Sweaterizing your T-Shirt Dress

Styling our T-Shirt Dresses for the Colder Months.

The T-Shirt Dress for Any Age: With a Sweater over Top

Quote of the day: “You can do anything, but not everything.” Anonymous

Like the quote above says, maybe you can’t do everything. But I think most of us realize that making our clothing work for different temperatures and in different situations is a smart thing.

So when my mom made the 3 of us “matching” dresses last fall, I also tried to imagine them being worn in the colder months. Needless to say the winter got away from me, but here we are sporting the same dresses (seen here, here & here) for the somewhat cooler months (depending where you live, of course).

Throwing a sweater over your dress is by no means rocket science. Although I have to admit that the idea of doing this when the sweater isn’t a cardigan, did seem new to me. This is in no way a new idea on my blog though, as we styled the same concept here & more recently here.

Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: Thanks to my lovely reader and recurring blogette, Jude, for sending me this sweatshirt—I feel so blessed to have such fabulous readers which I can consider friends!

Styling our T-Shirt Dresses for the Colder Months.

Since the color of this top is more subdued, I thought it would play down the colorfulness of the dress’ stripes! And who doesn’t love having your initial on your clothing items? It reminds me of the show Laverne & Shirley from when I was much younger!!

Styling our T-Shirt Dresses for the Colder Months.

I wasn’t going to wear a necklace or scarf, but my husband thought it was too bare without it! So I followed his advice and added this small neck scarf!

Styling our T-Shirt Dresses for the Colder Months.

I’m not sure if you noticed, but I brought a change of shoes. I was vacillating between the ballet flats and the brogues and figured I let my readers decide which ones they liked better? I kinda think that either work with this outfit depending on your mood!

Styling our T-Shirt Dresses for the Colder Months.

Dress: Mom made it (similar here in green & white)~~Sweater: Zulilly  (similar here)~~Shoes: Mix No. 6 or Life Stride  (similar here & here)~~Scarf: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)

Nancy’s (60’s) Outfit: Nancy’s sweater for this outfit is more of a poncho type sweater! It’s a fun piece because it has sequins scattered throughout it and is very flowy. She wore this same sweater for our sequin post here, here & here.

Styling our T-Shirt Dresses for the Colder Months.

I actually picked the sweater after looking at Nancy’s boot options in her closet. We had purchased these boots at the end of the last winter season, but we haven’t styled them much this winter.

Styling our T-Shirt Dresses for the Colder Months.

The necklaces don’t really stand out too much against the brown of the sweater, but I liked that fact. To me, the skirt portion of the dress is so bright, that keeping it subtle on the top half, isn’t a bad thing?

Styling our T-Shirt Dresses for the Colder Months.

Certainly you’ve noticed, that I love layering bracelets for our outfits? I think it’s such a great way to add in more color & texture instead of  wearing only one little bracelet. In fact, the times that you see that we are only wearing one bracelet—are times that I am practicing restraint—ha ha!

Styling our T-Shirt Dresses for the Colder Months.

Dress: Mom made it (similar here with some color blocking)~~Sweater: Tasha (similar here)~~Boots: Michael (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)

Charlotte’s (70’s) Outfit: If you’re anything like my mother, then you know she’s happy as a lark matching her colors! Since Nancy & I wore neutral color sweaters with our dresses, I let mom wear the matching colored one!

Styling our T-Shirt Dresses for the Colder Months.

I tried to show a closeup of the pattern on the sweater. It’s a sweater I knitted about 10 years ago for my mom! The only rule I had when I was making it for her, was that I got to wear it first because my husband & I were travelling to San Francisco and I thought it’d be so apropos with the lobster on it and all!

Styling our T-Shirt Dresses for the Colder Months.

And here’s another example of practicing restraint, LOL! Mom’s only accessory with this outfit is earrings!! I can’t tell you how much mom wanted to add some more bling to the look, but I thought it’d be fun to give the lobster all the attention!

Styling our T-Shirt Dresses for the Colder Months.

As for the shoes,  I stuck with a neutral ballet flat. My mom bought these at Kohl’s within the last year, and although they don’t have much arch support, they certainly go with everything! At least the gold flats I linked to below look like they have more support!

Styling our T-Shirt Dresses for the Colder Months.

Dress: Mom made it (similar here in B&W)~~Sweater: I knitted it (similar here no lobster included though! )~~Shoes: SO (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here a chandelier version)

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  • The colours in the dresses are lovely and fresh, perfect for Spring. I love your mom’s lobster sweater – you are a very talented knitter. I’ve only managed a patchwork blanket and a scarf so far! Thanks for linking up to Style With a Smile 🙂

    Emma xxx

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Emma!!
      I do love my knitting—it’s sorta creative but I don’t have to come up with my own designs–I think that’s what I love so much!!

  • These fashion ideas are amazing 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Bellissa!!

  • mummabstylish

    Some good combinations Jodie, very nice to see some spring fashions on the blogs too. Jacqui

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Jacqui!!
      I am looking forward to the warmer weather—my tootsies need some air!!

  • Kirsten Wick

    Definately a fab idea. We can all do with a bit of layering in March and it makes the dress more versatile, I love it. Love, Kirsten


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Kirsten!! It does make me feel better when I can get more usage out of my clothing—it just doesn’t come super natural to me!!

  • Honestly, wearing a sweater over a dress (that isn’t a cardigan) is a new idea to me too. I’ve never tried it! But I’m going to have to start! I really like the way it looks on all you ladies. And how cool is the sweater your friend sent you? I own a similar one, but have never thought to pair it with a dress until now! Thank you for the inspiration!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      I remember first seeing this idea and having a V-8 moment (do you know what i mean by that, or is that an older reference??). It’s funny how we can do the same thing over and over (like wear a cardigan over the dress) and not even think about an over the head sweater as the same thing!!
      Thanks for the love, Lindsey!!

  • Amy D. Christensen

    Love all of your toppers. That sweater Jude sent you is a perfect complement for many outfits. I love the uniqueness of Nancy’s poncho and I can’t believe you made your mom’s sweater. It is so pretty. You are so talented. Great post, Jodie. – Amy

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Amy!!
      I do love knitting—it’s my creative outlet even though I’m really not being that creative—I just copy and do what the pattern tells me to do!!

  • What a great way to start incorporating dresses now while the weather is still chilly! ALSO love your new header! Such a chic illustration of all of you


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Michelle!!
      I always talk about updating our clothing–I guess it was high time I updated the blog look!! 🙂

  • Lanae Bond

    This is an excellent transition look! I love your sweater especially the fact it has your intial on it!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Lanae!! And really, if I didn’t like the initial–I could cover it with brooches!! But who doesn’t love their initial on their clothing??

  • This is such a fun post!! I love all the different ways y’all styled them and you all look FAB!! Throwing a sweater over a dress is such a great idea. It’s something I need to do more of!

    – Mary

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Mary!!
      It is amazing how this seems like such a different concept—yet not much different than a cardigan!!

  • Mother Daughter

    I think this is a great idea for this time of year when you can’t count on the weather.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Exactly, Victoria!! And really, if you get too hot—you can always take off the sweater since you do have a dress underneath!! 🙂

  • I love wearing a sweater over a dress (but it’s an idea that only occurred to me relatively recently after seeing it on some blogs…) as it really changes up the look. I love that you all wear dresses made of the same material so that we can see how different sweaters can create different looks. Well done, Jodie!

    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I know what you mean, Andrea!!
      I’ve wore cardigans over my dresses my entire life, but how is it I never thought to pull a sweater over one? It’s funny how our brain works sometimes!!
      Thanks for the positive thoughts!!

  • Such a cute idea to through a sweater over the top! Stretches the wardrobe + makes the dress cozy.

    Le Stylo Rouge

    • Jodie Filogomo

      That’s exactly how to describe it Ashley!! Thanks!!

  • ADA

    Hahahaha, I love how you titled this post – smart and clever! I think all three of you did a great job. That striped t-shirt dress is awesome. Yours is my favorite look. Love your bracelet and Nancy’s bracelets and necklaces, too. And the new layout is fantastic, the art graphic on the banner is the best!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for all of the compliments Ada!! I really appreciate it!
      Didn’t Anne do such a great job with that art graphic picture? I love her charactures!!

  • Love these dresses. That print is so fun! It’s been a while but I used to throw sweaters over my dresses a lot to turn them into skirts. I need to steal this look! So fun!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Laura!!
      I admit I don’t do this often…but it does amaze me how it really can change the whole look as opposed to just a cardigan!!

  • I love the new layout of the blog! And love how these stylish ladies wore the t-shirt dress! I’m all for getting at least 3 looks out of a piece of clothing. Fab!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Elle!!
      It’s only smart to be able to wear our clothing many ways, I think! Although I do crave variety too—so I’m definitely not a minimalist!!

  • You’re really on to something with this style variation! I love skirts but they don’t always love me. On the other hand I have lots of dresses. This is a great way to get more look from the dress, and a better fit than I would have with the skirt. BRAVO!!

    Also…congrats on your new design! It’s bright…fresh…and still so inviting (as are you).

    All the best!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for the love Em!! I really appreciate your feedback on the blog design, because you, especially, have such a great eye for design!
      And I never thought about skirts vs dresses—I guess I’m lucky in they are the same to me. But for someone like you—this could be a perfect way to “wear a skirt”!! And it’s nice because if it gets too hot, you can always take the sweater off and still be clothed—ha ha!!

      • The alternative: now THAT would be a spectacle. From blog to horror story 😂

        • Jodie Filogomo

          Girl—you crack me up!!!

  • Mary Kalpos

    Jodie the new theme looks great. It is nice and clean and let’s us focus on the clothing. All these lovely outfits make me want to go outside and run amongst the flowers. Spring is almost here.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Mary!!
      We laugh, here in Denver though—-because springtime in the Rockies means snow, snow & more snow. March & April tend to be our snowiest months—ugh! At least it doesn’t last long, because the next day the sun will be out!!

  • Nicole Mölders

    Thanks for linking up to the Ageless Style Linkup party.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for being a co-host Nicole—it’s a fun party since I follow all of the bloggers!!

  • Jacqueline Rendine

    I love the idea of layering a sweater over a dress! I need to do this more often!
    Stylin In St. Louis

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I know—I forget about it many times…but it’s a fun trick!!
      Thanks Jacqueline!!

  • I like your look with the ballet flats, it plays up the preppiness of the stripes. And I love that you knit your mother a lobster sweater! That is just too fun.
    Oh and the new blog look is gorgeous!
    Chic on the Cheap

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Lydia!!
      I’m not even sure what got into me to make mom this lobster sweater—I always forget about it because she rarely wears it! I should steal it from her..ha ha!!

  • I don’t know why I always forget layering a sweater over a dress as an option!! This is such a fabulous idea and you all look amazing!!! Thank you so much for sharing with us at On Mondays We Link-Up 🙂

    Trendy & Tidy

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I think since I’ve finally done this style more than half a dozen times, I might be able to say it’s stuck in my brain finally!! Well we’ll see—I am old, you know, and I forget things easily—ha ha!!

  • Great redesign of your blog!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Hi Darlene!! How are you???? I see your blog isn’t up anymore—I’ve missed you terribly!!
      Thanks for noticing the new design—even though I’m such a maximalist when it comes to my closet—I think I like the minimalist design better!!
      I hope you are well!! And acting your little heart out!!

  • I love this style! It is so classy this is such a fun post. Have a gorgeous week 🙂


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Heather!! I appreciate the wonderful words!!

  • I have really only started wearing dresses last year. I know. It’s just with having little babies it was so hard for me to bend over and pick them up and well just everything. Now that they’re older I love dresses. It’s so fun layering them and creating so many different looks!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      I totally get that Ruth. So doesn’t it make you wonder how the women did it all when they couldn’t wear pants? Talk about making life doubly harder!!

  • Rina Doria

    I’ve definitely styled a t-shirt dress with a top too and love how it looks! The striped pattern is such a fun touch as well as the multicolours <3

    Rina Samantha

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Rina!!

  • Love the new header J ! and you’ve just given me a great idea on how to wear a strapless striped dress that’s in the closet 😉

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Lorena!!
      That’s brilliant to wear a strapless dress this way!! I can’t wait to see the combination!!

  • Firstly I love the 3 versions of the dress made by mom…And the sweater for mom made by you! How much more special are these outfits! You did a great job styling all three. The sweatshirt and brogues give an edgy casual vibe to your dress.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Gail! I don’t normally wear my summer dresses during the other seasons, but I figured I should!!

  • Loving the new blog! Loved seeing you all style the same piece.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Mary!!
      It’s probably good if we update everything about us once in a while, right? And I love the new minimalist looks! Shocking for my personality, I know!!

  • Judy Gramith

    Apparently I’m a “matchy traditionalist” just like Charlotte. I love her look because the sweater picks up the general color theme of the dress. I do think she should add a little polka dot or floral scarf ( again in purples and greens) at her neck. To balance the heavy sweater. Her little neck coming out of the sweater just needs “something” (I have this same problem; I have to balance a long thin neck). That lobster knitted into the sweater is incredible and darling!!!!
    You look GREAT in the monogrammed top. It’s really cute on you but I’d like it better with red, blue, navy, yellow; instead of the bright purple and green stripes.
    Nancy looks wonderful in her rust colored sweater and cool necklace BUT I just don’t think it flatters the colors in the dress at all.
    Perhaps Charlotte and I are kindred spirits when it comes to color…

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s so hilarious that you said that about a scarf at the neckline for mom—because I’m pretty sure that’s exactly what she said! And I told her I wanted the sweater I knitted to be the focal point! Hah—see what I know? I should have gone with mom’s suggestion!! Now you realize, that i’ll never hear the end of it from her 🙂
      Thanks again for the top—I’ve worn it a couple of times since with my jeans!!
      And I don’t think it’s bad to be the matchy traditionalist—I’ve just been trying hard to get my mom to add in some variety—but she always circles back!! It’s a hard habit to break, I think!!

      • Judy Gramith

        I do encourage pattern mixing however. As long as the colors ans the sizes of the patterns work together I’ve found that I’m really liking to mix pattern a lot!!
        A floral or dot or plaid in these same colors of purple, white and green and in a smaller print would be awesome!!!

        • Jodie Filogomo

          I’m glad to hear you say you like print mixing, Jude. Because I’ve just been taking photos of us for another series about it!!
          You’re totally right about a print scarf in the same colors for mom’s outfit—I’ll have to peruse her scarf collection and see if she has one like it. If not, I bet she can make one!!

          • Judy Gramith

            No question about it. If not, think about a purple bandana. I’ve seen them in that exact shade at Walmart, $1 near the jewelry dept. =-)

  • I love these looks! I love a t-shirt dress with jackets or cardigans. I also have a few knit dresses that I style casually! Great post!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Cheryl!!
      It is so fun to be able to change up our pieces!!

  • Your re-do of your site is really nice! Very fresh looking! I think Nancy’s outfit is my favorite. Just something about how cozy her sweater is plus how her boots match so well that really stuck out. Your background for your photo is so eye-catching too! Have a great week ladies!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks tons Julia!!
      The backdrop for my photo is this large wall in downtown Littleton—they have a bunch of different painted themes all on one wall!! Rob loves it when we go down there because then he gets to stop into his favorite coffee shop!!

  • Great idea. I don’t know that I’d even think about wearing a sweater over a dress like that, but it looks wonderful.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Isn’t it funny…because I remember thinking that same thing the first time I saw it. Yet I’d wear cardigans over a dress!!
      Thanks for your voice Lisa!!

  • Love the new look of your site Jodie! The mix of patterns in your look is so cool. These are wonderful way to change up this fun dress.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Kathrine!! I really appreciate the kind words!!

  • Very cute Jodie, love the shape of your jacket and I wanted to tel lyou that your new blog look is great! Love the artistic pics of you all.
    jess xx

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Jess!! After seeing you update your design—it made me think I should do it too!! Luckily my husband was so helpful, and so far no errors—I’m sure we’ll find some things we have to change in a day or so…:)

  • Pauline Starsmore

    Love the new design very modern.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Pauline!!

  • I think Nancy’s outfit is my fave! The necklaces really tie it all together, and the sweater you picked is the perfect shape and length to layer over the striped dress. I prefer the ballet flats in your outfit, just because the white makes the look head-to-toe coherent! And I can’t believe you knitted your mom’s sweater! You are so talented! Beautiful and inspirational post!
    Glass of Glam

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Roxanne!!
      I really like Nancy’s outfit too. Especially how the brown really stands out so nicely! And to think I was questioning it when I first put it together!!

  • Laura

    The lobster on your mom’s sweater is so cute! I love mixing up my dresses by adding a sweater or sweatshirt over top!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Laura!

  • Karen

    I like all of these outfits today! I love your jacket/sweater and like the look with the ballet flats the most. I think it’s fun how you just went with neutral tops in spite of the definite color of the stripes in the dresses. This is very creative. The sweater you knitted for your mom is beautiful! I love the beachy feel with the lobster! Knitting is such a talent! Once again, I’m inspired to get some sweaters out that aren’t cardigans to try with my dresses. I think this is an especially good idea as we approach another transition season. Here where I live, we’re back to winter, yet I’m SOOOOO tired of the winter clothes by now!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I know what you mean about being tired of the winter clothes, Karen. I try not to complain about it because it does not good—but I’m salivating just thinking about sandals lately!! Luckily we are travelling to Phoenix next weekend—where it’s 80 degrees—-yippee!! (but on the flip side—it’ll be depressing to come back home afterwards since March & April are usually our snowiest months!!)
      Thanks for the love!! Happy Monday!

  • suzy w.

    Jodie, I have a similar sweater and never thought to layer it over a dress. Such a great look! Really, really like your new blog look too!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Suzy!!
      I’m the same way—I’ll see something styled in an outfit and think—-I could do that!! I always wonder why I didn’t think of it?? Ha ha!!

  • Love the new blog design! Layering a sweater over a dress is always such a good way to style it. One of my favorite things about a dress is just how versatile it can be. You all look great!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Amy!!
      I’m so glad I have found so many of these tricks while blogging—because I used to think of a dress only for “nice” occasions and only in one way!!

  • Love to put jumpers over dresses too! Love the new look blog.

    Gemma x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Gemma!!

  • Bernadette Laganella

    I like the changes you have made. Good luck with the affiliations.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Bernadette!!