How to layer in the evening


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As you’ll probably know by now (unless your new, in which case hello) I’m a pretty casual dresser and I don’t get all dressed up often. My going out look is usually glove shoes jeans and a nice top – so basically my everyday uniform.

However, when I spotted this dress on the Dorothy Perkins website I was desperate for it. I know it’s not exactly me but I’ve been wanting to try out the slip dress/pyjama trend for ages and now seemed like the perfect time. If not now, when?

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I’ve seen people layering these slip dresses left right and centre, of course that meant I had to have a go myself. I really loved the delicate feel to this dress though so I wanted to keep the fancy feel for a more evening look. I knew this bobble trim top would make the perfect match because of the white trim and the fact that the material is more delicate. I just don’t think that a jersey top would have cut it. Plus you can never have too many white t shirts. .  am I right?

I promise one day I’ll show you my white t shirt collection . . that could make a good youtube video . . let me know your thoughts!

The blush colour with the slit, lace edging and how it cuts off just above the knee all add to the appeal of this dress. I definitely think you could wear it without the tee, I just don’t think I’m that brave! I’ve kept the accessories in matching nude/pink tones and think they all sit together really nicely. Loving this suede woven bag, it’s one of those holds everything, goes with everything types.

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How to layer in the evening

Pick your star piece

The first step in learning how to layer is to pick one piece you want to have a starring role in your outfit like my dress, and build the rest around this. Make sure the different pieces aren’t fighting for attention, they should all sit nicely together, complimenting one another.

Stick to your colour palette

The second step in learning how to layer is that if you’re going for monochrome, stick to monochrome. If you’re going to colours, try to stick to two that compliment each other nicely or do what I did and pick a colour mixing different tones. I also love when people layer all one colour playing around with the textures!

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All photography by Sue Crowe

*Top : Dorothy Perkins
*Dress : Dorothy Perkins
*Bag : Dorothy Perkins
*Shoes : Public Desire
*Bracelet : Luna PYXIS
Earrings : H&M NOT ONLINE

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This post is in collaboration with Dorothy Perkins though all thoughts, opinions and creative direction are my own



    • Sinead
      28th June 2016 / 5:54 pm

      Thanks beautiful! It’s in the sale now – literally the day after I post the whole outfit goes into the sale! TYPICAL!

  1. Sheridan Grady
    23rd June 2016 / 9:58 am

    Gorgeous outfit! I love soft pinks at the moment! x

    • Sinead
      28th June 2016 / 5:53 pm

      Aren’t they so pretty!? I never usually wear pink but now I’m thinking perhaps I should!

  2. Maija Lily
    23rd June 2016 / 5:15 pm

    This is honestly one of my favourite trends at the moment, both the layering and the slip dress trend!! I’m dying to find a slip dress this summer! Such a lovely outfit!

    • Sinead
      28th June 2016 / 5:53 pm

      I hope you find the perfect one hun! This one is actually in the sale now! Just after I posted this outfit the top and dress went into the sale! I love the delicate tee underneath as usually I only ever see it with a more casual plain white tee or slogan tee! I do like that look but I thought I would try something a little different!

  3. Ilah Ekamper
    25th June 2016 / 1:37 pm

    This outfit looks absolutely gorgeous on you! Love this type of pink a lot! X


    • Sinead
      28th June 2016 / 5:50 pm

      Thankyou! I never normally wear pink but maybe I should more!

  4. Vicky Franklin
    26th June 2016 / 11:32 am

    Hi Sinead,

    A really enjoyable read thank you! As always, fantastic advice on style and great way of making fashion accessible for everyone (by the way that dress is very you and the tee is perfect!)

    We’d love to feature you on Cahootsy in our Beauty community. We invite experts in their field to make lists, just like this one, to advise our shopping novices and you would definitely be a great help to them. You can post a link back to any of your blogs which are relevant to the list and be part of a growing trend of community shopping.

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