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Scorching summer days can pose an array of wardrobe challenges; triple-digit temperatures mean the mere thought of wearing anything more than what is absolutely necessary has you perspiring. Yet freezer-like conditions indoors has you longing for the parka hanging in the back of the closet.

The solution lies in the art of layering; a light-weight trench effortlessly tossed over a silk cami and tailored shorts is polished enough for the office, as well as being seasonally appropriate. A touch of embellishment, placed somewhere unexpected, easily allows it to go from day to night.

An effortless way to elevate the pieces that are serving as your foundation layer, is with simple accessory additions such as layered cuffs, a statement necklace, chic stilettos and a coveted handbag.  Unexpected yet perfectly balanced, see how Olivia pulls off this layered ensemble for Refinery29 flawlessly.

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