Another Lesson in Layering

Leandra Medine | 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.
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  • jas

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

  • 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…

  • Neris / Fashion Fractions

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


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  • the nar cissist

    This is faaaantastic.

  • Anonymous

    This works.

  • 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!

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  • 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?

  • Doni Brown
  • Blog Desde el Trópico

    Loved the result! 😉

  • Dominika

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

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  • Man Repeller

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

  • Babe in Toyland

    I kinda want to live inside your closet.



  • 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.

  • Lydia

    Love it. You layer like no one else.

  • De todo y nada

    One day, all these layers will collapse over you! 😉

  • 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!

  • sania claus demina

    gotta love ya!

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  • Eku

    Love this post.


    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!

  • 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.

  • 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 😉

  • 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

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  • Anonymous

    masterful. simply masterful

  • Cristiana Nunes

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

  • Collections

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

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  • 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? :-)

  • 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

  • hiPop

    Love it!

  • Anthie Mitrakos

    PERFECT outfit…and ofcourse the always classic CHANEL bag <3

  • thestyleflux

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

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  • indie.electronic.alternative.

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

  • TheMinx

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

  • Céline K.G

    Love it : )

    xoxo, Céline

  • The Eye Behind the Detail

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

  • Cherisse @ Framing Spaces

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

  • Inhale | Fashion and Beauty

    Awesome, love the layering.

  • Elena Martínez Bengoechea

    love this look !

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  • MyStyleVita

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

    xoxo Jessica @

  • K. Gray

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


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



    good job! not took tacky but still stylish

  • Jasmina

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

  • WriterInTheRun.

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

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  • La Petite Olga

    your shoes are gorgeous!

    xx Olga
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  • ﻌFashionQamarﻌ

    love the Outfit and the Post!!!:D

  • 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

  • thenauticalwheeler

    Love the layered look. Your shuz are fabulous ~jen


    I LOVE THIS POST – you are amaaazzzing

  • Akosua

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

  • pantsless lass


    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.

  • Vasilieva

    perfect layering, love

  • The Fancy Teacup

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

  • Anonymous

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

  • Katherine

    Awesome layering. Your blog always makes me want to layer the heck out of my outfits.

  • thefashionguitar

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

    XO Charlotte

  • Melissa

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

  • Molliee

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


  • 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!

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  • her persona

    i love the step to step transformation. great outfit

  • couturing

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

  • effortlesscool

    those boots are perfection! great post as always <3

    XO Sahra

  • Tammy Trujillo

    You are the Lay-Master!

  • thereformedwanderer

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

  • 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

  • theirresistiblybeautiful

    nice vest and boots))


    Perfection achieved!

  • Bridg

    this is very cute! nice job 😉

    B xx

  • V

    all that hair! i love this.

  • Maarika

    gorgeous outfit!

  • Montserrat García Bastos

    Eres simplemente FANTÁSTICA!!!.XOXO

  • Marissa E.

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

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

    The M

  • 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!!!!

  • Reena Rai

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

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  • nicky

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

  • Olivia Pos Lux

    Big fan of layering in the unpredictable London Autumn….

  • Anonymous

    love love love
    you are awesome

  • 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.

  • Shoes We Want

    Those shoes really do trump everything. Looking good.

    xx – SWW

  • nataliya

    i love your facial expressions and poses!

  • Danny Kelly

    super cool. love this, love your blog.


  • 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:)

  • SaraKateSwan

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

  • charlotte and sarah

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


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

  • 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.

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  • Nuar

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

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  • 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!

  • 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!


  • Marie

    You have a gift darlin!

    Dirty Pink Cardigan


  • Heesun

    I love your grin!

  • Fashion Dubrovnik

    Great, you're so inspirational :)

  • Lapitusa

    Really LOVE your style.

  • 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!

  • Anonymous

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

  • Lois J. Lim

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

  • peony

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

  • CheersCharlie

    love the end result!!!

  • Veronica H

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

  • 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

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