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Three Ways: FCUK Sweater Dress

Since it’s recess on the Hill, I thought I would use the Three Ways post to answer an Ask Belle that I received.  

Hi Belle,

I recently acquired this striped FCUK dress and love it to pieces.  Do you have any suggestions for how to snazz it up though?  I’ve been wearing it with coral flip-flops and gold earrings and it’s starting to feel like a one note.  It’s such a classic piece that I know it doesn’t need much, but I was wondering if you had any ideas.


The weather in the February through April time period can be seriously unpredictable.  One minute it’s 70-degrees and the next it’s chilly and rainy.  But I think a long-sleeved, striped dress can be styled for any weather.

Polyvore set can be found here.

If you are lucky enough to work in a place where you can wear jeans to work, then layering a pair of skinny jeans or structured jeggings under a sweater dress is a great way to get some extra wear out of the piece.  I would add a simple red ballet flat and a pointed collar shirt to lift the look into casual office territory.  I would also add a large pendant necklace like this navy cross piece from Kenneth Jay Lane.

Polyvore set can be found here.

If the temperature spikes into the 60s, the best way to wear the dress is with a metallic flat (Can you tell I love this shoe? I think it has appeared four times, now.).  Layer on a small, bright cross-body bag and a cream scarf and you’re ready to go.  An don’t forget the sunnies, these wayfarers are young and fun, and they look great on most face shapes.

Polyvore set can be found here. 

At first, I was concerned that such a casual dress couldn’t be spun into a date night look.  But if you add a navy tuxedo jacket, a chandelier earring and a bright, platform sandal you can really jazz it up.  And how cute are those shoes?  I’m not much of a shoe person, and I hate platforms (because I walk everywhere), but I would happily add those to my wardrobe.

You could also pair it with navy tights and cognac boots, or with blush shoes and a men’s leather belt.  The off-white and navy color palette makes it really versatile.  So don’t be afraid to try something new with it.  Maybe it works, maybe it doesn’t, but it never hurts to try.


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  1. Kim says:

    I think I am the only person in the world who just doesn't look right in Wayfarers. Sigh.

    Anyway, these are all adorable looks. You've convinced me to try the metallic sandals (or something similar). Normally I don't wear shoes with anything around the ankle because I have short legs, but I think I'll be OK as far as creating a long visual line if I go with the gold. Even though it's not nude, I think it's close enough.

    March 22, 2011/Reply