When to bring out your sweater dresses

I had someone ask me a couple of weeks ago if I thought it was time to bring out the sweater dresses. Why yes! Yes it is time! But it got me thinking. When is it the right time to bring out the sweater dresses?

 

There is a right time to bring out the sweater dresses and a wrong time. Summer time, no. Winter, yes. Here are a few tips on when to where a sweater dress:

Cold temperature. I tried wearing one of my thickest, warmest sweater dresses in October. The mornings and evenings felt cold, but day time temps were mostly in the 60’s. I put on my thick sweater dress and felt so stuffy in it, right from the get-go, that I took it off and found something more lightweight to put on.

The thickness of the sweater dress.  The sweater dress I’m wearing in this photo shoot is a lightweight knit material. It was perfect for the changing season!

Short sleeves vs. long. I have a few sweater dresses / tunics that are short sleeved. I have been wearing all of those lately. But as temperatures are starting to get colder, I’m pulling out more of my long sleeved ones as well.

Accessories. When temps are cool, but not cold, wear a sweater dress with booties, heels or sneakers. When it gets cold, bring on the tights and higher boots for added warmth.

Layered. You can also try layering a sweater dress with a collared shirt underneath or a long tunic over the top when it’s cold. When it’s just cool out, skip the layering. The sweater dress itself will be warm enough.

Bonus tip: A sweater dress is also a great piece to wear to a holiday meal. Most sweater dresses have room to expand so you won’t feel uncomfortable after eating that big holiday dinner. Skinny jeans, on the other hand are probably not a good choice. Unless they are stretchy!

Happy Turkey day to all and to all a good night!

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Greensleeves

What could be more seasonal than a sweater dress with greensleeves like the Christmas song, otherwise known as What Child is This? Paired with my winter leggings, also worn here. Some would say the leggings are Christmasy, but with snowflakes instead of Santas or Christmas trees, I would say they are just wintery. Good to wear all winter long! Which is better in my book than leggings that are limited to wear only after Thanksgiving until the end of December.

 

Green sweater dress, patterned leggings, black wedge boots + black faux fur lined cardigan

 

Also, not sure why I’m channeling my inner Mary Poppins in these photos with my umbrella up in the air. (I haven’t seen the new movie yet, but hope to some day.) Mostly I was trying to keep the rain off my head while still allowing you to see the fun colorful trees at Fanno Farms U-cut tree lot.

 

Green sweater dress, patterned leggings, black wedge boots + black faux fur lined cardigan

 

I kept driving by this lot on my way to set this fall. The colorful trees painted while still growing in the ground really caught my eye. So fun! I wanted to come back and do a photo shoot before the holiday was over. So this is where I was unconsciously-(ish) heading on a rainy day a few days ago. I had it in the back of my mind but couldn’t remember the name of it, or how far down the road it was, so if it was half-way back to Scio, I wouldn’t have kept going forever just to find it. I think…

 

Green sweater dress, patterned leggings, black wedge boots + black faux fur lined cardigan Green sweater dress, patterned leggings, black wedge boots + black faux fur lined cardigan Green sweater dress, patterned leggings, black wedge boots + black faux fur lined cardigan

Green sweater dress, patterned leggings, black wedge boots + black faux fur lined cardigan

Green sweater dress, patterned leggings, black wedge boots + black faux fur lined cardigan

Green sweater dress, patterned leggings, black wedge boots + black faux fur lined cardigan

 

I’m loving the puff sleeve trend that is in right now. So cute. This sweater dress had just a bit of puff sleeves Not too poofy, though. Just a little bit.

 

Green sweater dress, patterned leggings, black wedge boots + black faux fur lined cardigan Green sweater dress, patterned leggings, black wedge boots + black faux fur lined cardigan

 

I hope you all are almost ready for Christmas. Less than one week now!

 

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