Lessons in Layering: The Busy Girl’s Guide to Looking Chic From Day to Night This Fall

Here at Glamour, we talk a lot about going from the office to out, be it dinner with friends, date night, or a career-related function that hopefully includes alcohol (because work). And all this requires a sartorial strategy in terms of how to dress for—everyone say it together now—day-to-night. So this is the perfect opportunity to break out your layering game—just like these three ladies who made us look twice with their street-style skills.

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A tailored houndstooth skirt suit totally lies within the guidelines of most office dress codes. And if your workplace is a little more laid-back, try a wrap-front silhouette like blogger Aimee Song’s houndstooth matched set. During the day, opt for your usual button-down shirt or light knit as a layering piece, then come 5:59 P.M,, switch it out for a cocktails-ready graphic tee. Don’t forget to swap out your pumps for a cool pair of metal-detailed ankle booties, like Aimee’s Sandro ones that I’m dying to buy…

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Take a cue from Caroline Issa and edge up your classic button-down and pressed trousers outfit with an edgy moto jacket—leave the blazer at your desk—and a pair of statement heels.

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Blogger Irina Lakicevic gave us an inspired outfit idea that doesn’t require any change from cubicle to cocktails. Layer a long blazer or light fall coat, like Irina’s Phillipa Kay one, over a a textured mididress or skirt with a blouse. (Irina opted for a fringe-y knit skirt by Isabel Marant.) Then cinch the waist of the topper with a thin belt and add black heels, a bright ladylike bag, and a neatly tied scarf for flair.

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