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A Layering Tip to Create More Sophistication

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Layering sheer and cotton under a dress

 

If you were standing next to me when this picture was taken at Nordstrom you’d have noticed that I was wearing a soft wool knit dress, semi-sheer, with empire detail and a hemline that kind of cocoons my knees. I love this dress and I’m sure someone else might where it sleeveless but that won’t be me. It’s fairly warm and if I’m wearing a dress this weight, it’s cold outside and I want arm coverage.

 

Layering trick closeup

Peeking at my layers

 

In the past when I’ve worn this dress I put a cotton Caslon (Nordstrom brand) striped T-shirt underneath it.

But this year when I looked at it, the T-shirt seemed a little drab. I wasn’t crazy about it being cotton. I wanted something a little more luxurious, more feminine, more sophisticated.

I stood in front of my open closet doors and said, “Hmm.”

upping the ante on a cotton t-shirt

Creating more elegance with a t-shirt

 

I could have put on a T-shirt that has a smoother finish. It’s a polyester. But it’s really black. I planned on wearing black tights and my black perforated Lucky booties with the outfit. But I felt too solemn adding the all black T-shirt. So I continued thinking: What would make this prettier?

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Two layers make a more refined look

 

I grabbed a black, sheer knit T-shirt by Petit Pois. On another occasion I might have enjoyed black sheer arms but I was going to work and planning on wearing those booties instead of the black high-heeled, pointy-toed tight stretchy boots I wore five years ago. (Such a pretty sexy look but those heels aren’t in my repertoire anymore.)

I needed an inbetweener look.

Then it came to me: layering! Since I didn’t want to wear the sheer T-shirt on its own, I decided to layer it over the cotton striped T-shirt. It created the more feminine, luxurious look I was after. I added my sparkly ring, some gunmetal bangles, my rose-pink lipstick shade by Laura Mercier (print on the label is too tiny to read) and I was ready to have fun in my day, internally boasting about my new invention.

Have you layered sheer T-shirts over other T-shirts? Give it a whirl!

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22 Comments

  • Reply
    Jill
    January 4, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    Brilliant idea ! You look so attractive in the whole look!

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      Brenda
      January 5, 2017 at 10:18 am

      Thanks, it makes it so much more fun to wear it this way.

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    Deanne
    January 5, 2017 at 5:19 am

    Love this, Brenda, you look fabulous and your idea is genius! And I have a black silk t-neck with sheer sleeves that I have hardly worn, it might get a new lease on life with your idea. Happy happy new year to you, love your posts, so much creativity and we thank you for your ideas.

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      Brenda
      January 5, 2017 at 10:16 am

      Wow! Excited that your black silk tee might get into the rotation this year! Thanks for kind words. It’s my pleasure to share!

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    beth b
    January 5, 2017 at 7:16 am

    Fantastic idea! Looks great — and I love that dress, by the way!

    • Reply
      Brenda
      January 5, 2017 at 10:16 am

      Thanks, Beth. I love the dress too and this helps me wear it more often. In fact, I just might have to wear it today!!!

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    Susan Young
    January 5, 2017 at 7:37 am

    Agree with Jill–brilliant! The entire look completely fits the description of sophistication. I also love how you’ve combined short boots with a very elegant look to make a fabulous work-a-day outfit.

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      Brenda
      January 5, 2017 at 10:20 am

      Thanks, Susan. That was something I really liked about this configuration. I would have loved to wear sexy heeled tight boots but not an option. We’re not supposed to have rain today so I could wear this again. Those black booties are perforated and I’ve made the mistake before of not checking the weather and gotten wet!

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    Pat
    January 5, 2017 at 7:39 am

    Love this, Brenda!
    I am constantly trying to find layering suggestions that “actually work”, in a variety of ways. You have me thinking of different ways to utilize a sheer tee shirt for travel; over a dress for dinner, under a dress and over a tee (as you did) for day, over a heat-tech tank for day or evening with accessory changes. Humm, I am going to keep thinking.. Eileen fisher often has sheer pop-overs that weigh almost nothing and take up almost no space.

    Thank you so much for your creative thought process and for sharing so generously.
    A faithful fan,
    Pat

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      Brenda
      January 5, 2017 at 10:21 am

      Thanks, Pat. And you’re right, I really can see this as a perfect traveling piece. You’ve got ME thinking!!!
      Faithfully yours,
      Brenda

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    Donna H
    January 5, 2017 at 7:49 am

    Would never have thought of this!!!! Genius

    • Reply
      Brenda
      January 5, 2017 at 10:22 am

      Can I tell my kids that I’m a genius because you said so? Hee Hee! I must admit, I felt like an inventor when I created this layered tee combo.

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    Liz
    January 5, 2017 at 10:04 am

    Brenda, you are so endlessly creative it boggles the mind! Love this look, love how the sheer T elevates the whole outfit. Talk about synergy!!

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      Brenda
      January 5, 2017 at 10:23 am

      Synergy!! Yes, a great word. Wow, I may have to think about that word and how it applies to styling in general. Thanks!

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    Katherine Cramer
    January 5, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    Ah, kudos to your innovation Brenda! Sometimes a striped tee is simply too strong of a graphic. I love the idea of making one more subtle and a better fit for the story of your dress. Like Beth B., I dig your dress. I get a Romantic, Goth Juliet on her way to meet Romeo in a modern musical–vibe. Perhaps La La Land has inspired my fashion story plot imaginings. Thanks for the idea I may borrow.

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      Brenda
      January 6, 2017 at 11:30 am

      Well, once again, Katherine, you have said what I could not figure out to say. You’re so right about the stripes! They can see too strong and the morning I put this outfit together I think I felt both things: the graphic was too strong and the cotton fabric seemed not up to par with the rest of the outfit. Okay, La La Land tonight!

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    Maureen
    January 7, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    LOVE THAT! I have a similar sheer top I just got and did not think to layer it over a long sleeve tee! Thank you Brenda

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      Brenda
      January 9, 2017 at 11:22 am

      You are so welcome, Miss Maureen! I imagine you’ll do great, fun things with this idea. Xx

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    Gretchen Pindef
    January 8, 2017 at 6:48 am

    Love everything about this outfit. Would you mind sharing who the designer is and where you purchased it? You look fabulous!

    • Reply
      Brenda
      January 9, 2017 at 11:21 am

      Hi Gretchen, it was a hand-me-down from my daughter. I’ve had it a few years. The label is Peresteso. I haven’t come across that label before or since. Not very helpful, I’m afraid!

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    Paula
    September 22, 2017 at 3:10 am

    I have always shied away from sheer clothes in general thinking they were for the very young and bold – I am so happy to see how you have made a beautiful stylish outfit using the sheer T! I love it! Have a wonderful day.

    • Reply
      Brenda
      September 23, 2017 at 9:02 am

      Thanks for your comment, Paula. I am even MORE determined to find ways to wear sheer. I was too pragmatic and not that adventurous when I was busy raising little kids. So I have to make up for it now!
      Hugs to you!

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