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Kerry Washington’s Puffy-Sleeve Dress Is Perfect If You Hate Layering

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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.

Inspired by Kerry Washington's faux layered dress? Ahead, The Zoe Report's favorite all-in-one pieces to shop right now.

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Jersey Plaid Dress

Robert Rodriguez

No need to deal with bunched-up tops underneath your lightweight dresses — this plaid-sleeved dress by Robert Rodriguez is an easy solution to your layering woes.

Patterned Long Sleeve Dress

Kolor

Pairing a sweater underneath a dress is a comfy (and warm) look for fall, and this cozy combo is the perfect, pre-packaged pairing to experiment with.

Midi Dress With Pep Hem In Contrast Check

ASOS

This checkered dress by ASOS is the perfect one-item fall find. With a subtle, ruffled hemline and a simple, t-shirt neckline, you'll be able to work this piece into your work and weekend wardrobes.

Floral Sleeve Mini Dress

MSGM

As holiday parties start to ramp up this season, this MSGM piece is worth having on hand. A modern take on a classic LBD with bright, silky sleeves, this dress offers the perfect combination of comfort and character.

Contrast Sleeve Knitted Dress

Versace

Versace takes its classic black v-neck dress to the next level with multi-colored and patterned sleeves.

Contrast-Panel Gingham Cotton Dress

MM6 Maison Margiela

This faux-layered piece by MM6 Maison Margiela combines the perfect long-sleeve shirt with an ankle-grazing, strapless dress.