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.
Great layering, you look beautiful!
jenn~the stylish housewife says
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.
the stylish housewife
Alice Warren says
Great post! Love all three looks and the yellow is so fun!
Rhymes With Fashion says
Love the sparkly shell! That crazy kid's department has such great stuff! A perfect and cheerful work outfit.
Ladies in Navy says
gorgeous! i'd never ever think of this and love the tutorial!
kw ladies in navy
Amelia - Duckling To Swan says
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 says
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."
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!
Great post! I need all the layering help/tips I can get!
Boardwalks & Boulevards
I absolutely love it!! Great layers and the colors are beautifully fresh! xo, Christina
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.
Sofia Donatelli says
Great post and ideas. What a great yellow piece to your wardrobe. Can't wait to see what else you do with it. Beautiful.
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Jessica Camerata says
What a great way to layer and loving the sequins!
love the idea of using a shell for layering like a vest – would have never thought of that!
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 says
Gorgeous and very helpful tutorial!!
Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl
Love all your look but my favorite is the last one. The whole outfit is so fresh and summery =)
I appreciate your idea, the layering looks very good.
Great post!! Love the touch of yellow..
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Loving the idea of layering in a shell, super cute!
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Dina Karivalis says
Such a great layering outfit! This is perfect for work and love the colors together.
I love that shirt to death. And your layering ideas are excellent 🙂
~Sarah of Sarah's Real Life
I love the office layers! That shirt and those shoes are gorgeous.
Kayla Gilbert says
Love your layers! I freeze at work so I have to make sure I wear plenty of clothes! SO cute! : )
Amy Shaughnessy says
Great layering! I love that you picked a sequin top. Makes the look more fun.
Fashion and Beauty Finds
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 says
Very good post! I have always worked in offices that are freezing no matter what the temp outside is so layering is a must!
Aeroplane and Apparel says
Oh la la love the shoes….
loving your silver pointy toe heels!
loving your silver pointy toe heels!
M Brauns says
Totally loving that button down. The colors look great on you, too!
Love the layers, and the handbag is a great finishing touch!
Christina Heflin says
Great layering tips! The whole look put together looks amazing and it all goes perfectly together!
Rachel Lynne says
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 says
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!
Emma Finlayson says
Awesome! Love the idea of layering a shell over a blouse! PPF does it again!!
Chelsea Davis says
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 says
Very grateful for this post! I've gotten into a layering rut lately for work and this really helps!
Andrea Kaplan says
love this look. layering for the office is totally essential.
Love that sparkly yellow top layered over your blouse!
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!
Chelsea & The City
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.
This is gorgeous, love that you added sequins!
absolutely adorable (and genius!!) layering! <3
absolutely fabulous layer
love this look
GREAT tips! I'm the same way, I am trying to branch out with my office layers.
Love it!! Such a novel twist on office wear! Love the colors!
Hope you are having a wonderful day!
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Jessica @ Here(and)Now says
You make style math look so easy – you fashionable genius! Pinning this for when I am freezing at work this summer!
Berty Morales says
Amazing layering and I am in love with this entire look.
Anthea Lau says
very nice outfit and great layering! love the yellow colours a lot – it's unexpected and full of fun!
Lovely work-appropriate layers & overall looks Kim….thanks!!!
Jaclyn De Bonis says
While I tend to avoid wearing yellow I really love how you paired it with the clean and crisp white blazer, it looks great!
My Edit says
It's no surprise that I am loving the sequin shell! So cute! Nice layering…
Yulia Yudina says
Great blouse and top! Love the yellow color! And also in love with your silver pumps!
Aeroplane and Apparel says
How fun is your outfit, great!!! Hope you get a chance to see my DASH store experience in LA. =) take care!
Sarah Petrie says
Love this look! Sometimes it is so hard to make your work wardrobe feel fun, but you are definitely doing that here!
Reno Has Style
Perfect layering Kim! xo
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Stilettos & Sequins
Such a cute ensemble!