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How To Layer Dresses In Winter The Emma Roberts Way


With temperatures dropping each day, layering becomes a crucial dressing strategy for winter weather. The stylish tactic, however, isn't limited to piling on various wool coats, fleece pullovers, and turtleneck sweaters. Emma Roberts may have just found the best way to layer dresses during winter and, spoiler alert, it's so easy to recreate in your own wardrobe.

Roberts was photographed in the layered look while attending the Walk of Fame ceremony for television producer Ryan Murphy in Hollywood on Mon. The American Horror Story actor wore a slightly sheer button-down in the perfect cream hue by Lisou underneath a 2nd Skin Co. jewel-encrusted mini-dress. The complementing separates worked together to create the illusion of a single, long-sleeved piece.

When it comes to accessories, Roberts definitely doesn't play around. Each addition looked methodically thought out, striking the ultimate balance between seamless coordination and texture play. She wore a metallic pair of t-strap Louboutins and a neutral-colored bucket bag by Mark Cross to finish off the look. These soft-hued pieces acted as the perfect backdrop to accentuate her bright-blonde highlights and her new bob haircut. And although you might not notice at first glance, Roberts added a subtle pop of color in the form of deep-red nails and a matching lip.

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Roberts' inventive way of layering is a lot easier than it looks. If you're regretting having banished your sleeveless minis to the summer section of your closet, it's time to let them out for the colder months. That is, when you wear them on top of a silk, satin, or sheer button-down top.

Not only can this new way of layering keep you warm, it can also help add a certain element of professionalism to a dress you'd never dare wear to the office. Give your trusted little black dress a new lease on life by pairing it with a polka dot button-down, opaque tights, and tall boots. Ready to try it for yourself? Read on to shop The Zoe Report's favorite mini dress and silky top pairings to add to your winter lineup immediately.

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Daddy Daydream Dot Button Down



Dress up a bold and playful pattern by pairing a mini dress with this sheer button-down. You'll love the endless options you have when it comes to styling this statement piece.

Sleeveless Ruffle-Hem Mini Dress With Topstitching


Derek Lam

Invest in a simple black mini to be worn all-year long. Whether you're layering up and adding boots or wearing it with heeled sandals on a warmer day, this dress is the elevated version of a simple classic.

Schiffer Pocketed Pleated-Back Button-Down Shirt


Lyssé Plus

A traditional white button-down is a necessary addition to any wardrobe. When you aren't pairing it with your favorite dresses, this top will look perfect with jeans, plaid pants, and skirts.

Fit & Flare Floral Party Dress


Prabal Gurung

The fit-and-flare style of this dress makes it easy to layer on top of a silky top, a form-fitting knit, or even a short-sleeve button-down.

Metallic Button-Up Skirt


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Incorporate a metallic piece into your New Year's Eve look, without taking the expected route of a sparkly mini dress, with this textured button-down.

Arsha Dress



Pale pinks aren't just for spring and summer. Bring this soft tone into the colder months by wearing it over a long-sleeve top. Accessorize with suede thigh-high boots, a bucket bag, and bold jewelry for a touch of glamour.