At the Valentino runway show at Haute Couture Week in Paris, Olivia Palermo gave an appliqued black cocktail dress a fresh spin by layering it over a classic white button-up blouse. We applaud her savvy style sense and would love to copy her look—if only we had more occasions to attend that called for appliqued black cocktail dresses! Instead, we put together a few stylish, unexpected layers inspired by Olivia Palermo's outfit.
Got a fancy dress like Olivia's and not enough places to wear it? A more formal cocktail dress can be transformed into a chic skirt with the addition of a chambray shirt. Button up the collar, leave a few buttons undone at the bottom, and tie the ends so that the knot lies at the waist of the dress. Slip on a pair of leather ankle boots and you've got a cute, casual look for your next brunch date.
Tissue-thin tanks are more than ideal for summer's heat waves. Any place where there's a dress code, though, tissue-thin might be deemed too thin—or maybe you're just not comfortable in a skimpy tank. Over a sleeveless button-up shirt, this cool graphic tank becomes a fashionable statement. With a black midi skirt, you'll be ready for casual Friday and whatever comes after!
Body-conscious dresses come in so many chic prints and can usually be found for a steal, so it can be hard to pass them up! I'm guilty of this, too, but I can't even remember the last time I wore my favorite body-con dress. You can dress down the sexy style by wearing it as a shirt with a fuller skirt on top. A black skater skirt over this tribal-print body-con dress gives you the perfect outfit to wear for a casual dinner date or after-work event.
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