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 with a shirt layered under them and jeans with them.
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!
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!!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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?
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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