the one layering item you absolutely need this fall

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dress: LuLaRoe c/o Megan McClary // top: Theory c/o thredUP // shoes: Kate Spade c/o Shopbop // purse: STRUT (similar save, similar splurge) // earrings: Kate Spade c/o Shopbop

photos by Chelsea Laine Francis

There are a few pieces that were sorely missed in my fall and winter closet last year, so I'm making it a priority to add them as quickly as possible this season. One major player I lacked: a sleeveless collared blouse. I already told you how I've had a Theory blouse on my wishlist for 2016, but the want went beyond the name on the tag. I'll be layering this white Theory top under dresses and sweaters for the next six or so months, loving the collar detail it adds to an outfit. I also love that the longer hemline of the blouse (which you haven't seen yet since it's been tucked in both times) will peek out of the bottom of my sweaters!

I'm telling you, it doesn't have to be Theory, but you need a sleeveless collared shirt this fall! Sure, you'll layer it under a blazer for work or denim jacket for weekend, wearing it like a regular ole blouse, but the added fun of a collar without scrunched sleeves is layering magic. Pro tip: Choosing one with a rounded hem (high-low if you can find it!) makes for great layering on your bottom half, providing visual interest while elongating you (especially since sweaters can be bulky and shape-negating.

Here are some favs:


Does this dress look familiar? Obvi the collar is an addition by me, but you may recognize that this is the exact same style as this floral dress from last month. I swear, I'm addicted to LuLaRoe's Amelia dresses, y'all. I have four now. Four! It's the magic of finding something you love and buying it in every color and print you can get your hands on.

So basically, this post is all about magic: just because a dress doesn't come with a collar doesn't mean you can't make one "appear" with a sleeveless collared blouse underneath; when you find a piece of clothing that makes you feel like a million bucks, you can make it "appear" in your closet in every color you can think of. Did you expect a magic lesson in today's post? Sometimes blogging is unpredictable!

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