April 8, 2012

Shop Your Closet: Try Pairing Dresses and Sweatshirts

Mamas, I'm so bugged when I have something in my closet that I barely wear.  Especially when that something is crazy-fabulous, comfortable, and flattering.  Like my old DVF wrap dress that I "invested" in years ago.  (Snort.  Mike loves it when I use money-managing words to describe clothes.  Like when you "save" money by shopping sales…instead of…not…shopping?  I know.  I don't get it either.)

But it's been sitting in my closet, untouched, for years.  I mean yeah – I was too poochy to pull it off for a while.  But my problem with many dresses (and this wrap dress in particular) is that it's easy to fall into this old thought-pattern:

  1. Wear only when it's warm
  2. Wear under a cardigan
  3. Wear under a jacket

Yawn!  I'm sick of cardigans, and throwing a jacket over makes me feel like I'm either going to work or out on the town.  Sometimes "too fussy" is the death of an item.  

So on a recent visit to the aquarium, I decided to give the wrap dress one final try.  

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I threw a lightweight sweatshirt over it.  While most dresses are reasonably well-behaved under a topper, a wrap dress is knot.  That pesky knot bulges out unattractively.

I decided to use the wrapped fabric as a belt, and do a half-tuck of the sweatshirt to show off the knot.  The result?  Surprisingly flattering – it almost looks like a high-waisted skirt:

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And best of all?  I was crazy-comfy, and the sweatshirt (albeit a very lightweight one) stayed in place even through all of the boys' climbing, chasing and wrestling activities.

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Thankfully, he's only four…and mama can still take him.

But it's getting embarrassingly close.

xo,

S

ps.  Should I hem this dress shorter?  I'm thinking yes….

pps. I'm currently on the hunt for a little floral dress to throw on under my navy sweatshirt…any ideas?

8 Comments
  • Rebecca
    April 8, 2012

    I think that is very cute!

  • Julia Smith
    April 8, 2012

    Love the look – yes, I’d hem the dress above the knee. As for a cute dress to pair with a navy sweatshirt, I saw some very cute faux wrap dresses at Ann Taylor this week – 30% off!. I picked up one in white & black with 1/3rd sleeve (what is that length called) but it looks terrible online, absolutely adorable in person.
    Where do you find sweatshirts that are so… non-sweatshirty? Very cute.

  • Shana
    April 9, 2012

    Julia – thanks for the recommendation!  And for the hem advice.  My sweatshirt in the pic is from Forever 21, actually.  Cost me $6.  :). But my navy jcrew one is more of a sweatshirty sweatshirt, although still with decent drape.  
    Sent from my iPhone

  • JAL
    April 9, 2012

    Fabulous idea! And I love the touch of spring colours with warm leggings and sweatshirt for the not-quite-that-warm-yet weather we’ve been having. Maybe hem, although I’ve noticed JCrew promoting just-below-the-knee hemlines lately, so you may be right on trend.

  • Jess
    April 9, 2012

    Love this. Digging out the b&w polka dot wrap dress and wearing it all to work tomorrow!

  • Maggie
    April 9, 2012

    Love that print! Yes, an inch above the knee would be better (especially for your age).

  • cheralyn
    April 9, 2012

    Seriously?! This is adorable, so comfy/casual/cool! These shop your closet features are blowing my mind, love it! I always feel too fancy in a dress, and have so many cute wrap ones. Plus an embarrassing amount of sweatshirts…

  • Amanda
    April 11, 2012

    Shana, you are so cute!!! Great idea, so stealing it! Forever 21 such a great place to find those random pieces like cute sweatshirts. Here’s a dress that just said “Shana” to me for your blue sweatshirt, in no way affiliated w/this seller, just thought it was cute: http://www.etsy.com/listing/93710345/cotton-dressin-jerseyred-flower-floral

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