January 24th, 2013
Wear Now, Wear Later

The Sleeveless Dress

Proenza Schouler tweed, Oscar de la Renta black lattice, Derek Lam woven stripes, Bottega Veneta silk chiffon print, Nina Ricci red floral print

I’ve had ‘ladylike’ on my mind recently. Ironically, as I get older, I’m not as drawn to super feminine and fastidiously put-together looks– I worry they age me. But there are times and places where I need to look polished and grown-up, and ladylike actually suits me.

A dress is always a safe bet and this season there are a plethora of good ones. However, the best ones are, for the most part, sleeveless. I have never been a huge fan of sleeveless, but a feather-weight cardigan thrown over my shoulders makes it feel less bare. Or a trim little jacket works too, at least until the weather warms up.

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Pierce medium embellished leather shoulder bag

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Tie-backgathered stretch-cotton jersey top

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Jacquard-knit midi skirt

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open flat ballerina shoes

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Ritzy A-line wool-blend skirt

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Emil leather ankle boots

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Grosgrain-trimmed ruffled cotton-velvet jacket

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Pleated cotton-velvet culottes

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Woven canvas clogs

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  • They are all good looking dresses. Today, in the cold, the one with the cardi looks best! I also like the sleeveless look, but wish there were more options sleevewise these days. We don’t all make it to the gym as often as we should and a bit of stylish coverage would be appreciated.

    AprilJanuary 24th, 2013  3:16 PM

     
  • I also love the shoes with the black lattice dress, very polished look!

    ChristinaJanuary 25th, 2013  4:46 AM

     
  • I have a cashmere capelet that I love to wear with my Marie Saint Pierre sleeveless dress.

    StephanieJanuary 27th, 2013  12:12 PM

     
  • Can you or anyone suggest some great sweaters or capelets to wear with sleeveless dresses. I find it so difficult to find something to cover these beautiful dresses without taking away from their style. www.sosayssimone.wordpress.com

    simoneJanuary 28th, 2013  11:08 PM

     
  • I wear J. Crew cashmere cardigans in a size too small over my sleeveless dresses. They are lightweight, I push up the sleeves and never button. They are also good thrown over your shoulder with the top buttoned to keep it from sliding off.

    PrestonFebruary 4th, 2013  11:40 AM

     

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