The Easy Fall Layering Trick for All of Your Sleeveless Dresses

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As the temperatures continue to drop, it can be easy to push your summer-y, sleeveless dresses to the back of your closet. But if you’re looking for a way to wear them into fall, a few layering tricks will help. The latest crop of street style looks in Paris, London, and Milan show us exactly how it’s done with long-sleeve shirts, a simple yet crucial fall essential.

Start with a classic white button-up, the hero piece that almost always guarantees a winning fall outfit. Whether it’s worn under silky slip dresses or sweater vest dress, the polished piece is a must-have for anchoring those cold weather outfits. But any long-sleeve top of your choice will do, from mesh turtlenecks to sporty pullovers. 

Here, you’ll find five outfit ideas to get you started. And while you’re at it, you can shop each pairing ahead.

1. Check Mates

Photographed by Acielle / Style du Monde

Kate Spade New York Pop tweed dress

$448$135

BLOOMINGDALE’S

Topshop oversize poplin shirt

$68

NORDSTROM

2. The Silky Separates

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Dannijo tie-strap slip dress

$315

FARFETCH

Tory Burch silk bow blouse

$398

BLOOMINGDALE’S

3. The Sweater Vest Dress

Photographed by Thomas Razzano

Loulou Studio Arborea merino wool maxi dress

$330

MODA OPERANDI

Helmut Lang cropped pleated poplin shirt

$415

NET-A-PORTER

4. Prints on Prints

Photographed by Paul Gonzales

Fame and Partners The Leanna floral print dress

$299

SAKS FIFTH AVENUE

Ganni printed mesh turtleneck

$135

SHOPBOP

5. Sweet Meets Street

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Koché panelled midi dress

$1,299

FARFETCH

We11done logo long-sleeve T-shirt

$335

SSENSE