January 24, 2017

New Fav Outfit Combo: Sporty Sweater Dresses + Parkas

Hey gang!  Maybe you guys can help me out:  My husband is taking me to Brooklyn for my birthday next weekend (we’ll be seeing Then She Fell), and I’m trying to pack. Ugh.  Packing’s the worst.

I may take one of the outfit combos I’ve been swooning over lately: a parka + sweater dress.  It’s both practical and cute.

Unsurprisingly, the sweater dresses I’ve fallen in love with all have stripes.  The vibe is more sporty than French Girl, but either type looks cool with OTK boots and a cozy parka.  (And they all look good over jeans if we get hit with a cold snap.  Really.)

The problem?  I have three of these dressesand can’t decide.  Wanna weigh in?

The Brightly Striped Set

Ok – so there’s no doubt that this dress is gorgeous, but all that color.  Is it me?  (Also, this dress is a set….and the skirt looks really cute with a….drumroll please….black turtleneck.  My usual trick, haha.)

Outfit Details

sweater dress set: Free People sweater dress set (xs for reference, and note that the top is pretty cropped)

parka: S13 Canyon Parka 50% off!  (xs for reference….I am so flipping happy with this one, and many of you are too.  I’m still getting emails from readers raving about this parka.)

boots: Stuart Weitzman Lowlands (also on Amazon) – if you are looking for a more affordable option, Gwen has been LOVING this pair.  They still feel like quality boots without the giant price tag.

 

The Swingy Dress One Can Eat In

This one is the least fitted, and I like the idea of eat vast quantities of food without fear. #vacation

Outfit Details

sweater dress set: Free People Falling For You Dress (xs, also in rust color)

parka: S13 Canyon Parka – 50% off!  (xs for reference….I am so flipping happy with this one, and many of you are too.  I’m still getting emails from readers raving about this parka.)

boots: Stuart Weitzman Lowlands (also on Amazon) – if you are looking for a more affordable option, Gwen has been LOVING this pair.  They still feel like quality boots without the giant price tag.

 

The One Where I Dither Over The Color Options

Sooooo…I love this dress.  I especially love it in black, which was. not. available. when I first purchased it two weeks ago.  However, it is now, and on sale.

What’s a girl to do?

Outfit Details

sweater dress set: Free People Colorblocked Dress (xs)….or try Macy’s for the black one (on sale!)

parka: S13 Canyon Parka – 50% off!  (xs for reference….I am so flipping happy with this one, and many of you are too.  I’m still getting emails from readers raving about this parka.)

jeans:  AG the leggings skinnies – my usual

boots: Stuart Weitzman Lowlands (also on Amazon) – if you are looking for a more affordable option, Gwen has been LOVING this pair.  They still feel like quality boots without the giant price tag.

 

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So….which combo should I bring with me to Brooklyn???  And if your pick is the last one…which COLOR??  (navy OR black??)  Help!

I also wouldn’t say no to any advice on what to wear to Then She Fell.  An Alice-in-Wonderland style dress?  Or do I….idon’tknow…need to scramble around on my knees for any reason?  Which would imply jeans and sneaks??

xo,

S

photo credits:  the amazingly talented Redfield Photography

ps. Look who joined in on the shoot….  #whyIlovePhilly

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  • Belinda
    January 24, 2017

    hmmm…only keeping one? huh…well I agree the first is too much color for you..middle one eh…but the last dress…I think in the black…since thats your comfort color…

  • Belinda
    January 24, 2017

    oh! also…if you got that Maje..pj/ top/ jacket…can you style it please?…just ordered it and its marked down even more!..

    • Belinda
      January 24, 2017

      Oh! and what to wear to the show?! That sexy dress with stars and your highlands!

  • Shannon
    January 24, 2017

    Last one…in black. Have fun in Brooklyn! I hope you go to Roberta’s for pizza 🍕!

  • Laura Jansen
    January 24, 2017

    I adore the top one so much! Especially with the parka on, but I do understand it’s a lot of color. And you know me…queen of gray. But somehow I just love it so much. Second choice would be the last dress in the black.

  • Oymomma
    January 24, 2017

    The last one. In BLACK. Because you deserve it!

  • Amanda
    January 24, 2017

    All cute, but I vote for the last one:)

  • Phoebe
    January 24, 2017

    Definitely the first one. It’s the perfect time of year for some color!

  • Shel
    January 24, 2017

    I do like them all. Contrary to most comments, I like the last one the least…would like more in the black, though. I think the middle one looks best with the parka and the colored set is very Brooklyn…plus it could be 2 outfits with the tneck option! I seriously heart sweater dresses. Thanks for the options!

    • Keri
      January 24, 2017

      Top one! It’s so fun and you look so cute! Agreed that skirt would look great with a black turtleneck and I’m thinking the top would be fun with a just below the knee black knit pencil skirt or maybe distressed denim shorts in the spring?

  • Meredith
    January 24, 2017

    I vote for the first one. Love that you can wear as separates too. That way you can pack less. The parka also works perfectly with the bright colors! It provides a neutral background in a way.

  • Christy Hartman
    January 24, 2017

    Frankly, I don’t remember anything but the colored one. It wowed me. In honor of growth, I say go out of your comfort zone.

  • houseofboys
    January 24, 2017

    Last dress in black and I am firmly a navy girl, but those stripes and black are amazing!
    Not that you need an out of the way Brooklyn pizza suggestion but I’m gonna give it anyhow: DiFara’s in Midwood (right around the corner from my first NYC apt) is the best pizza anywhere ever always. My husband drove out of his way to get some last time he was passing through to Jersey from Georgia (!!) it is that good. If you want to make it a longer, more substantial visit to a secret haunt, you can stop by Cafe K for chocolate cake which is super good. I would go there for coffee and cake when I locked myself out of the aforementioned apartment.

    • Debbie
      January 25, 2017

      I grew up a few blocks from DiFara’s and ate their pizza all the time. It was my best friend’s favorite pizza place although I loved another pizza place a block away (now closed). I like their square pizza. Go try DiFara’s! You look great in all of the dresses, I love these stripes. Get the black one (though no more stock in XS at Macy’s or I’d order it too).

  • Lisa Gruchot
    January 24, 2017

    I love the multi-colored stripe set so much. And the last one too! Can you bring both?

  • Aly
    January 24, 2017

    The top one…it’s gorgeous!! You wear it better than both of the models, too. It’s so flattering on you.

  • Missy
    January 24, 2017

    love the first one!!!

  • Amy
    January 24, 2017

    I love the first one! I think the color balances nicely with the tall black boots and you look super cute.

  • A
    January 24, 2017

    I don’t ever comment. Big Deal. Listen up. First one: No it’s not “you” but neither is going to Brooklyn with Mike for your 41st birthday. That’s ALL NEW. If you are going, go big. Go huge. Are we going with a freaking sweater dress? Ok fine: GO! Go first one and go all CRAZY!!!! The last one looks like we weren’t sure if we were skiing or going to HSA. In fact I wore that one skiing when the Challenger blew up. That’s bad luck, for sure. And I don’t personally do middle ground. This much we know. Out. Love. A. (Am I fired from ever posting again? That works. Just wear all the colors/stripes first.). You are perfect. However you are. Whatever you wear. I don’t care. Just come home eventually. Xo A

    • A
      January 24, 2017

      And now that I just played a quick game of Tuesday night catch-up on all news, blogs, posts, and comments, I have this to say: Definitely go with the first one. Because it’s LOUD. And right now, there are things that need to be HEARD. And they aren’t BLACK AND WHITE. They just AREN’T. And they also, don’t have a giant PINK STRIPE running through them, even though we feel that so deeply in our hearts. Wear the crazy ALL COLORS to represent the woman I know you to be: the one that listens first, respects always, feels everything, and gives endlessly. You can’t do that in one color. Nor two. Nor three. You need many. We all need MANY. I love you. A

  • AF_NY
    January 24, 2017

    The top one made me say “Yesss” out loud. That one for sure.

    • AF_NY
      January 24, 2017

      (And by top I mean the multi-colored striped one)

  • Claire
    January 25, 2017

    I think the most colorful one is really fun. In comparison, I think the second is a little too big and the third just wasn’t that exciting. You could dress down the first dress or dress it up for a holiday party – it works on you!

  • M
    January 25, 2017

    Yes!! I agree, after the first striped dress combo there was nothing else to see. I was wowed. And yes, you wore it better than the model- I probably wouldve scrolled right past it but alas now its in my cart and forever embedded on my mind as a MUST HAVE. I LOVE that you can style it separately for more versatility!!

  • Christine
    January 25, 2017

    First one is the most flattering and those colors look amazing on you!

  • Jem
    January 25, 2017

    Definitely the first one. The other two were ‘blah’.

  • Leah
    January 25, 2017

    First one for sure. Also, forget every else’s pizza recommendations. My husband and I own Williamsburg Pizza and it’s the best of the of best. Say hi if you stop in 🙂

  • Em
    January 25, 2017

    First one! It is the most special and most versatile.

  • tracyvh
    January 25, 2017

    Top one in the bright stripes screams vacay and looks divine on you!

  • carolynn
    January 25, 2017

    You must go with the top one with all the colorful stripes

  • Jamie
    January 25, 2017

    A. I had no idea that Macy’s carries free people. Thanks for letting me know!!
    B. First or last dress for sure! I like the last one in navy, hands down. Great look for winter- I love it!

  • Heidi
    January 25, 2017

    I don’t think you can make a bad decision, they’re all freaking adorable! I do have a question about the parka though… It looks much more slate colored on the website and more army green here. How does it look in person? Thanks!

    Heidi || Wishes & Reality

  • Robyn in LA
    January 25, 2017

    First One!

  • Shannon
    January 25, 2017

    The colored crop top would also look awesome with high-waist black flares or overalls. Just saying!

  • Desiree
    January 25, 2017

    For Then She Fell – comfy flat shoes with decent traction as you’ll be going up and down some narrow stairs. It’s such a great show! Have fun!

    • Desiree
      January 25, 2017

      Oh, and if memory serves we left coats and large bags in the first room in cubbies. If you are worried about your personals maybe bring a tiny cross body bag.

  • Deborah
    January 25, 2017

    The first one for sure! It’s the most interesting. And because it’s two pieces, you can wear them separately as well.

  • Jill
    January 25, 2017

    The first dress. Really cute, esp. with the bright lipstick.

  • Cindy K
    January 26, 2017

    It’s a great look in general, but IMO the first one is the best. It’s a headturner!

  • Sheila dolinger
    February 5, 2017

    First one all the way ! Most lively and sexy to boot. You should watch “Iris” – life story of Iris Apfel and you’ll be inspired to inject some color and a sense of humor in your style 😀😀😀

  • Stacie j
    February 6, 2017

    Seriously love all the dresses and your coat is fabulous! I simply ❤❤ the pictures with you and the adorable mail man. You are simply the cutest 😘

  • Abby Bliss White
    February 6, 2017

    You look so adorable in all those dresses and I am laughing because I have put most of them in my cart. Oh lordy, your site makes me buy things. I have been eyeing the Stuart Weitzman boots for a while, but I am vertically challenged- 5’3. Do you think these boots would swallow me up?? I have short legs thus my concern. They are an investment. Any advice would be appreciated. xoxo

  • Shawn
    February 7, 2017

    I love the first one! It’s somehow dressier but still casual at the same time. You have such a cute style. I have OTK BLack boots and I’m now inspired to try to wear them more.
    Q: how tall are you? At 5’8″ I’m afraid all of the items would be too short for my comfort zone.

  • Lauren
    February 7, 2017

    The first one looks the most special; and you can get so many looks from those two pieces!

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