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One Sweater Dress, Three Ways #FashionFriday

Welcome back to 25 Days of Winter Fashion! Cyndi of Grace+Beauty and I have teamed up to bring you 25 winter outfits, and today is Day 8.

3 Trendy Ways to Wear a Sweater Dress for 2015

Sweater dresses are super popular this fall and winter, and I love this wearable trend. When I saw this grey Cozystitch Sweater Dress on sale at the LOFT a few weeks ago, I snapped it up. Today it is $25 off, bringing it down to $64.50.

What I love about a sweater dress is that you can wear it by itself with boots or pumps and a key accessory such as a scarf or a statement necklace, or you can layer it up with a poncho, a fur vest, or a leather jacket.

To illustrate my point, I styled this dress three different ways.

3 Ways To Wear A Sweater Dress

First I put on my sweater dress with black tights, black wedge knee-high boots, and I added a necklace and bracelets. I’d wear this to church or to lunch with friends. (Yes, it’s that necklace again!)

By the way, the tights I’m wearing are by Spanx, and I swear by them. They are the only tights I wear.

How to Wear a Sweater Dress

Outfit Details: Cozystitch Sweater Dress, on sale for $64.50 | similar quilted clutch, $48 | similar wedge boots, $275 (cheaper option, $189; budget option, $49.99) | sunnies on loan from Eye Heart Shades (get 15% off at EHS with code JLSHANE15!!!) | Spanx Bodyshaping Tights, $20 | similar tri-tone bangles$35 + 20% off

Then I decided to take it up a notch with this black faux shearling vest from White House Black Market. I switched out the purse for this fun teal clutch that came from LeTote, and I also changed out my bracelets.

3 Trendy Ways to Wear a Sweater Dress for 2015

3 Trendy Ways to Wear a Sweater Dress for 2015

3 Trendy Ways to Wear a Sweater Dress for 2015

This shearling vest is a bit spendy (I nabbed it when I had a 25% off coupon) but the quality is outstanding. I’ve ordered several shearling vests in my search for the perfect one, and this is by far the nicest I’ve tried. That said, I returned it because $$$. And there’s something about the black fur that I feel is harsh and aging.

I’m on the hunt for a more casual version that’s more affordable but fits as well as this one. I don’t think I’ve found it just yet, although I have a grey and cream one in my closet that I’m going to style next week. That said, if your budget allows, this is a fabulous piece to have. It would be just as nice dressed down with a long-sleeve tee and jeans.

3 Trendy Ways to Wear a Sweater Dress for 2015

Outfit Details: Cozystitch Sweater Dress, on sale for $64.50 | Faux Shearling Vest, $180 | similar wedge boots (cheaper option; budget option) | teal clutch via LeTote | S&D Maylee Ring, $29 | Artisan Stretch Bracelets, $49 and Ally Double Wrap Bracelet, $39 (earn Dot Dollars on purchases from my Stella & Dot boutique) | Spanx Bodyshaping Tights, $20 | Kate Spade Laurie Sunnies, $150

Another fun way to wear a sweater dress is to add a poncho or blanket scarf to the outfit. This is the Bonfire Poncho from LOFT.

3 Trendy Ways to Wear a Sweater Dress for 2015

This outfit is so cozy, yet still chic. I love it.

3 Trendy Ways to Wear a Sweater Dress for 2015

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Outfit Details: Cozystitch Sweater Dress, on sale for $64.50 | Bonfire Poncho, $69 | similar quilted clutch, $48 | similar wedge boots, $275 (cheaper option, $189; budget option, $49.99) | sunnies on loan from Eye Heart Shades (get 15% off at EHS with code JLSHANE15!!!) | Spanx Bodyshaping Tights, $20 | similar tri-tone bangles, $35 + 20% off | S&D Rebel Ring, $39

The versatility of a sweater dress is virtually endless. I feel like it looks different every time I wear it. Next time, for a more casual look, I think I’ll try it with leggings and riding boots and a jean jacket.

Also, if you have a small waist, you might try belting it. Belting dresses doesn’t work for me, but that can be very flattering on some figures.

Which of my three looks is your favorite???

Be sure to visit Cyndi to see the winter outfit she’s styling today! And it’s Friday, so that means linkup day!!

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51 thoughts on “One Sweater Dress, Three Ways #FashionFriday

  1. I love that dress! I’ve been really into dresses this winter, which isn’t my norm, but I’ve been enjoying the new look. I love all three styling options, but I especially like the vest ensemble. And that teal tote!! Love!

  2. I like everything about that sweater dress Jo-Lynne. I can’t say which way I like it best. Question: Does the sweater dress ride up or cling to the tights when you walk? I actually looked at the Spanx tights at Kohl’s, but did not purchase them. Next time, I will!

    Have a blessed day!

    1. Hey Ginger, no, it stays put pretty well. I do feel like it shows lumps and bumps, though, so I prefer it with a layer over it – jacket, poncho, vest, anything. This was the only shot of it by itself that I was willing to post. The rest looked lumpy. 😉

      1. Thanks Jo-Lynne! I think I’ll refrain from buying a sweater dress since I definitely don’t like lumps or bumps showing either.

  3. Thanks for showing us some options! I love seeing different ways to wear the same thing–totally extends my wardrobe! Gotta love that! I like the dress by itself (I would add a scarf, probably) and with the vest the best. The poncho style looks good on you but I know I would feel super bulky in it. I think the jean jacket option would be cute too.

  4. I love a sweater dress – I wear a dress to work everyday !! And in the winter I am always looking for cute sweater dresses – I love the one you styled I will certainly have to try it on when I am at the mall next. I will have to give the Spanx tights a try – I typically wear the HUE luster tights because they do not stick to any of my dresses. I noticed someone else asked if the Spanx tights stick to your dresses – do you find that they do ?

    I think my favorite look you did is with the vest (bummer you had to return it, but for that price you need to be 100% happy). I think my other favorite look would be the one you didn’t post – with the jean jacket. On “jeans day” at work I typically will wear a jean jacket with one of sweater dresses — it’s the cutest look ! Thanks for sharing.

  5. I LOOOOVE this sweater dress! I think I might have to get it in the deep ruby color. And I have the perfect leopard waist belt to go with it! I really like the different ways you styled it! 🙂

  6. That’s a great dress! I love all of the styles, but especially the one with the vest. I hope you find a vest that you completely love. Whenever I hesitate about an item, I let it go. We need to be happy in our clothes (and have peace of mind about the cost).

  7. All three looks are great! I have never even thought about wearing a vest with a dress but that is a great look. Thanks for sharing! ???? I also like the shirttail hem line of that dress. The little details mean the most. ????????

  8. I am actually wearing this dress today in the camel shade. It’s a trial run to see if it might work for Thanksgiving. If my light lunch doesn’t produce a “food baby” that causes this dress to cling to unflattering body parts then it’s a GO! I love how you styled it and I am wearing it today in a similar to your basic way with heeled boots and a long pendant necklace. I wanted to try a blanket scarf with it but the heat tends to be on the warm side in the office and I was afraid of being uncomfortable. Also going to try it with my leopard print heeled booties.

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