LOFT Cowl Neck Swing Dress

Good morning! I hope you had a nice weekend! Mine has been a bit of a whirlwind, and I’m getting off to a late start this morning. I did end up going to the Nordstrom shopping event with a friend last night, and we had a great time, but we didn’t get home till 11PM. That’s well past my bedtime, and it was also the third night in a row that I was out late, so I’m feeling pretty groggy. It’s definitely going to be a three cuppa coffee kinda day.

I’ve been feeling like I need some variety in my 25 Days of Winter Fashion so I ordered a few casual dresses to style. I pretty much struck out, but I went ahead and photographed this look because I thought it would generate some good discussion.

Styling this LOFT cowl neck swing dress with over the knee boots for a casual winter dress outfit.

I don’t really care for the swing dress style on me; it’s generally more flattering on a pear or straight body type, but I didn’t realize how voluminous this cowl neck dress was when I looked at it on the website. When I opened the box and held it up, I knew I wasn’t going to like it, but I tried it on anyway. After all, you never REALLY know until you try it.

Styling this LOFT cowl neck swing dress with over the knee boots for a casual winter dress outfit.
It’s okay, but it doesn’t really flatter my curves. In the immortal words of Stacy and Clinton, I think I can do better. A structured sheath is more slimming and would make me look more curvy, but this is cute and comfortable for a casual look, and there’s a time and a place for that, I guess.

I liken it to the oversized sweaters that are all the rage right now. There are more flattering styles, but the relaxed cut is cute and comfy and on trend, and it’s nice to have some variety in your wardrobe.

Styling this LOFT cowl neck swing dress with over the knee boots for a casual winter dress outfit.

So let’s discuss what I DO like about this outfit. The dress is a pretty “deep space blue” with a trendy marled effect to the knit. It has hints of black, so you could totally wear this with black tights and black boots. In fact, that’s how I wore it when I took this quick mirror selfie that generated a lot of discussion a few weeks ago.

LOFT Cowl Neck Dress, Size Small

For today’s look, I wore these over-the-knee boots in a trendy mushroom color.

Styling this LOFT cowl neck swing dress with over the knee boots for a casual winter dress outfit.

I LOVE this color because it’s a crossover between grey and tan and goes with almost anything. It’s also close to my skin tone, so it works well with this dress and bare legs because it creates one long, lean leg line. If I wore black boots, I’d wear black tights to create that same long line.

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These particular boots are by Franco Sarto, and I like the lower heel. They’re very comfortable and good quality, but I did notice that the shaft is a bit narrower than some OTK boots I own, and they were extremely snug when I tried them over jeans. They’re perfect for skirts, though.

Styling this LOFT cowl neck swing dress with over the knee boots for a casual winter dress outfit.

Styling this LOFT cowl neck swing dress with over the knee boots for a casual winter dress outfit.

I also carried a mushroom-colored crossbody. I ordered this expecting it to be lighter — more of a nude as pictured online — but it’s a pretty neutral that coordinates well with these boots and other taupe-colored shoes in my closet. I like how it can go with grey or brown, depending on the outfit. That said, it’s too small to hold much so it’s going back. I only carried it long enough to take these pictures, but I’m on the lookout for something similar in a large size.

Styling this LOFT cowl neck swing dress with over the knee boots for a casual winter dress outfit.

I also wore a long pendant to break up the front of the dress. With a cowl neck, I prefer a really long necklace so it doesn’t compete with the cowl.

Speaking of the cowl neck, that’s another feature I really like about this dress. The neckline should be flattering for most body types, and it’s more interesting than the crewneck that is typical for this style of dress. Also, this dress runs big. I ordered both the medium and the small, and this is the small.

Styling this LOFT cowl neck swing dress with over the knee boots for a casual winter dress outfit.

Overall, I think this outfit is more of a hit than a miss. I still don’t love this style of dress on me, but it’s fun for something different. The material is really nice quality, the color is flattering, and I like the cowl neck.

The over-the-knee boots keep the look modern, but so would booties. You could totally wear ballet flats or riding boots with this, but I like the booties or over-the-knee boots for an edgier vibe. When it gets colder, I’ll pair it with black tights and black boots.

Styling this LOFT cowl neck swing dress with over the knee boots for a casual winter dress outfit.

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 cowl neck dress // OTK boots // mushroom crossbody // similar charm necklace // similar silver hoops // David Yurman link bracelet, cable cuff and link ring // nails: CND Oxblood

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