Wear a sheath dress as skirt with a sweater

A reader, who is on a budget, what she can do about her “wardrobe boredom.” She said she feels like she is wearing the same outfit again and again. Here I demonstrate one (of many other solutions) to her problem. A great dress makes an awesome skirt look or may look great as a top under a skirt or over pants.

Here I am wearing exemplary my Fair Isle sweater over my large second hand hounds-tooth pattern sheath dress. Doesn’t that dress make a nice skirt? It’s an easy trick to get more wear out of the pieces you own.

Look at a dress as a skirt or even top to get more outfits out of your wardrobe. #budgetfashion Click To Tweet
#fashionover50 mature fashion blogger wearing a sweater over a sheath dress as a skirt and sweater look
Fair Isle Eddie Bauer sweater worn over a hounds tooth Loft sheath dress accessorized with opera length pearl necklace, Paloma Picasso sunglasses, Celine bag, GNW tights and pumps (all own)

The example below works with the same principle, but uses a leather sheath as a skirt under an Irish cable-knit Sweater.

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fashion blogger over 40 donning an Alaskan winter outfit with Irish cable-knit sweater
Winter outfit with Orvis Irish cable-knit sweater, Eli Tahari leather dress, Kieselstein Cord belt and buckle, GNW tight, Söft shearling booties and Festina watch (all own)

Get your sunglasses out when the light comes back

In Interior Alaska, spring means that we have finally more daylight than darkness, and we have that earlier than those who live north of the equator, but south of us. Actually, it is the sunlight and the blue skies I always look forward to during the long dark nights and short cold days of late December, early January. March is the driest months in the Interior. This means a lot of sunshine. The Sun’s light is reflected on the snow. Thus, spring in Alaska means that you have to wear sunglasses again. Well, of course, sunglasses add style to the above awesome dress as skirt look too.

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Interested in inspirations on how to style a leather top for a comfortable Casual Friday look or how to get more outfits from the pieces you already own? You may also search the archive for the Closet Shopping category.

Outerwear is an outfit too…

… hence don’t miss your chance, or the fun, of styling your outerwear. Despite all that sunlight, it is still cold outside. Thus, I wear my faux fur coat again. In spring, the hat is just for fun and style.

#fashionover50 mature woman in classic winter outfit with faux fur coat
Faux fur A-line coat, statement hat (consignment find), Nine West tall boots, GNW tight, RAK chervon cashmere scarf, LeatherCoatsEtc gloves, Paloma Picasso sunglasses, and Celine tote (all own)
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Do you love to wear sunglasses or hats? Do you look at your dresses as skirts and tops too to get more awesome outfits out of your dresses? Let me know, I am curious. And don’t forget to tell me about your style challenges so I can address them here. Just send an email. Your style solution is at your finger tips.

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