Adventures in Layering: Sweater Over Dress

sweater over dress

Ever since I found this dress over the summer I have been envisioning it with a sweater layered over it. Since my powers of positive visualization are spot-on lately, it makes perfect sense that this outfit materialized. I am on a roll, people!

How can you find the perfect dress/sweater combination, you ask?

  • Find a dress with a simple, unfettered top. My dress is very fitted and sleeveless, so there’s no extra bulk in the form of ruffles or pockets up top, which makes it perfect to put a sweater over.
  • The necklines of both the dress and sweater should more or less match one another, shape-wise.
  • Waist definition. This is key. If your dress is shapeless, your sweater should be more fitted, and vice versa. If neither have shape, try putting a belt over the top layer. Extra layers can sometimes be bulky, and give you a shapeless kind of look. Defining the waist can mitigate this phenomena.
  • The colors should sing to each other in harmony, or at least hum the same tune. Try a simple neutral sweater with your printed dress, or try solid on solid if you wanna do that color-blocking thing everyone’s so crazy for.

If you aren’t sure which pieces can be layered in your closet, just have me come over and conjure up some combinations for you with my powerful visualization-mind! Let me do the layering work for you, so you can just sit back and be cozy all winter.

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sweater over dress

sweater over dress

Dress: Vintage (via Laced with Romance), Sweater: Madewell, Tights: Hue, Boots: Zara

sweater over dress

January 31, 2012

5 Responses to Adventures in Layering: Sweater Over Dress

  1. Lyddiegal says:

    This is another one I must try out!
    Did you fold the hem of your sweater under, or is it a more cropped piece?

  2. Joyce says:

    Great dress! Great layers! I love the extra mileage and looks you can get just by layering!

  3. Grace H says:

    I love the boots! They’re the perfect pairing for the girly print on that dress!

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