Every summer I love to wear dresses.
In summer, it’s usually warm enough just to wear a dress with sandals, a bag, and sunglasses to complete a cute look.
That’s the “one and done” of a dress.
BUT. What to wear over a dress?
Sometimes a dress is really cute.
You love the print.
And the fabric.
And the price ($49!!!).
It even has pockets!
Or, you get cold easily in air conditioning.
Or, you want a different way to wear that summer dress so it gets more wear.
The way needs to be easy.
And of course, cute.
Look no further.
Here are several ways to wear the same sleeveless summer dress from J Crew Factory.
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What to Wear Over a Dress
Women often wonder what to wear over a dress, especially in the summer. Many women are uncomfortable showing their arms and I get that. This post will show you some ideas to handle this problem. But, I thought it would be helpful to show you the dress uncovered to begin the piece.
Let’s See the Dress:
I spotted this dress at J Crew Factory last weekend. I frequently shop there when I am looking for cute outfits for my sons and grandsons (see right below). They have lots of cute things, well-displayed, excellent, helpful staff, and the store is pretty. When I’m in the store, I always browse the women’s section and am rarely disappointed.
The dress I found is so cute! It has a red, white, and blue floral print and I featured it in my recent post, here. But, the print is subtle, so you could wear it all summer long. The dress has side pockets and a very minimal ruffle at the bottom. The waistline is a bit short-waisted, and it’s very comfortable. It comes with a self-tie, but I switched that up in some of the photos below. In the early photos, I am showing you the dress unbelted and not accessorized so you can see it unadorned. Scroll further to see how cute it is all zhuzhed up!
What to Wear Over a Dress to Cover Your Arms
With a sleeveless dress, it’s important to come up with a third piece that is cute, but not too warm to wear. That’s why I LOVE a chambray shirt!
Outfit #1 The Dress with a Chambray Shirt
Here is the darling dress with a chambray shirt tied over it. I love this look! It’s sassy and easy to do. Rolling the cuffs is a great touch that adds some relaxed coolness to the outfit
In this full-length view, you can see I am wearing nude sandals as well as a summer bag by J McLaughlin. I LOVE the bags and belts (and Hubby belts) from J McLaughlin. They are high-quality, classic, and classy. This is from last year, but I have linked another similar one.
What to Wear Over a Dress for Work in the Summer
For work, I think it is best to go with a bit more structured piece. That’s where this darling J Crew Factory blazer comes in. I wear this all the time. And it’s a great price ($98.50!! You need this piece!
Outfit #2 The Dress with a White Linen Blazer for Work
In this work look, I removed the self-belt and instead added a red patent leather skinny belt. Doesn’t that make a big difference in the feel of the dress? I think it looks dressier and would work for work or for a shower. I added a white satchel from Coach.
Here is a close-up of the white linen J Crew Factory blazer and the dress neckline. I added a small silver pave heart necklace to fill in the neckline a bit. It, too, is a classic style of necklace that works with casual and dressy looks. I am also wearing diamond stud earrings that I believe work with ANY look. Pro-tip: I think it looks sharp to roll the sleeves of my blazer as opposed to leaving them down at my wrist. I used to tailor all my jackets to my wrist, but now I just roll them as I like the look.
What to Wear Over a Dress in the Summer
I get that many of us retired women don’t really want to wear a blazer any more. Or we want a bit more of a casual look to cover our arms with this dress. Then the answer could be a white or blue denim jacket. It’s effortlessly cool looking.
The Dress with a White Jean Jacket
In this last look, I wore the dress with a white jean jacket. It would work just as easily with a blue denim one if that is your preference.
I again chose the wicker and leather summer J Mclaughlin bag as it is so perfect in its lines and size. It looks cute on the table if you’re out to lunch. In this close-up, you can see the diamond pave heart and the silver buttons on the jean jacket. They didn’t have to match, but since they did, I think it looks sharp.
Conclusion of What to Wear Over a Dress
Have I persuaded you to try a summer (?sleeveless) dress by wearing one of these looks? Would YOU wear any of these outfits? Which one is your favorite? I like that the dress is versatile enough to go to work as well as out to a summer picnic or even a luncheon or shower. It’s a great deal ($49!!!) and I think you might enjoy adding it to your summer wardrobe.
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