Another Lesson in Layering

October 12, 2011

Still flipping through the pages of Derek Blasberg’s Classy sequel, “Very Classy,” I can’t help notice the plentiful references to the iconic little black dress. Sentiments re: said dress include the following: Coco Chanel. Wear with anything. Feel sexy regardlessBut I’m here to squash predisposed theory about the LBD. Yes it’s true Coco Chanel is a sentiment and you can most certainly wear the little black dress with anything but uh, you don’t have to feel sexy if you don’t want to. Some days we just want to look like astronauts and that’s okay. Other days, we just want to break our own previous records for how many layers worn…am I right? Am I right? Either way, this iconic dress can fit into the equation at your own discretion. 

And now, I’m having trouble properly segueing into the photo content feature below, another lesson in layering, so I’m just going to go ahead and do it. I’ve always hated transition sentences.

dress: Rag + Bone
There are steps. Step 1 exhibits…exhibits. Exhibit A: The little black dress. Exhibit B: Makeshift monocle.
shoes: Thakoon, necklaces: MR DANNIJO
Step 2: On this day, I stray away from allowing shoes and accessories to act as the final step and instead include them in layering tactic number two. Sometimes, the layers trump the shoes. Just kidding. Nothing trumps shoes. Except posing while in mid-fall. Kidding again! That doesn’t trump shoes either, it’s just plain old weird cool.
long sleeve t shirt: The Reformation
Step 75: Just kidding! It’s step 3. Really threw you for a loop there, eh? Sometimes adding staple to staple–in this instance, t shirt to little black dress–yields the most positive results in a longer run. They’re like camouflage layers you forget are there in time. And then when you’re so warm and not suffocating, you remember and you smile and you thank yourself for buying the simple clothes that make all the difference.
hairy dress: Nasty Gal
Step 4: And then you drop the hair bomb. I thought this was a dress but now I see that it’s nothing more than a hairy chest, I mean vest. It seemed an ideal summer-repelling layer: it’s not fur, it’s not thick…I was right. But what good are summer clothes if you can’t bring them to Fall?
plaid jacket: The Hellers
No good at all, children. No good at all. So find a baby bench and put your foot down. On it. 
Give yourself a high five. You didn’t break any sort of layering record by any means, but nevertheless, you did good, kid.
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14520938848031069893 Flaviana Boni
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15157331294725300872 jas

    haha awesome! those shoes are crazy! i love when you do these posts

    http://jas-tidbits.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16724256823919163639 Not Just A Pretty Dress

    Leandra, you are my favourite layering teacher! I high five back even if I haven't completed the exercise, yet…

    http://notjustaprettydress.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03238589979626981020 Neris / Fashion Fractions

    LOL, great layering tips! looking great as always :)

    xxx,

    Fashion Fractions

  • http://slimmingandwinning.blogspot.com/ Elizabeth Len

    BRAVO!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18169326814790975631 the nar cissist

    This is faaaantastic.

  • Anonymous

    This works.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02492926652246993060 ashley

    I love this look! And your hilarious commentary. I am a big fan of the layered look but as I am a little pudgy, I feel like I can't pull it off. Would love to hear your advice!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12023243127758618198 Ashley Liquori

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12023243127758618198 Ashley Liquori

    I've always hated transition sentences too haha this post is great. Thank you :)

  • Katie Snediker

    What if, like me, you are curvy? I have a big chest and a small waist so sometimes layering can make me look a lot larger. With looser fitting clothing 'the ladies' hold the fabric out and make it appear that everything on me is big. Any suggestions for us gals with the goodies?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12918661464750203232 Doni Brown
  • http://desdeeltropico.com Blog Desde el Trópico

    Loved the result! ;-)
    xx
    Andrea

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05329196451830464702 Dominika

    love the chanel bag!
    and the jewellery is great too!
    <3

    Fashion Philosophy
    http://www.fashionphilosophy.net

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03401686887977484323 Man Repeller

    I'll try for a curvy layering post early next week!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17587993081199600972 Babe in Toyland

    I kinda want to live inside your closet.

  • http://politicallyfashionable.com/ politicallyfashionable.com

    YOU'RE AMAZING <3

  • http://twitter.com/Tobi_Is_Fab Tobi

    Curvy layering? Yay! I have sizable breasts and a butt, so layering often makes me look like a sausage popping out of its casing.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06841237588940938787 Lydia

    Love it. You layer like no one else.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06056490392212965889 De todo y nada

    One day, all these layers will collapse over you! ;)

  • http://www.stylescout.nl Eva Ambtman

    It's funny because in pic 1 that dress is not flattering you at all and you end up looking like a rockstar!! Big up!

  • http://www.saniaclaus.chic.se sania claus demina

    gotta love ya!

  • http://www.closetcravings.com Closet Cravings
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01407388004234178957 Eku

    Love this post.

  • http://chellbellz.com/ chellbellz.com

    Okay how is it that you can make this work! I mean it DOES fucking work! Like who would have though of laying that way! I love it! I really like that White shirt/dress thingie! You make it look so effortless!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02636914951284660717 Bec

    Best outfit you've ever worn. I am so the opposite of repelled; I want to be wearing that NOW! This just became my computer's background.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05193193283523535705 Raquel Fernandes

    Maybe it's because you are showing the leg but I actually fount the result good. Who would say. Ok, maybe not the necklaces: everything but too many accessories in order not to look like a pine tree. And you look just fine ;)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17424748358805092051 monkey

    your posts never fial to make me smile! i am in awe of your layering skills, that hairy dress and booties! ahh too good

    talesofmonkeyandpig.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05682441535159256869 Emma y Flor
  • Anonymous

    masterful. simply masterful

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03429968469338580701 Cristiana Nunes

    cool outfit. Love the coat, the shoes and of course the Chanel bag!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18359692445710227141 Collections

    haha love this outfit. the furry dress… pretty amazing.

    Shabby Apple Giveaway

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03326939229510341570 Mery

    Adorable blog…..

  • KarenD86

    Look forward to the curvy layering post… DD stands for doubly difficult to pull certain looks off! P.S. Is this by any chance a glance of the Man Repeller's new apartment, have we flown the nest? :-)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07087824659190534187 Rachel

    I actually used your layering-over-dress techniques for my creative post-wedding photo shoot. I wore jackets, vests, and t-shirts over my wedding dress. The photographers loved it. Don't worry, I gave you the credit as my inspiration. <3

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05914222871848429230 hiPop

    Love it!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07178417205439455669 Anthie Mitrakos

    PERFECT outfit…and ofcourse the always classic CHANEL bag <3
    http://e-cherryontop.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10147568168250249943 thestyleflux

    WOW! you are really the master of it! hands down :)

    Kaye
    Fashion Blogger
    http://thestyleflux.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00186653388828397132 indie.electronic.alternative.

    i just came. this is ridiculous in a realllyyyyy good way.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01181778296037431963 TheMinx

    yes! i'm all about layering, whatever the season. and that furry top is rad.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12753149908536037307 Céline K.G

    Love it : )

    xoxo, Céline
    areyouincorrect.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05896943075888739935 The Eye Behind the Detail

    I love this outfit. Layering is my fav! That jacket is amazing as well! Delightful lesson in layering.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08473870100909892568 Cherisse @ Framing Spaces

    Hilarious! I love this post and I love how you layered it! I'm learning! =)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18234007927388076913 Inhale | Fashion and Beauty

    Awesome, love the layering.
    http://inhalefashionandbeauty.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09001997685893437632 Elena Martínez Bengoechea

    love this look !

    Check out my blog :

    http://www.likeabirkin.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10731480551178991637 Copper Etiquette
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15804060850422665037 MyStyleVita

    that flannel topper is AMAZE! Great outfit and thanks for the layering tips!

    xoxo Jessica @ http://www.mystylevita.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16964708590441673529 K. Gray

    Haha i love the layering! you are always so silly and carefree looking :)

    http://houseofdepth.blogspot.com/

  • http://thrillofthechaise.com/ thrillofthechaise.com

    I almost purchased said 'hairy dress' the other day! Looks amazing on you. May have to go back and click the 'buy' button :)

    Kate

    http://www.thrillofthechaise.com

  • http://anorexicescapades.com/ anorexicescapades.com

    good job! not took tacky but still stylish

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12911428043424066419 Jasmina

    Layers. Can't get through the cold fall/winter day without them! :)))

    http://styleyourselfnow.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01937732106698866929 WriterInTheRun.

    Your Chanel and your shoes are killing me…!! Great job!!

    Follow my blog

    http://shopaholic-in-oxfords.blogspot.com/

    :)

  • Toni

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00922493231790791173 La Petite Olga

    your shoes are gorgeous!

    xx Olga
    La Petite Olga

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03001490403699458982 ﻌFashionQamarﻌ

    love the Outfit and the Post!!!:D

    http://fashionqamar.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05741445413832453917 Ashley

    How do you do it you crazy, insane (in the best way) woman ?! Thanks for making astronaut dressing around the world possible ! I could just pet you with all that fur you've got on x

  • http://thenauticalwheeler.wordpress.com/ thenauticalwheeler

    Love the layered look. Your shuz are fabulous ~jen

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05359487128946293599 SAMANTHA

    I LOVE THIS POST – you are amaaazzzing

    http://www.dragonnfruit.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00291593475048755441 Akosua

    This is really cool. I love LBDs but I also like twisting up classics

    indigosunday.blogspot.com

  • pantsless lass

    HEY!

    What will you be for Halloween???

    I'm going to be Mary-Kate Olsen, with long scraggly hair, black layers, fringe vest, bird skull necklace and giant sunnies. A little dated costume maybe but FUN to wear at my office job. Maybe I'll chain smoke marlboro reds and make over my co-workers. "Like, what if you put that jacket… over your head a little, and, like twisted a letter opener into your bun and lined your pants with staples. That's soooo trendy right now, babe."

  • Mary Kate Olsen

    Like… what if you made staples into shoes with duct tape and wore a file cabinet as outerwear. It'd be so, like, Salvador Dali. He's a really big inspiration for Ashley and I. We always keep artists in mind when we're designing, like Piss Christ and that, you know? It's so, like, innovative.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01514627554329642237 Vasilieva

    perfect layering, love

    http://www.vasilievablog.com/
    x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14227790770455857624 The Fancy Teacup

    How you paired the "hairy dress" underneath the tartan plaid was magical. Classy pieces with a bit of fun.

    http://www.TheFancyTeacup.com

  • Anonymous

    Girl, you´re good! extra good! and also very thin…this layring never would work for me. and that makes me so sad ;(

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07874780103112456765 Katherine

    Awesome layering. Your blog always makes me want to layer the heck out of my outfits.
    -Katherine
    http://fashionablyawkwardr.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.thefashionguitar.com thefashionguitar

    REALLY nice! I always love your layering so much. Amazing shoes (and last photo) by the way!!

    XO Charlotte
    http://www.thefashionguitar.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00273517365832446003 Melissa

    those shoes are killer! and I love how you make layering look so effortless

    http://lavie-amonavis.blogspot.com

  • http://mstwirlyskirts.com Molliee

    one of my favorite layering posts! love the textures and of course the plaid!

    xoxo
    http://mstwirlyskirts.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04907960880069509427 Ingrid

    Obsessed with the fringe dress but looks like Nastygal doesn't have it?? I see only a pink top…! Maybe it sold out bc of you!

    Ingrid
    Visit me: http://www.sewchique.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15664502134805475932 her persona

    i love the step to step transformation. great outfit

    http://www.herpersona.blogspot.com
    http://www.herpersona.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18200545093167550074 couturing

    Great tips and great pieces! You're very pretty.

    couturing.blogspot.com

  • http://effortlesscool.wordpress.com/ effortlesscool

    those boots are perfection! great post as always <3

    XO Sahra
    EffortlessCool

  • http://www.fashionhodgepodge.com Tammy Trujillo

    You are the Lay-Master!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13264138577820227342 thereformedwanderer

    OMG! love the shoes so much!!! eeekkk!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17605927743984343221 Kayla Michelle Shipman

    You are so right. There are so many days where we don't want to be sexy at all. But that doesn't mean we sacrifice ourselves with bad fashion. This post is good ole non-sexy high fashion at its finest! So once again, you manage to keep blowing our minds away at how you piece outfits together. And we LOVE IT! Keep the layering lessons coming!

    LOVES the shoes BTW

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03844876507396926969 theirresistiblybeautiful

    nice vest and boots))

  • http://luvgmt.com/ luvgmt.com

    Perfection achieved!

  • http://www.phoandchips.com Bridg

    this is very cute! nice job ;)

    B xx

    http://www.phoandchips.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02336362746341690208 V

    all that hair! i love this.
    V.LOG

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05785924499644983621 Maarika

    gorgeous outfit!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10330202913501428552 Montserrat García Bastos

    Eres simplemente FANTÁSTICA!!!.XOXO

    http://www.isauraamandabybastos.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17437605523067624099 Marissa E.

    I tweeted at chu. Just now, i did it.

    Also, you are as SUPES cute as ever. Don't change a thing.

    xo
    The M

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16248400554785053272 Toks

    You are really amazing!!! This is the first time I post a comment in your blog, but I've been following it for a long time!!! I LOVE IT!!! I have a great time reading your posts, and your style… sooo great!!!!

    http://www.to-ks.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11062906854066795879 Reena Rai

    Snaps on the layering! The Thakoon boots and hairy chest..er…vest are fab.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14658315311257872809 hello, Friday
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15214368376224752480 Ophelia
  • nicky

    there is something very wrong with you.
    it's wonderful.
    i love it.

  • http://www.positiveluxury.com Olivia Pos Lux

    Big fan of layering in the unpredictable London Autumn….
    http://www.positiveluxury.com/

  • Anonymous

    love love love
    you are awesome

  • http://beckymonster.blogspot.com/ beckymonster

    less layers than I thought when I initially read the title, haha. I like it! the boots are fun, I wouldn't mind falling in those.

  • http://www.shoeswewant.com Shoes We Want

    Those shoes really do trump everything. Looking good.

    xx – SWW
    http://www.shoeswewant.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11100004305694169593 nataliya

    i love your facial expressions and poses!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02149184471673717831 Danny Kelly

    super cool. love this, love your blog.

    http://www.dannykelly.blogspot.com

    .

  • http://romans-122.com Kaitlyntru

    You have the cutest, quirkiest personality & there is something so charismatic about it! Now that I've expressed my uber gay girl crush, I love the layering:)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11394064802698087716 SaraKateSwan

    That rag & bone dress is adorable with the sweaters, love it!

    http://www.beautifulstreets.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17939089462405084150 charlotte and sarah

    Swear to god, I want to be your best friend! Hahahahaha also, totally cool outfit per usual.
    –Sarah

  • http://chicalarusse.com/ chicalarusse.com

    I have to say dear, you got me one more time (NOT easy!)
    Uber-Chic indeed

    http://chicalarusse.com/

  • http://stylishwithabudget.blogspot.com/ stylish with a budget

    this is really amazing!!
    i am so inspired!!

  • Anonymous

    This article is really great! It's not too man repeller-y but still solid. I love the plaid on top of it all. I deffinatley will try this in the future.

  • Anonymous

    masterful!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00236420927448153039 Nuar

    Fabulous & original. Naomi, you're the ultimate high-fashionista in the blogosphere.

    http://nuarbarcat.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01858028640794702743 Látika

    A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!!!!!!

    LOVE YOUR BLOG!!!!!
    LOTS OF KISSESS!

    *NAIARA CRUZ*

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15763093551327175277 Aimee

    Your Chanel bag… Oh my god. Drop dead sexy! As are you. I can't even fathom wearing any of these pieces together but my god, you fucking work it!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13676369264669327101 Heels and Sunkissed Curls

    I'll admit I was skeptic at the beginning, but a believer by the end. I am loving this look and going to my closet immediately to experiment. Love it all!

    Chelsea

    http://www.heelsandsunkissedcurls.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16599904887688070005 Marie

    You have a gift darlin!

    Dirty Pink Cardigan

    :D

  • Heesun

    I love your grin!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12164081772362284200 Fashion Dubrovnik

    Great, you're so inspirational :)

    http://littlefashioncat.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07853994524311966097 Lapitusa

    Really LOVE your style.

    http://www.lapitusa.org

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08090750591007767689 Tracey

    LOVE your blog. you are hilarious with impeccable taste, even when being risky:) but…… your outfits are always strictly designer and very out of reach for us cheap folk;) So I made your look for less and I hope you like… let me know!
    http://subjecttofashion.blogspot.com/2011/10/fall-fit-for-less.html

  • Anonymous

    Everything goes great cause you´re thin! what about the chubby ones? help us!
    Tania

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04804506828973836403 Lois J. Lim

    soft and feminine, with a bit of EDGE. Love the layered look with all the frills and layers. Good job!

    inspirebylois.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14531946171530002182 peony

    your step-by-step-outfitting is amazing! I'm so happy i fould you blog!

    http://acupofmary.blogspot.com/

  • CheersCharlie

    love the end result!!!

  • Veronica H

    i’m loving this outfit! the shoes are so adorable

  • http://kototonia.blogspot.com/ Ania Kot

    i’m becoming fan of your layering, totally ;D

  • arxsyn

    i am new to the layering game and yesterday i made myself proud wearing things i havent for months. i did it!!! i admire your quirky layering style. it shows your goofy and funny side. pairing pieces nobody else can ever think of because, it can look redundant or crazy when the layers come off. sure the final look is always fantastic. but me, i wanna look good every step of the the way when the layers come off. i mean it gets hot, literally

  • Orhan Talip Söylemez

    nice thank u for share. great post and blog web sitesi