The Best Way to Layer a Sweater Dress

Surprisingly, maybe, sweater dresses weren’t my thing until I purchased the sweater dress in today’s post. For some reason, they made me a little nervous. Are you in that boat right now? Let’s talk about them and why the one is today’s post is changing the sweater dress game! 

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j.crew sweater blazer | urban outfitters sweater dress | c/o patricia nash designs handbag | dkny navy tights | ariat ankle boots | c/o lisi lerch navy tassel earrings | david yurman cuffdavid yurman ring

Okay, truth be told, sweater dresses use to terrify me. Still kind of do, if I’m still being honest. However, I’ve found one that’s a total game changer and has me styling it constantly. I actually purchased the sweater dress in today’s post earlier this year for NYFW in February (see how I styled it for fashion week) but thankfully, Urban Outfitters brought it back again this year. They also added a few new colors and it’s currently on sale for under $40 woot, woot! 

So why was (am) I scared of sweater dresses? Because, one they either completely consumed me (short girls you feel me) or two they clung to every little bump, bulge, and curve – and not in a good way. Either way, I just didn’t feel as though they were flattering or that I was comfortable in them. Again, until I tried on the one in today’s post. 

GAMECHANGER (apparently my new favorite word). This sweater dress layers perfectly on your body, without clinging too much or overwhelming you. Oh and it’s crazy comfortable + warm. 

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j.crew sweater blazer | urban outfitters sweater dress | c/o patricia nash designs handbag | dkny navy tights | ariat ankle boots | c/o lisi lerch navy tassel earrings | david yurman cuffdavid yurman ring

So I found the perfect sweater dress, now what? Time to layer! Morning and evenings are cold and afternoons are starting to feel the same. And while a sweater dress packs some warmth, it’s not quite enough to keep you feeling toasty. Therefore, layering is necessary!

3 of the BEST WAYS TO LAYER A SWEATER DRESS

Pull on tights  

Bare legs just aren’t going to work now that we’re days away from December. So grab a pair of your favorite tights and pull them on under your sweater dress. I personally opt for navy or gray 99% of the time. A little different from the typical go to black and more fun to wear! 

Colorful tights are an option too! Have fun, wear what you like, and keep your legs warm!

Add a chic sweater

Personally, I love layering a sweater over a dress more than any other piece. I’ll skip the jacket or coat any day for a cozy sweater. Opting for a sweater gives your look a more cozy, comfy vibe. And if you choose a chic one, like this j.crew sweater blazer, it’ll also up the dressy factor of your look! 

Grab your favorite boots

For extra warmth, wear boots! They add a preppy vibe to your look and obviously keep your toes much warmer than a pair of flats or loafers. Keep things neutral with black, cognac, beige or white (yes white booties are okay for fall/winter). Or opt for a little more fun with a pair of leopard print booties

24 Comments

  1. November 28, 2018 / 8:41 am

    I’m with ya girl! I can never find a sweater dress that isn’t too long or doesn’t cling to every bump. Love this one and how you styled it with the blazer sweater!

    Rachel
    http://Www.hello-Her.com

    • November 28, 2018 / 9:55 am

      Struggle is real, right? You should definitely give this one a try. Thank you so much gal!

      xo Laura Leigh

  2. Anna English
    November 28, 2018 / 8:44 am

    I love this look! I’ve been so into sweater dresses this season.

    • November 28, 2018 / 9:56 am

      Thank you so much Rach! The struggle is definitely real but you should 100% give this one a go. Hopefully it’ll be a game changer for you as well!

      xo Laura Leigh

  3. November 28, 2018 / 11:25 am

    I totally feel you about avoiding sweater dresses because they feel clingy – I’m totally going to try this one out since you don’t think it does that! yay!

    • November 28, 2018 / 4:28 pm

      Exactly! So glad someone else feels the same. Yes, you absolutely should try it!

      xo Laura Leigh

  4. November 28, 2018 / 12:17 pm

    I remember when you got this for fashion week! It was so different for you and fashion week was the perfect time to try out something new .. aren’t you so happy you did?! Love the styling you did here!

    -Morgan
    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

    • November 28, 2018 / 4:28 pm

      Completely agree! It really is the best time to try something new. And yes, very happy to did. Thanks so much lady!

      xo Laura Leigh

  5. November 28, 2018 / 12:29 pm

    I love how you styled your sweater dress, it’s so pretty! Your handbag is fabulous!!

    XOXO
    Cathy

  6. ashley hargrove
    November 29, 2018 / 9:13 am

    This is one of my favorite looks for Fall and Winter!! I always love layering a sweater dress with a gorgeous coat. Such a chic look!

  7. Mollie
    November 29, 2018 / 3:11 pm

    Looove how you styled this sweater dress! And I totally agree with you – they can be intimidating!

    xx Mollie
    http://www.molliemooreblog.com

    • November 30, 2018 / 11:01 am

      Thank you so much Mollie!! So glad I’m not the only one that finds them to be ha.

      xo Laura Leigh

  8. Kelsey
    November 30, 2018 / 7:44 am

    Loving the blue tights! They definitely complete the outfit- so cute!

  9. Kristina
    November 30, 2018 / 9:03 am

    This dress looks great on you and love it with the navy tights!!

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