Wednesday, November 12, 2014

How to Layer a Shirtdress in Fall and Winter

For the past few weeks, Fall and I have been having a great time together, sipping our salted caramel mochas and wearing cute sweaters under our lightweight jackets. Then out of nowhere, Winter decided to show up unannounced and uninvited yesterday morning, with her frost and her wind and her "Don't leave the house without your gloves, fool!" Bitch.

So, grudgingly, I pulled out my tights and got to layering. Since I'm working with a limited wardrobe here, I thought about how I could take this one shirtdress and layer it for varying degrees of chilliness. So here's one printed shirt dress styled for cool, cooler, and cold temps.


For cool weather, I kept it simple and just added a pretty necklace and ankle booties. 


For chillier days (like today),  I'd keep the dress, booties, and necklace, but I'd add a warm sweater and tights. 


Finally, when it's downright frigid, add a blazer and a chunky knit cowl scarf. Maybe even try a pair of fleece-lined tights! (I plan to get some this year--any recommendations?)


Corduroy blazer: Loft (similar) / navy sweater: J.Crew Factory / print shirtdress: Ann Taylor Factory (similar) / tights: Target / taupe booties: Target (similar) / necklace: Target (similar) / cowl scarf: Etsy (similar)

And when all else fails, put on your dinosaur pajamas and stay inside! (Jona wanted in on the picture taking action.) 


How do you layer a dress when it's cold out? 

27 comments:

  1. Jona is so cute!!! Such a happy little guy. Layering is such a great way to get the most bang for your buck with clothes. Especially dresses during the colder months. I love how you made this dress work for every temp! I love your cowl in the last outfit.

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  2. Thanks! He is pretty happy...except when he's hungry or tired, but hey no one's happy then! :) Bang for my buck is definitely what I'm going for these days!

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  3. Closet twin!! Jona and Hendrik that is... he totally just wore these pjs last night :)


    And I love this layering. Each one looks like a new & different outfit, which is an awesome way to get more use out of a dress. I think #2 is my favorite look, but "cool" is my favorite temperature of the options...

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  4. Hehe, why am I not surprised that Jona and Henrik are closet twins?! :)


    Thanks, I do love layering although I agree, I prefer "cool" over freezing. Light layers are just fine with me...it starts to get annoying when I have to have too many layers!

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  5. I love this post! These are great suggestions, totally stretches out the use of that dress! I wish I could find a shirt dress I like, I had one but it was too big. How cute is Jona in that last picture? Love it!

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  6. Thanks Beth!
    This dress was such a surprise find. I was looking for a printed dress and I went into Ann Taylor Factory store on a whim, it's not somewhere I typically shop, and I saw this one on sale. I tried it on and loved it! I don't usually get that lucky, but it was a good day :)

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  7. i *love* the layered look with full scarf and tights - so put together and cozy. perhaps layering is just another reason i love winter?? ;)

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  8. I'm with you on the love for layering, not so much on the winter though! Although winter does mean hot chocolate, so that makes it okay I guess :)

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  9. The weather and it's crazy ups and downs is always to trying this time of year. Love all your layering, and getting lots of milage out of this dress!

    Chic on the Cheap

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  10. Thanks! I know, I feel like I never have enough patience for the weather this time of year!

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  11. What a great mix up of the dress. I have a shirt dress and was wondering how to style it for the winter. I may have to try some of these. Love that corduroy blazer!

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  12. Thanks Megan! I sometimes forget about my dresses when it gets cold out, so I'm trying to find ways to bundle them up a little! :)

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  13. Oh my gosh that dress is fantastic, and so versatile!

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  14. Thanks Krysten! I'm surprised by how versatile it is!

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  15. You styled this piece so perfectly, so versatile!

    God bless,

    xo, Claire

    Http://www.littlemissfashionqueen.blogspot.com

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  16. Thanks Claire, and thanks for coming by!! :)

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  17. Can't go wrong with a versatile shirt dress like that!!!

    Rebecca
    http://www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

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  18. Thanks Rebecca, it is turning out to be really versatile! :)

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  19. Lovely, Shea! I adore shirt dresses! So glad to see the versatility featured here. T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

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  20. Thanks Tina! This is my first shirt dress, and I'm pretty happy with how versatile it's turned out to be!

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  21. All three looks are awesome. Especially Coldest because I'm a huge scarf lover. Happy New Year!

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  22. Thank you!! I love scarves too :) Happy New Year!

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  23. nice--you layered it like a pro and look awesome!

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  24. i never thought to layer!! genius.

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  25. Love the step by step layers. It's amazing how much wear we can get out of our items if we get creative!

    Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

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  26. Thanks Amy! I know it, I try to buy pieces that are layer-able and that I can get creative with. Thanks for stopping by!! :)

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