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Dree Hemingway and Alexa Chung Demonstrate a Simple Trick for Making Spring Dresses Work in the Office

April 25, 2013

Along with Jaime King, I'm totally obsessed with Alexa Chung and her inventively cool (and totally effortless) sense of personal style. She's great for stealing style tips from too, both for work and play, and one of my favorites was just seen on model (and great-granddaughter of Ernest) Dree Hemingway—the crisp white button-down under a spring dress. It's an inspired way to make your cute spring and summer dresses work overtime as office-wear. Sneaky, sneaky. Here's how:

Let's start with the OG master of layering, Alexa Chung, who rocked this Christopher Kane dress over a white shirt last year. Since her brocade design is a body-conscious silhouette, Alexa opted for a lean-cut shirt to avoid any awkward bunchiness to keep the whole look sleek and tailored. Her button-down also has some beaded embellishment on the collar and cuffs—which would be an extra-chic detail, as long as your office is cool with that.

At a Tribeca Film Festival dinner thrown by Chanel, Dree Hemingway made the look her own with a light ruffly confection. Here, the white button-down—neatly buttoned to the top—is key to off-setting the girliness of the pastel hues and texture. I like how she contrasted the look with masculine black-and-white oxford creepers, but that might not work for everyone. A pair of T-straps, Mary Janes, or close-toe booties would work too!

Do you like the shirt under a dress look? Would you wear that to the office? (Full disclosure: I've done it with a leather dress over a denim button-down.)

Photos: Getty Images

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