Love the instant chic look of a sheath with turtleneck

In cold winter climates pair a sheath with a turtleneck sweater

In warm climates like Florida, or California, wearing a sheath dress like the one above just as is, is a nice winter look for work. However, wearing a sheath dress without a sweater or shirt underneath is impossible in cold climate regions in winter. My favorite “under-layer” is a turtleneck. While I like this look with my red turtleneck sweater, I like it even more with this green cashmere turtleneck. The green is so much more unexpected because red-white-black is a natural classic especially at this time a year.

#fashionover40 Woman in work outfit
Side view of Loft hounds tooth sheath with Brooks Brothers sweater, GNW tight, and Sanchez boots

Sheath dresses are instant chic

What I love about sheath dresses is that they give instant polish and are so work appropriate. Moreover, they are so versatile. One can wear them without or with a shirt or sweater underneath, with a little cardigan, a classic denim jacket), a blazer, or as a skirt, with a quilted leather jacket, a motorcycle jacket with pearls, or with a sweater over the dress as skirt.

#fashionover40 woman in sheath and turtleneck for a winter work outfit
Loft hounds tooth sheath worn over a green Brooks Brothers cashmere turtleneck sweater with GNW tight and Sanchez riding boots for an office appropriate winter outfit

Styling the outerwear – an outfit for outside

Since it was a very cold day (-30F, -34.4oC), I wore my long shearling coat. It provides some extra protection to the legs. Of course, two pairs of tights were a must too. Underneath the turtleneck was a layering top. To add some style, I belted the coat with a red belt, wore a red patterned scarf that has a wool layer on the other side, and a vintage hat. Gloves are a must and when you are the driver putting a pair of mittens over the gloves is not a bad idea. However, it’s not easy drive a car with manual in mittens. It took me some exercise in an empty parking lot on a Sunday afternoon when I arrived in Alaska.

#styleover40 woman wearing a classic winter outfit
Long shearling coat with hood worn with a brimmed hat, floral scarf, Kieselstein Cord belt with ethnic belt buckle, Celine bag, riding boots and gloves (all own)

How do you style your sheath dress? Do you consider your outer wear as an outfit all by itself? How do you style your outerwear? Let me know, I am curious. Send me an email.

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Photos: G. Kramm

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