This outfit takes me back to my traditional corporate work days, when I dressed in pencil skirts and blazers most days, with my own wacky twist (I mean, a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do). Now I work in a creative, no dress code environment, so my workday wardrobe resembles more of my weekend wardrobe (and yes, sometimes this is yoga pants), but I do occasionally miss dressing so polished regularly!  I dressed similar to this to work recently and was asked 15x why I was so dressed up!

When I worked in a traditional and conservative setting, I loved starting with a ladylike piece, like this dress, and then adding layers that represented my funkier personal style on top.  In this instance, I added a leather jacket to the dress, a studded belt, and topped it off with a fur vest.

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 dress c/o Julie Brown Designs | heels c/o | leather jacket c/0 | vest – Rachel Zoe, old, similar here and here (both on sale!) | belt, old, similar here | bag | earrings c/o | sunnies c/o | watch c/o | assorted David Yurman


How to you incorporate your personal style into your workday wardrobe?  I’d love to hear your tips!

Also there are a few New Year sales going on that I wanted to be sure to share with y’all:

Madewell: 30% off with code UPANDUP through 1/26

Old Navy: up to 50% off select items through 1/28

J.Crew: up to 70% off sale items with code FINDAFAVE through 1/27

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Thank you so much for reading! XO –

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10 thoughts on “Layering a Color Block Dress

    1. I love that word for this outfit – sophistication. I need to incorporate that word more into my daily wardrobe! XO

    1. Right!? The shoes are not my typical go to heel, but when I saw them I had to try. Can’t wait to try them with jeans!! Thanks for stopping by XO

  1. this is why i absolutely love you and your style!! you start with the rules and then give it a little kathleen twist that sticks it to the man. but since you’ve got the rules mixed in there no one can say anything 😉

    never thought to layer my leather jacket under my fur vest but you best believe i am going to be soon!!

    xo mary-katherine

    1. Oh my gosh – MK, this is the BEST COMMENT EVER. You don’t know how much that means to me! Layer that jacket girl – you go Glen Coco. XOXO

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