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.
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.”
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?
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!