Reader Jenice send me an e-mail asking:
One of my biggest issues, is something to cover my arms/a second layer, for spring. Especially with a dress for Easter. Easter dresses are normally sleeveless or short sleeved, and southern Indiana is still pretty cool/cold on Easter. I would like some ideas, of how to stylishly top a dress for church and brunch after church. I am turning 60, and petite, and want to be stylish, and not look like a put on a cardigan … to stay warm. Really wish spring coats or dresses with matching coat would come back into style, of course those items were well before my style days, but it would be nice if they came back.
Jenice, let’s start with the basic. You have many option to wear as a layer to cover your arms and a cardigan is just one of them. Other than that you can choose a blazer, a trench coat, a long cardigan, like a duster coat, a denim jacket or even a bomber jacket. The last few years kimono‘s are a big trend and you can always choose to wear a shawl if you like that style.
The fabric and the color of the dress determine the type and color of the top layer you should wear. The top layer should always complement the dress. You can either choose to wear a monochromatic outfit where the top layer is the same color but different than the dress or create a color block outfit by choosing a contrasting color.
Lets see some examples on how to stylishly cover your arms when wearing Easter dresses in the photos below.
Dress and denim jacket for casual style
Here Jo-Lynne creates a color block outfit with an orange shirt topped with a denim jacket. Notice the cropped length of the jacket that is perfect to complement her waistline and make her feet look longer even thought she wears flat sandals.
Dress and long cardigan in monochromatic outfit
Miranda Kerr shows the right way to wear a long cardigan with a sheath dress or bodycon dress. The cardigan must be longer than the dress otherwise it will look unflattering. The neutral colors of the cardigan, dress, wedges and handbag create a harmonious spring outfit, perfect for Easter.
Dress and contrasting cardigan or jacket
Make your jacket a part or your outfit with a strong contrast in the colors like Nicole did. Again choose a cropped length to be flattering and add accessories like the scarf and shoes to bring the outfit together.
Pick a color from your dress for your jacket
When you wear a dress with a nice color you can pick a jacket in the same color range, but different tone to complement the dress like the dress in the left. Or when you wear a dress with an interesting pattern you can choose an accent color from the pattern for your bolero, cardigan like the lady at the right side. Image source
Wear your dress with a trench coat
A trench coat is a basic item for every wardrobe. Choose a neutral color that flatters your hair and skin color like navy, beige, khaki or blush and wear it with your dresses. Notice how Jean from extrapetite tied the belt of the trench coat to cinch in her waist, but still shows the beautiful colors and fullness of the dress.
Dress and bomber jacket
You may think that bomber jackets are for teens, but actually anyone can wear them like Jennie from apocketfulofpolkadots. Choose a feminine bomber jacket with a floral pattern that is perfect for spring and wear it with a simple monochromatic dress. If your dress has strong patterns and colors you should choose a “quiet” bomber jacket in a neutral color that will complement your dress.
Cover your arms with a shawl
A camel fridge shawl is neutral and will work well with many different colors and patterns. Plus it is very easy to carry in your purse if you do not want to wear it all the time.
How to wear a longer cardigan with a dress
What if you have a cardigan or blazer with the perfect colors for your dress but the length is not flattering? The answer is very simple : add a belt to add definition to your waist, just be sure the belt complements the outfit! Skinny belts work best
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