Week 12: One way to layer a LBD

It’s Week 12 of the BusiChic Little Black Dress (LBD) Project where I’m wearing a LBD to work once a week for the whole year to share 52 different ways of styling this staple for the office. This week, I’m showing one way to layer a LBD against the chill of Autumn/Winter.

Many thanks to all of you BusiChics who put up with my un-toned arms over the warmer-weather styling of my sleeveless LBD! Your patience will be rewarded for in my opinion, the beauty of a sleeveless LBD comes into effect as the mercury drops; a time where we embrace the art of layering!

This week I’m working with knits. Merino wool knits in a variety of styles and colours are one of my favourite Autumn/Winter pieces to work with. They are easy to pair with other classic workwear pieces such as pencil skirts, cropped pants, high waisted trousers etc and not to mention; perfection to layer under a sleeveless frock.

Week 12: Layer a LBD by popping a longsleeve knit underneath, opaque stockings, ankle boots and my elbow-length leather gloves

I say perfection because as someone who feels the cold, I like to do this totally nanna thing of tucking in my merino knit into my opaque stockings under my dress so that there is no chance of me catching an awkward draft of cold! If this sounds appealing, do take care to ensure that the tucking in is as smooth as possible to avoid lumps and bumps showing through your black dress 😉

Any Melburnian or French lady for that matter will tell you that the art of wearing black rests in mixing up textures. Hence my LBD layered with a merino knit (which I picked up for a relative song from Portmans when I was caught out in Melbourne’s sudden cold spell), opaque stockings, luscious leather gloves and patent leather brogue ankle boots. This particular knit is appropriately long-sleeved for cold weather but also has a cowl neck. I find this style is both more flattering for my round face than say a skivvy/turtleneck and offers multiple options for re-arranging through my LBD. What do you think??

Beauty note: brighten up dark days and workwear with a bright lippy. I like to keep all my other makeup simple when I reach for my favourite red: NARS Dragon Girl.

My mother has a fit every time I show up in such an ensemble asking why I dress so morbidly. I’ve counteracted this somewhat by making sure I pump more colour into my makeup and accessories. Hence the gold earrings from Edenborough Evans, creme blush is Stila Convertible Colour in Peony and intense red lip made possible by NARS’ Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl.

And there you have it: one way to layer a LBD! I cannot believe that just last week I was able to get about during the day wearing mine sleeveless – how suddenly the season has changed! Do you layer your LBD? I’d love to hear how you do it!

See more of my styling of a LBD for here < also includes LBDs being worn by other BusiChics


  1. Angelique Carlsson says

    Greetings! I’ve been following your blog for a long time now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from Houston Tx! Just wanted to say keep up the good work!

    • Thank you, Angelique! I really appreciate your comment and hope you’ll be inspired to leave more in future! 🙂

  2. You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this matter to be actually something which I think I would never understand. It seems too complicated and very broad for me. I’m looking forward for your next post, I’ll try to get the hang of it!|

  3. Love the neckline of the knit with the dress! Like your tip to watch out for lumps and bumps under the dress when layering – I hate noticing at the very end of the work day that constant sitting and standing has made a top ride up underneath a skirt or dress!

    Adding colour with the bright lippy was a great idea. I really like this look, one of my favourite ways you’ve worn the dress so far.


  4. really a nice and clean Outfit.

  5. I do layer me LBD & love the cold weather just for that reason. Usually I layer it with a long sleeved top in another contrasting colour so I don’t end up looking too morbidly dark. Then I’ll add texture with some opaque patterned tights.

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