how to wear a sweater dress

hello, winter! it’s a balmy 48 degrees in Athens today. New York woke up to 40 degrees, but Minneapolis takes the cake with a brisk 36. when the going gets tough, the tough reach for winter essentials. for me, that’s a cashmere turtleneck dress from Everlane. today, we’re going to talk about how to wear a sweater dress multiple ways.

this dress gets lots of mileage on cold winter days. it’s practical enough to fly solo with over-the-knee boots. or layer this dress over leggings. granted, those of you living in the frozen tundra will have to choose your footwear according to the current weather forecast. lucky for me, Athens temps bounce around quite a bit. today its chilly for sure but a seventy-one-degree day is on the horizon. on those days i can get away sans socks. but take heart if that isn’t your cup of tea. nowadays there are so many cute socks or booties to keep your tootsies warm. the twenty-first century offers lots of options.

look 1: over the knee boots & tights

here’s the first look cashmere turtleneck dress, over-the-knee boots (similar here and here), tights, I.N.C coat (similar here and here).

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears a cashmere turtleneck dress, black over the knee boots, and ivory and black coat

dress | similar boot | similar boot 2 || tights | similar coat | similar coat 2

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears a cashmere turtleneck dress, black over the knee boots, and ivory and black coat

look 2: leather leggings & pumps

a night on the town never needs to be fancy schmancy. but when the temps are hovering in the 40s, i reach for my turtleneck cashmere dress. it keeps me warm and stylish which is a win/win. when i purchased this dress from Everlane, i knew it would easily double as a tunic. don’t you love how it looks with faux leather leggings similar here? suede pumps (similar here) elevate this outfit to date night stature. if you wanted a daytime look simply exchange the pumps for ankle boots. many northern gals ask what type of socks i would wear if the weather were colder? in that case, i would wear nude tights or anklet or knee-high socks.

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears a black cashmere Turtleneck dress, faux leather leggings and suede pumps.

dress | similar leggings | pumps 

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears a black cashmere Turtleneck dress, faux leather leggings and suede pumps.

look 3: monochromatic 

with this look, you’d think i just returned from New York.  i didn’t, not this week anyway, but how cute is this cashmere turtleneck dress styled monochromatically?  i’ll i’ve really done here is slightly alter look 1 by swapping out the jacket. i’ve kept it simple here with black on black and an embroidered jacket.  (similar pippa cardigan here.) by pairing the dress with over-the knee boots (similar boot and similar boot 2) as well as a pair of tights.

beth from style at a certain age wears a monochromatic outfit cashmere sweater dress from everlane, anthropologie embroidered jacket, black over the knee boots

dress | similar pippa cardigansimilar boot | similar boot 2 |tights

beth from style at a certain age wears a monochromatic outfit cashmere sweater dress from everlane, anthropologie embroidered jacket, black over the knee boots

beth from style at a certain age wears a monochromatic outfit cashmere sweater dress from everlane, anthropologie embroidered jacket, black over the knee boots

all right, gang, bundle up and stay warm!

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12 Comments

  1. Angela Grafe wrote:

    Dear Beth,
    Your blog ist ja favorite! Thanks die your inspiration!
    Regarding cashmere : Please make sure that way of cashmere wool clearly stated. on market is wool from poor treated pets, which nobody should buy. May be you are interested to check and let your Reader know, if Everlane is quite sure that they know their fairtrade with cashmere. Thanks for your attention,as we all love pets!
    Angela

    Posted 1.2.20
  2. Sondra wrote:

    You look beautiful as always but that sweater dress is WAY too short for me to feel comfortable in, in any weather! You can pull it off because you’re still much younger than I am. Love your blog and all of your great advice. Hope you have a terrific New Year and look forward to your every post!

    Posted 1.2.20
  3. Cheryl T wrote:

    What is a pippa cardigan?

    Posted 1.2.20
  4. Cheryl A. Keys wrote:

    Look number 2 is very classy–the others not so much.

    Posted 1.2.20
  5. Suzanne Smith wrote:

    Looks comfy–I have a similar sweater dress, and I noticed this one at Everlane. That’s a classic that would stand the test of time. I love the OTK boots–I haven’t worn them a lot yet this year but I imagine soon I will be–this is when our temps get cooler, the next month or so, here in NC. Happy New Year!

    Posted 1.2.20
  6. Pat LeMunyon wrote:

    Beth, You look lovely in all 3 looks. I think you always look great and I really look forward to your blog every day. Hope you have a happy and peaceful New Year.

    Posted 1.2.20
  7. jackie wrote:

    monochromatic look after my own heart. Just wish it was cool enough to wear it in my hot climate all year. 30degrees celsius at 8 am this morning. Still I guess you can do this type of thing in shorts

    Posted 1.2.20
  8. Leanne wrote:

    Geez I wish I could rock the knee high boots like you do!!! My legs just don’t work😉. Your look is fab with this sweater dress and overlay sweater. Many happy returns to you as you take us forward into these roaring twenties! I so admire your courage, strength, and progressive attitude. My heart still breaks for you and your family without Mr. Style, but as he watches over you smiling at your strength and fortitude we all feel stronger. Many blessings to you and the boys.

    Posted 1.2.20
  9. karen wrote:

    love this as tunic, as a dress not so much. honestly, i’ve never really liked dresses or skirts that hit that no where zone, for me as a dress it neither needs to hit closer to the knee or be an inch or so shorted to be a mini…but i guess what makes fashion so interesting is that we each have our own eye for what works

    Posted 1.3.20
  10. Beth, I love all of these looks and a good pair of OTK boots can’t be beat for winter. I am all about sweater dresses and tights during the winter months and you have definitely inspired me! Wishing you all the best in the new year.

    Shelbee
    http://www.shelbeeontheedge.com

    Posted 1.5.20
  11. Karen Kroeker wrote:

    Hi there. I was wondering why I haven’t been getting anymore of your e-mails.

    Posted 1.6.20
  12. Kitty Buchan wrote:

    Dear Beth,
    You are an absolute inspiration, so elegant and beautiful! I look forward to taking tips from you;I live in the country, Australian bush, but like to keep up with fashion and life in general. Have had three deaths to face in 2019; my mother, my first husband, and a very close 96 year old friend, who died without any relatives in Australia, so organised her funeral. Still grieving as you will understand Beth. My heart goes out to you. with best wishes for 2020,
    Kitty Buchan

    Posted 1.6.20

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