Kerry Washington Just Solved Your Layering Woes With The Perfect Dress

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Some days just call for a no-fuss, single-item outfit, but that doesn't always mean you have to compromise on style. As Kerry Washington's puffy-sleeve dress shows so well, some pieces will actually give you that trend-forward layered look without all the hassle of piecing separates together. Why go through the trouble of mix-matching patterns, colors, and fits when there are mock-layered pieces to do it for you?

Washington was photographed in New York City on Wed. wearing what looked like a black midi dress over a long-sleeve floral blouse. But, a closer look at the outfit reveals that it's actually an all-in-one piece by Jill Stuart.

The dress features a sleek round neck, a mid-length sequin skirt, and is brightened by puffy sleeves in a cheery floral print. Washington wore minimal accessories and her hair down in her usual low-key, low-maintenance style, only dressing up the look with pointed-toe, lace-up boots.

It's no surprise that the actor opted for a one-piece item. Washington's aesthetic is best described as stylish yet simple — she likes to wear one great piece and she wears it well. Days before, the actor sported a form-fitting, oxblood leather dress to the Broadway Loyalty Program Audience Rewards 10th Anniversary celebration in New York, and a week before that she again showed her affection for a floral print in a flowy, flowery long-sleeve dress while attending a New Broadway Play.

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Layering tops under dresses is no new trend — Emma Roberts, Selena Gomez, and Kourtney Kardashian are all fans of the look — but combining the shirt-under-dress duo into one single piece is something worth paying attention to.

Think about it this way: Wearing a pre-layered piece takes all of the work out of finding the right fabrics and colors to pair together. Better yet, you'll probably find a few new pattern combinations that you never would have attempted if left to your own devices.

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