The T-Shirt Dress for Any Ages: Paired with Jeans
Quote of the day: “Knowledge is being aware of what you can do. Wisdom is knowing when not to do it.” Anonymous
My original thought for the last category in making our t-shirt dresses work for the cooler months was to pair them with leggings. The problem I discovered was that the knit material of the dress kept clinging to the knit leggings. And having to wear a slip under it just seemed like too much work.
Then I saw in the March edition of InStyle Magazine a blurb about dresses over pants. Now I will admit, I’ve seen this style a couple of times on other bloggers and it’s not my favorite. But then again, I keep telling myself, this isn’t much different than a tunic over leggings, right? AND, then I also saw a blurb about it in People’s Red Carpet Style Magazine. So I went with the old adage that if you can’t beat them, join them!
And check below at the bottom of the post, because Carmen sent me her photo wearing the same thing!! See—we’re all crazy!
I knew this concept would get some push back from my models!! (That’s why I used this quote today-for a little irony). This is just not how we were raised to wear a dress so it’s hard to change our thinking! But here goes anyways! We also wore these same t-shirt dresses with a sweater over top and a shirt underneath.
So you have to tell me….are you open to this style of a dress over pants? Or is it too out there for you?
Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: I wanted to show different colored jeans under our dresses. I pulled out my white jeans since they are truly my go-to’s no matter what time of year. This pair is the coated variety, which is nice because they don’t collect kitty fur!
Since I wasn’t going to wear a necklace, I decided to opt for some big, fun earrings instead. I actually found these at a thrift store many years ago, and I really like them because they aren’t too heavy on my earlobes!
Now I wasn’t planning on wearing a belt with this look, but the cardigan (which is actually a sweater dress that buttons up the front) didn’t want to stay closed very well, so I grabbed the belt on the way out the door. I liked the colors of the belt with this outfit, but the beading competes a little too much for my liking.
However, at the end of the day I had an AHA moment, and turned the belt around backwards! Then the beading gave the rear view some interest, and the brown elastic (the back portion of the belt) tied in nicely with the brown of the cardigan! Of course, I didn’t get a photo of this change in my outfit—but hopefully you get the idea!
Of course, I had to add in some brooches on the cardigan for the required bling!! These accessories were put on the sweater before I had grabbed the belt, so I thought they added a nice touch to the solid colored brown. I’m showing the outfit below without the belt, which is what I saw in the mirror at the beginning of the day.
Dress: Mom made it (similar here in green & white)~~Jeans: LOFT (similar here)~~Cardigan: Max Studio (similar here)~~Shoes: Jessica Simpson (similar here)~~Belt: (similar here in a maya design)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Brooches: (similar here or here’s a dragonfly by itself)
Nancy’s (60’s) Outfit: I knew Nancy had these sage green skinny jeans in her closet, so I thought they’d tie in well with the colors of the dress.
Nancy’s dress is more of what I’d consider a color blocked dress with the green on top and stripes on the bottom. We didn’t add a belt to the outfit in the last post, so I thought I would for this one.
The shoes are Nancy’s metallic ballet flats that she bought for touring around on her last river cruise. The belt and earrings are different metallic colors, but then the necklace ties them all together!
This necklace has sparkles on the reverse side (and I’m sure that’s the “right” side), but it looks just as good and a little less “dressy” when it’s turned around. Have you ever reversed your jewelry like this?
Dress: Mom made it (similar here with some color blocking)~~Jeans: Chaps (similar here in an ankle version)~~Shoes: Ecco (here in other colors)~~Belt: H&M (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here a smaller version)~~Earrings: (similar here)
Charlotte’s (70’s) Outfit: For my mom’s outfit, I had her wear her moto jeans that we bought at a consignment shop. These jeans are a tidge long to wear with flats, so we always pair them with heels.
Mom’s dress has a “v” cut out in the front like mine does, so she wanted to close it with her matching pin for this look!
Both the earrings and bracelet are the same colors that are in the dress. However, since they are the darker versions of the purple, I think they blend in well!
Mom just came up with the idea about shortening these jeans while we were taking the photos. She thinks she can shorten them at the knee area where there is a seam, since it can’t be done at the bottom because of the zippers. So stayed tuned to see these jeans with flats sometime in the future!!
Dress :Mom made it (similar here in B&W)~~Jeans: DG 2 (similar here)~~Shoes: SRO (similar here in a suede or here with a lower heel)~~Pin: (similar here in lighter colors)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)
Carmen of Fashionable Over 50: Carmen and her daughter are showing the same dress—and they are both wearing it over jeans! It’s nice to know that I’m not the only crazy one!!
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I rounded up some other jeans for $100 or less, since they are such a staple nowadays!