I’m Not a Layer, I Just Crush a Lot

Photo: Ideegeniale.blogspot.com

A little creativity goes a long way when it comes to re-styling your wardrobe for the winter, which Melanie of Idée Géniale clearly knows. When I stumbled across her picture, something looked familiar… The Hours Dress! That floral frock had been hanging out in my closet for weeks, and I had yet to figure out how to fashion it for the forty-degrees-and-below weather – until now!

I absolutely love the idea of taking lightweight cotton frocks and turning them into jumpers. Skillful layering is key to braving the elements while also looking elegant, which she accomplished by donning a white blouse underneath her posy-printed piece, then adding inky black tights, a woven belt, and the most adorable taupe heels ever seen! The end result is effortless, exquisite, and provides more warmth than the darling dress would have alone.

Do you have any special styling tips that keep you looking sleek and chic when the weather’s less than cooperative? Oh, and P.S. If you got the reference in the title of this post, I <3 you.

About Natalie

As the owner of three small, fluffy dogs, Natalie has accepted the fact that dog hair being everywhere and on everything is just part of her lifestyle now. She cannot stop decorating (and redecorating) her home, and lives by Robert Venturi's words, "Less is a bore." Fresh flowers, floral print dresses, and a good gin and tonic are just a few of her favorite things.

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  1. Annie (ModCloth) 03/02/2010 at 6:06 pm #

    Who DOESN’T love Big Pun and Fat Joe?

    The title of this post is matched in awesomeness by the styling of Melanie’s flawless ensemble!

  2. Katie 03/02/2010 at 8:48 pm #

    I don’t wanna be a layer no more! 🙂

  3. chelsea 03/02/2010 at 9:02 pm #

    I love this dress! And the way Melanie styled it!

  4. Diana 03/02/2010 at 9:06 pm #

    I love how she styled this piece!

  5. Bri 03/02/2010 at 10:22 pm #

    cute! i love dresses and tights more than anything in the world!

    well, I love cake a little bit more.
    but you can’t wear cake in the winter…..or can you????

  6. Leslie 03/03/2010 at 9:26 am #

    I’ve only ever heard the Incubus version of Still Not A Player, but my best friend and I LOVED quoting that song.

  7. Jennifer (ModCloth) 03/03/2010 at 1:08 pm #

    I get the reference! And I love the reference as much as I love this lady’s outfit. Which is a lot.

  8. mcnorrie 03/03/2010 at 3:26 pm #

    amazed by the cultural reference! but i still wish it was this instead: “I’m not a layer i just frock a lot”

  9. eyeliah 03/03/2010 at 5:20 pm #

    Super cute look, summer dresses are especially cute in winter.

  10. Mary 03/03/2010 at 7:25 pm #

    So glad I got this dress–now a new way to wear it!!

  11. Turi (ModCloth) 03/04/2010 at 4:04 pm #

    Jasmine of Transient Withdrawal also recently blogged about this dress. Check out her take on the Hours Dress: http://transientwithdrawal.blogspot.com/2010/03/big-city-dreams.html

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