Floral dresses are a Summer staple. But once Fall comes around, most of us put our florals in a box under the bed until the weather warms again. This is a mistake, because florals, especially florals in Autumn hues like green, purple, grey and orange, can be worn all year round.
For this outfit, I added a cardigan in a darker purple, a complimentary eggplant. And I made sure that the neckline of the dress complimented the neckline of the cardi. Nothing irks me more than when someone wears a crewneck tee with a v-neck cardigan or vice versa. I think the look is much cleaner when the necklines match.
The artsy, pendant necklace also compliments the neckline and adds a little sparkle without compromising the casual nature of the ensemble.
Also, this is the most expensive cardigan ever to appear on this blog. I do not expect anyone to spend this kind of scratch on a sweater. They should save it for a downpayment on a Ford Focus. But J.CREW, Madewell and others will sell plenty of v-neck cardis this Fall, and one of them will probably be dark purple.
Now, for this ensemble, I would leave the cardi unbuttoned. Then, I would belt it at the natural waist or just a hair below if you have a long torso. And I would make sure that the edges of the cardigan didn’t touch, so that you could see two inches or so of the dress running vertically to create a nice line.
I like these boots. They’re a funky alternative to the basic riding boot. They also make the look a bit more fun.
And, if this were my outfit, I would wear a pair of dark purple tights. It’s not a strict adherence to my two-out-of-three rule, but the print is purple, so it’s close enough.
I added an olive bag because olive is very big this Fall, and I’d rather mix in an on trend color than wear a brown belt, brown boots and a brown bag. Too many accessories in one color can look a bit like your accessories were made by Garanimals.
Breathe new life into warm weather frocks with blazers, cardigans and chunky sweaters. Just add a pair of flirty boots or tights and booties and you’ll get extra wear out of your Summer dresses.
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haha, wow, not kidding about the price of the cardi! I love the boots. I always worry that a floral dress with boots like that would give too much of a 'Sweet Home Alabama' feel
How do you make this work appropriate with flat boots? I get a little worried about the skirt/dress + flat boot combo looking too frumpy.
I also HATE when necklines don't match on sweater & shirt/dress combos. Pet peeve.
This outfit however is adorable.
No Drama Momma says:
Fall = the return of all things purple! Yay! Needless to say, I like the colors you have chosen here.
JCrew has a nice, affordable version of the cardigan, in dark grape
I've noticed lately that you've been giving tips on on to wear the cardigan/belt combo for which I am very grateful. For whatever reason, this is what stumps me the most.
Do you wear the boots w/o tights? I have great boots but have always worn them with tights or jeans.
I own these boots – I can attest, they are awesome. Very versatile and comfortable. Thanks for this outfit suggestion – I'll definitely wear this look come fall!
Hm. Never thought about cardigan necklines complimenting shirt necklines, but you're right Belle. It is a cleaner, more polished look. Thanks for showing me the light!
E-It's a Friday look, unless you have a really casual workplace.
Rachel-People asked for belt advice, and I am to please.
Sarah-I NEVER wear boots on bare legs. I HATE the way it looks. I think it makes even the thinnest legs look puffy. Plus, I think tights is a better look.
If I were a better person, I wouldn't snort at the claim that “nothing” irks you more than necklines that don't match.