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Outfit Formulas: The Sweater Dress

Don’t freak out because the outfit is all cream.

I’ve had several requests for an all cream/winter-white look AND options for tan suede boots.

So, I’m merging them in today’s outfit formula featuring our key piece: The Sweater Dress.

But, as always, these formulas are designed to be literal and inspirational, so if wearing all light colors is intimidating, go ahead and pick your favorite and wear it head to toe.

Today’s outfit options are a fabulous representation of how you can create a rich, elegant look without spending at ton of money.

It’s all in how you layer texture, and work with shades of the same color and complementary neutrals. 

Outfit Formula: The Sweater Dress

A cream sweater dress with gold hoops and a gold link bracelet with either a cream blanket coat and tall brown boots or with brown kitten heels, a brown wrap belt, and a printed silk scarf

Sweater Dress, $89 |  Belted Blanket Coat, $240 | Tall Boots, $150 | Wrap Belt, $90  Kitten Pumps, $140 | 

Scarf, $88 | Gold Hoops, $50 | Link Bracelet, $110

Let’s start with the sweater dress. You have so many options in this category. 

Above, we’re featuring one from Halogen, one of Nordstroms better-priced private label brands, available in beige (above) and chocolate brown. 

You’ll notice the top fits away from the body, and it’s slightly nipped at the waist giving a curvy, feminine shape. You could wear it off the shoulder, but in this application, it looks like the dress is falling off your body.

So wear it as a v-neck; it’s more flattering. 

It runs large, in sizes XXS – XXL. 

Another option is this wool style from Gap; it’s shorter but has the same v-neck style in regular, tall, petite, black, purple, and tan. 

And there will be more options as the season progresses, especially as we get closer to Thanksgiving. 

For your first outfit, we’re wearing a pair of tall, knee-high tan suede boots from Vince Camuto. These are gorgeous in our choice of black or brown. 

The dress will sit over the boots, so you have this lovely, layered look mixing the sweater dress’s texture with the boot’s suede. 

Then, because I live for a coat moment, I found this scrumptious coat at Abercrombie

Abercrombie? Yes, more on that in a later post. 

This coat is supposed to be a little oversized so pay attention to the measurement on the product bag and size down if necessary. 

Available in two plaid options, cream (above) and a brown that would also be a fantastic neutral in regular, petite, and tall in XXS -XL

For your second formula, we’re working with a belt. 

I like sweater dresses without waist detail so that you can add your own. 

I found this cool wrap belt at Anthropologie, available in seven colors, so you can create this layered monochromatic look with pieces you probably already have. 

You could wear your knee-high boots or add a classic suede pump—your choice. 

I’m sharing these Sam Edelman heels.

Note: they are calling these kitten heels, but they are not. They are more in line with a low pump, a fantastic option, but I want to ensure you know what you are getting.

They are one of my favorite pairs of shoes is available in ten colors and high quality. 

Finally, a few simple accessories. 

I’m sharing this scarf from Tuckernuck because it’s gorgeous and versatile. It looks like a neck scarf in the image, but you’ll see it’s the size of a wrap. 

So you can wear it as your top layer, over the dress and the belt, OR wrap it over your coat. 

And wear your go-to better pieces of jewelry. I like these twisty gold hoops from Gorjana. They are a nice size and only $50, and this link bracelet that works like a cuff is on my wish list, also from Gorjana

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Thursday 27th of October 2022

One of my favorite dresses was a cowl neck sweater dress that I completely wore out. I wore it frequently with black knee boots and threw a trench over it on colder days. Love an all cream/white look, but not for me. My body isn’t what it use to be.

Tracy Gray

Thursday 27th of October 2022

Love the sweater dress and the idea of creating the outfit keeping the colors in the same family! Love it!


Thursday 27th of October 2022

This winter white outfit is how I used to dress when younger and thinner!! I no longer can wear the heels!! Love!!!


Thursday 27th of October 2022

Love the all “white” look. You often tell us to wear a scarf but then I never quite know what to do with it-how to style it.