3 Lessons in Layering Straight From the Streets of Milan Fashion Week

And more of our favorite show-going looks from over the weekend.
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And more of our favorite show-going looks from over the weekend.
Layer tip #1, dresses over pants. Left: Blogger Helena Bordon in Ada Kokosar for & Other Stories coat, Bobstore pants and  Dior boots. Right: Celine dress. Photos: Imaxtree

Layer tip #1, dresses over pants. Left: Blogger Helena Bordon in Ada Kokosar for & Other Stories coat, Bobstore pants and  Dior boots. Right: Celine dress. Photos: Imaxtree

When we first looked at Milan Fashion Week's street style on Friday, the impulse to layer dresses over shirts stood out as one way show-goers were navigating transitional weather. But over the weekend, three fresh tricks for balancing in-between temperatures emerged — the first being dresses over pants (see above). The concept isn't breaking news, but it looks modern and easy over both pressed white trousers, in blogger Helena Bordon's case, or cuffed boyfriend jeans, as demonstrated by the woman giving new life to her Celine striped dress. Plus, it removes the very real threat of overexposure due to sudden gusts of wind. 

Layer tip #2, shirts tied around waists. Photos: Imaxtree

Layer tip #2, shirts tied around waists. Photos: Imaxtree

Another layering trick is tying an oversized oxford shirt around the waist — preferably in a contrasting pattern — as both women above have done with striped styles. It adds figure definition to otherwise loose-fitting silhouettes and keeps bums a little bit warmer. As an added bonus, it also looks very cool. 

Layer tip #3, sleeveless vests. Left: Instagram's Eva Chen in Marissa Webb vest, Banana Republic shoes, Valentino bag and Karen Walker sunglasses. Photos: Imaxtree

Layer tip #3, sleeveless vests. Left: Instagram's Eva Chen in Marissa Webb vest, Banana Republic shoes, Valentino bag and Karen Walker sunglasses. Photos: Imaxtree

Finally, show-goers in Milan demonstrated the versatility of the sleeveless coat/vest with aplomb. This popular fall layering staple can be buttoned up like a dress with nothing underneath — as in Eva Chen's powder pink version — or worn over a long-sleeve shirt and draped over the shoulders like a cape, proving that even open sleeve holes can be ignored in a stylish way. 

For more of our favorite street style looks from over the weekend in Milan, check out the gallery below.