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Easy Outfit Upgrade: Layer a Shirt Under Your Dress

Easy Outfit Upgrade: Layer a Shirt Under a Dress(Source: Getty Images; Bauer Griffin)

As soon as mid-August rolls around, you realize two things: you won't be in summer frocks for much longer (boo!) and colder weather means fall fashion (yay!). Don't toss that dress to the bottom of your closet just yet, however. You can easily get a few more months out of it by simply layering a shirt underneath.

Stylish stars on and off the red carpet have used this smart trick. Not only can you make your dress weather-appropriate, but you can transform the look entirely. A low-cut piece can turn conservative and a strapless cocktail dress can instantly look more casual. Most examples chose to stick with a fitted, neutral top beneath the dress. You could definitely experiment however, mixing and matching with shirts' and dresses' patterns.

Emma Stone paired a little black dress with a white short-sleeved T-shirt.

Emma+StoneMarch 10, 2013: Emma Stone at the premiere of 'The Croods' in New York City. (Bauer Griffin)more pics »
Alexa Chung made her bubble dress pop by wearing a long-sleeved black shirt and all black accessories. 

Alexa+ChungMedia personality Alexa Chung attends the Proenza Schouler Spring 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at 330 West St. on September 14, 2011 in New York City. (Getty Images)more pics »Sarah Jessica Parker got away with wearing a see-through eyelet dress, thanks to her black shirt and matching tights. 

Sarah+Jessica+ParkerSarah Jessica Parker presents The SJP Collection in Salon Shoes at Nordstrom in The Grove on March 6, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Getty Images)more pics »On the street, a New York Fashion Week attendee creatively color blocked with a cutout dress and blue top. 

New York Fashion Week Spring 2014 (ImaxTree)more pics »In Paris, blogger Natalie Joos played up the pink floral pattern in her dress with a turtleneck in the same shade. 

Paris Fashion Week Spring 2014 (ImaxTree)more pics »Now try the look yourself with the pairings we picked:

Easy Outfit Upgrade: Layer a Shirt Under a Dress(Source: Missguided, Guess)Missguided Janelle Cropped Shirt, $36, at missguidedus.comGuess Strapless Leopard-Print Midi Dress, $118, at guess.com

Easy Outfit Upgrade: Layer a Shirt Under a Dress(Source: Three Dots, Club Monaco)Three Dots Essential Short Sleeve Crew Tee, $42, at shopthreedots.comClub Monaco Prue Strapless Dress, $159, at clubmonaco.com

Easy Outfit Upgrade: Layer a Shirt Under a Dress(Source: Gap, Bloomingdale's)Gap Supersoft Stripe Crewneck Tee, $23, at gap.com; BCBG Max Azria Elyzabeth Crossed Cutout, $209, at bloomingdales.com

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