Transforming an Old Dress: Layering a Shirt


Brooks Brothers shirt, ASOS dress (very similar), Madewell flats, Prada sunglasses, Target clutch, J.Crew bracelets, YSL lipstick

Recently i’ve been trying really hard to rework items in my closet from past seasons, or wear them in new ways. Last week I talked about a beloved knit vest from Zara that I have since worn as a scarf and as a layering piece during cooler evenings this Spring. One of the items that is the easiest to rework is the dress. This particular one is a skater skirt and the nipped waist lends it beautifully to layering.


I absolutely love the look of oxblood and white together and found it oddly appropriate for Spring when worn with casual flats and nude sunglasses. Paired with a hot pink lip and loose waves, it was the perfect outfit for dinner and drinks with friends.


One of the things I did to keep it more casual and not stuffy, was tie the end of the shirt and leave it somewhat messy rather than adding a belt or hiding the looseness. This made the outfit feel more effortless and gave me the easy option of removing the outer layer if I got too warm. I could easily see doing this with a slouchy printed t-shirt or sweater for an even more casual-chic look.



Thanks so much for reading and have a great weekend!

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  • Luci’s Morsels

    I have to try tying a button up over a dress. It always looks so great, but I just never think of it when I’m figuring out what to wear!

    Luci’s Morsels – fashion. food. frivolity.

  • Lindsay

    I love layering tops over dresses, it makes a simple dress so much more versatile!

    • lhaber

      It totally does Lindsay! i’m gonna be doing this much more often

  • Paula McClelland

    I love the white shirt – really cinches in your waist.

    ♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.

    • lhaber

      thanks Paula!

  • Luisa Calderon

    I like the way you wear dresses. I would like to do so BUT… I’m 58 and my legs dont look so good bare. Also my thighs rub against each other and its very unconfortable Any advice? Hose and pumps? Or is that too old fashioned? But then, I am older…What do you think? BTY I love your blog. Wish I had something like that growing up. Im 5’2′ 40-35-45.

    • lhaber

      Hi Luisa!
      I’m actually publishing a post all about my advice on combating thigh rubbing on Wednesday. Stay tuned!

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