I’ve been on the lookout for some good fall dresses to share with you guys, and this jersey knit shift dress from Old Navy is my latest score. It’s nice in that you can dress it up or down, and the cut is fairly forgiving. Plus it’s just $29 and often goes on sale. (Today it’s 35% off!)
This dress is very soft and comfortable to wear, and the dolman sleeves are a fun detail. I’m wearing the small, and it’s a regular. It also comes in tall and petite, and I probably should have ordered the tall because I expect it will shrink. (I’m 5’5″ for reference.)
I styled it with a workwear look in mind, or I guess this could be a dinner-out look too. I realize not all office situations allow open-toe shoes, but you could wear a closed bootie or a tall boot with this dress as well. It would also look nice with mules or ballet flats if you prefer.
I was actually going to wear these booties with this dress, but then I realized I’ve already styled a dress with them, so I went with these peep-toe booties, which I think are really cute with it for this time of year when it’s still quite warm.
I love peep-toe booties for this time of year when it’s still warm out but you want your shoes to say “fall.” I think the trick to making them look right is to wear them with an outfit that is also a transitional style. This dress has 3/4 length sleeves, so the peep-toe booties make sense. If I had a dress with long sleeves and a turtleneck, the peep-toe bootie might look out of place. I also don’t recommend wearing tights with these shoes so make sure your pedicure is fresh. (And I probably shouldn’t have laid off the self-tanner quite so soon. LOL!!!)
I recommend sizing down a half size in these booties. The heel is on the higher side, but they’re very comfortable and easy to walk in. Bonus, they’re 20% off!
I accessorized with gold. Aren’t these bordeaux tiger eye drop earrings perfect with this dress!?! I picked them up last week when I was at the mall. I wear a lot of plum and burgundy in the fall and winter, so I know I’ll get a lot of wear out of them.
I often get questions about what shapewear to wear under dresses. I like to wear a slip in addition to medium control shapewear with a dress like this. A slip allows the dress to skim easily over the body and not cling to any lumps and bumps.
A few years ago, I picked up this fitted slip at Nordstrom. It’s pricey for a slip, but I like the raw-cut edges for a smooth fit plus it has a weighted hem so it doesn’t ride up. I wear it under all of my unlined dresses.
The slip has “light control” but that doesn’t do much for those of us with post-child bearing bodies or extra weight we’re trying to hide, so I like to wear my Spanx shape my day girl shorts as well. These help contain the belly pudge (ha!) and provide some shaping through the rear.
As far as this silhouette of this dress goes, I like it from some angles, but I’m unsure about it from others. I feel like it makes me look a little top-heavy with the dolman sleeves adding some extra bulk and making my shoulders look wider than they already are, so perhaps this style is better for someone with more of a pear-shaped body type.
I carried a grey bag with gold hardware (similar here.) I find myself carrying this bag a lot these days. It goes with so much, and it’s a great size for carrying the essentials.
I don’t work in an office, but this is an outfit I’ll wear to church or out to lunch with friends this fall. When it gets colder, I”ll wear this dress with tall boots and tights. You can also throw a cardigan or moto jacket on top for extra warmth.
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