow lol but I think more people need to make their work attire more exciting!

Malinda
Fashionlove82.blogspot.ca

Emma Finlayson said...

Awesome! Love the idea of layering a shell over a blouse! PPF does it again!!

xox Emma
http://strollingthecityinheels.com

Chelsea Davis said...

I love all the looks! The Yellow with the navy blue is so refreshing, I am glad you did an outfit with it, gives me more ideas too!

XO Chelsea http://shesaidhesaid-fashion.blogspot.com/

Star White said...

Very grateful for this post! I've gotten into a layering rut lately for work and this really helps!

Blessings!
Star
http://www.beautyandbows.com/

Andrea Kaplan said...

love this look. layering for the office is totally essential.

xo Andrea
www.sophisticatedsass.com

Grace said...

Love that sparkly yellow top layered over your blouse!

xo
http://hautecouture3.blogspot.com

Chelsea said...

Thanks for the pointers! Even though I don't work in an office environment I really need to beef up my layering skills. I love the way you added the tank to your sheer top!

xoxo,
Chelsea & The City

Alyson said...

Gorgeous! I can totally pull off sequins in the office, and adore the idea of layering. Ok, and that JustFab bag is SICK. Amazing! Totally pops perfectly with this outfit.

alyson
www.theaveragegirlsguide.com

TaraMixandMatch said...

This is gorgeous, love that you added sequins!

effortlesscool said...

absolutely adorable (and genius!!) layering! <3

XO Sahra
EffortlessCool

silvergirl said...

absolutely fabulous layer
love this look
brett

FitTravelerAJ said...

GREAT tips! I'm the same way, I am trying to branch out with my office layers.

-AJ
FitTravelerAJ.com

Style-Delights said...

Love it!! Such a novel twist on office wear! Love the colors!
Hope you are having a wonderful day!
-Jyoti
Style Delights Blog

Jessica @ Here(and)Now said...

You make style math look so easy - you fashionable genius! Pinning this for when I am freezing at work this summer!
xx
Here&Now

Berty Morales said...

Amazing layering and I am in love with this entire look.

Anthea Lau said...

very nice outfit and great layering! love the yellow colours a lot - it's unexpected and full of fun!

A
xx
http://epiquemoi.blogspot.com

Rebecca said...

Lovely work-appropriate layers & overall looks Kim....thanks!!!

Rebecca
www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

Jaclyn De Bonis said...

While I tend to avoid wearing yellow I really love how you paired it with the clean and crisp white blazer, it looks great!

xoxo,
Jaclyn
http://www.writteninfashion.com

My Edit said...

It's no surprise that I am loving the sequin shell! So cute! Nice layering...

Yulia Yudina said...

Great blouse and top! Love the yellow color! And also in love with your silver pumps!

Aeroplane and Apparel said...

How fun is your outfit, great!!! Hope you get a chance to see my DASH store experience in LA. =) take care!

Love A&A
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Sarah Petrie said...

Love this look! Sometimes it is so hard to make your work wardrobe feel fun, but you are definitely doing that here!

-Sarah

Reno Has Style

Audrey said...

Perfect layering Kim! xo

Dhruvi said...

LOVE this whole look! You always get layering right!! Btw, I just launched my new site and am giving away something new every day this week! I'm giving away a gorgeous Nine West bag today! Come check out the site & enter the giveaways!!

Dhruvi
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Brooklyngal said...

Such a cute ensemble!

Nora
www.penchantforpretty.com

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