Black + Bright

I’m usually more of a skirt girl because of the versatility factor. To me, dresses tend to feel a bit limiting. Sure, you can switch out your shoes, accessories, and jacket, but there are only so many ways you can wear a dress. Unless, of course, it’s an LBD. In which case, the possibilities are kind of endless!

I’ve seen a lot of girls wearing sweaters over dresses to mix it up, but I recently saw Julia rocking this look and was inspired to give it a go.

gifted LA Made Sweater (20% off with code BOWS20) / Marc By Marc Jacobs Tote (loving this coral version for spring!) / gifted Karen Kane Dress / Ray-Ban Wayfarers / gifted Just Fab Sandals / Zara Necklace

Photo Credit: Hallie

Have you worn a sweater over a dress before? What are some of your secrets to getting more wears out of your dresses?

PS – Check out my post yesterday for another one of my favorite LA MADE pieces and don’t forget to take advantage of their 20% off promo code for Bows & Sequins readers! (BOWS20)

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  1. 4.3.13
    Jocelyn said:

    I’ve never done the sweater thing, but I have recently been popping pencil skirts over my shift dresses. It gives such a sleek look. .

  2. 4.3.13
    Lauren said:

    I’ve tied a button down over my dresses before to get more use out of them but never tried a sweater. I like the way you knotted it for a little more fitted look. I just might have to try this!

    Fizz and Frosting

  3. 4.3.13

    I love this look! I keep trying to make the sweater-over-dress thing work for me, but every time I try to knot my sweater it just looks too bulky and weird. Maybe I’ll try it with a tissue-thin tee next time.

  4. 4.3.13
    Rachelle said:

    I ‘m more of a skirt girl as well. Love your sandals.


  5. 4.3.13
    Ashley J said:

    I think this is my all time favorite outfit you have worn!

  6. 4.3.13

    I LOVE sweaters and shirts with dresses, it makes dresses so much more versatile! I love the bright pop of color with the LBD. Cute outfit!

  7. 4.3.13
    natasha said:

    Your sandals are too much fun! Love it 🙂

    xo, tasha
    twenty-something blog

  8. 4.3.13
    AJ said:

    I’ve never done a sweater over a dress, I will have to try it! Your heels are amazing, are they comfortable?! I’ve never ordered anything from Just Fab.


  9. 4.3.13

    Super cute! I’ve turned dresses into tops by either tucking the bottom into pants or layering another skirt over it.

  10. 4.3.13
    viv said:

    Gotta have those heels!

  11. 4.3.13
    Kayla said:

    I love it Jessica! Those shoes are SOOOO great!! : )


  12. 4.3.13
    Olivia said:

    Those sandals are to die for!! Yellow, brown, and black is an amazing combination!

  13. 4.3.13

    I love wearing dresses as skirts and those shoes are amazing!!!!!

  14. 4.3.13

    i LOVE layering over dresses! and yay…we are twinsies! i have the same shoes! =)

    xoxo, jenn
    the stylish housewife

  15. 4.3.13
    Imogen said:

    The bright top against the black looks amazing.

  16. 4.3.13
    Rose said:

    Um, hello, LOVE the shoes!! I frequently feel the same way about dresses, there’s only so much you can put over them (especially with certain styles).

    Blonde in this City

  17. 4.3.13
    christin said:

    love this, so much. great idea putting a pop of color over a LBD!

  18. 4.3.13
    Kodi said:

    When I saw the first picture, the first thing that popped into my head was “OMG THOSE SHOES!” — and I never say/think “OMG” anything. Are they comfortable? If you say yes I’m totally clicking “add to cart”.
    grey et al

  19. 4.3.13
    Shira said:

    This look is so great from that sweater to those awesome shoes….I must get myself a good LBD dress!

    • 4.3.13
      Jessica Sturdy said:

      Definitely recommend Karen Kane! They have a great selection with a lot of different cuts!

  20. 4.3.13
    Chelsea said:

    I’ve worn sweater/dress combos before and I love how it changes the purpose of a dress. Such a good way to get a little more wear out of your favorite dresses! You look gorgeous, as always.

    Chelsea & The City
    Be sure to check out my eShakti giveaway!

  21. 4.3.13

    okay totally regret not buying those heels now so stylish! I am obsessed with this entire outfit!
    xo stylelista

  22. 4.3.13
    amy said:

    I think a sweater over a dress is a great way to change things up. I love those sandals with this look!


    Fashion and Beauty Finds

  23. 4.3.13
    Lara said:

    Great look! Love those shoes – so stunning. You always have the best heels!

    xox Lara

  24. 4.3.13
    Andrea said:

    I can’t say I’ve ever paired a pullover sweater over a dress before, but I like this combo! You always look so lady like 🙂


  25. 4.3.13

    FAB shoes!


  26. 4.3.13

    Your sandals bring the whole look together! And we love the sweater and dress combination!!!

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  27. 4.3.13
    Carly said:

    I want this outfit for my date tonight….can we somehow transport it to Chicago?

  28. 4.3.13

    Just this winter I started wearing sweaters over dressed and button-downs and turtlenecks underneath my dresses. It really helps expand my wardrobe!

  29. 4.3.13
    Nikki said:

    I love layering over dresses with sweaters and shirts! I feel like it increases my wardrobe options!

    I love the yellow and black together and I love it with the shoes!! You look adorable!


  30. 4.3.13
    Danielle said:

    THOSE SHOES ARE EVERYTHING! Love the black + yellow. Not a combo I would attempt, but seeing it on you is inspiring!


  31. 4.3.13
    Agi said:

    Love this look. I love how versatile dresses can be. We think that skirts are more versatile but we forget to give credit to dresses, especially simple black ones.


  32. 4.3.13

    Wearing a hot pink sweater over a black dress today. Great minds.

  33. 4.3.13
    Ashley said:

    New to your blog and I love it! Can we talk about how awesome your shoes are too? So great. I need to try mixing up my dresses as skirts more, but I somehow always forget. You rocked it!

  34. 4.3.13
    anngelik said:

    I am loving this outfit especially your shoes, they are stunning.


  35. 4.3.13
    Nora said:

    Love this combo and those shoes are gorgeous!


  36. 4.3.13

    Ok – those shoes are AMAZING!!!!

  37. 4.3.13
    Kylie Rae said:

    I too was inspired by Julia’s look and I am so glad you experimented because it looks wonderful! And, how do you always have the best shoes my dear?! 😉


  38. 4.4.13
    Sabrina said:

    I looove sweater over dresses, it transforms them.
    Your heels are so pretty!