The first few weeks of the fall season is my absolute favorite. Your closet should be its absolute fullest right now. We are halfway between putting away our summer seasonal garments and pulling out the heavier items. Open toe shoes are still fair game, but so are sweaters! It’s a great place to be.
Especially if you live in a cold weather climate, you live for days where you don’t need to bundle up in a coat. So a sweater dress is a great option for this in-between. In the winter I layer these with tights or leggings – but in the fall, I can still take advantage of showing off what tan I have left before my legs go into hiding until June.
Everyone should have a great sweater dress in their repertoire. My personal favorite sweater dresses have the following features: full-length sleeves (for those of us who are always cold), just a tad oversized for versatility and thin enough to layer, but not thin enough that you can see through it.
Mine was a hand me down from my friend, Thea. (Did you read my article about how to get a deal?) Here’s two that fit the bill:
Let your sweater dress hang loose and pair it with over the knee boots. I love these shoes and I always struggle to find ways to wear them when I’m not on a night out. They can very easily teeter into “lady of the night” territory. The slightly oversized sweater dress prevents this from happening here.
Plus, since this is a transitional outfit between the seasons, it’s just enough skin to be comfortable in that walk to the car as you run from place to place.
Okay, I thought long and hard about posting this because I knew people would ask me about this trench coat. It’s from 2014, my favorite item and I’ve never been able to find anything like it. So, I’m SO SORRY in advance for showing this off without providing you with a link to shop it. It’s from New York & Co and is easily the most feminine trench coat I’ve ever worn. Ugh, I’m sorry again.
ANYWAY – a thinner coat, like a trench is how you MUST layer on a sweater dress. Going bare legged may require an extra layer. A long-line trench will keep you warm without adding a ton of bulk. Bonus points if it is a contrast to your dress itself.
I love a popped collar, I don’t care how Dick Tracy it looks. Say what you will.
A fall special – cognac tones and black – is always a perfect match. It feels earthy and brightens up the wintry black. I don’t know about you, but I always thought black and brown was a no-no. However, turns out, you just need the right shade of brown to make this combination work.
I paired a skinny belt to cinch my waist with ankle booties. Be warned that booties this height tend to shorten your legs, so you’ll either want to come to terms with this (me!) and rock this cute look anyway, or go with a higher heel for the boost.