The burgundy dress was an extra addition to the winter capsule wardrobe. I like variety and I like to have fun with clothes, so it was great to play with the different silhouette of this dress.
A dress can be versatile too. As you know I like to wear them over pants, which makes for a warm and comfortable. look. You can also easily layer it over some warm shirt. I wore the booties with nude knee-high tights and some extra (invisible) short socks for extra warmth.
What you do need to take into account is that a tight dress like this needs a good bra. I usually grab my most comfortable bra but since this dress is tight AND has a very high waistline, getting the right bra is essential. I’m not wearing the best bra in these pictures (please see the bottom picture for a better one) and have since moved to my most uplifting bra getting the girls as high as possible in this dress.
I also like this column of color look layering with my asymmetrical vest.
It also looks great with my plaid scarf…
and blue poncho.
How to keep your legs warm when wearing dresses in winter?
One option is of course to wear your dress over skinnies as I showed you above. If you like to wear your dress on its own it’s important to get good tights or leggings.
Read our ultimate guide to creating a capsule wardrobe that works best for you.
I wore this dress with leggings from Uniqlo in the same color. Thick opaque or woollen tights may have been even better as they would include a foot part as well. I added short socks of the same color over my leggings so as not to get cold.
Wear a winter outfit that features a dress. See if you can also create a look that layers your dress over skinnies or leggings. Try to create 2 unique looks.
Want to show me and all the other women in our community your looks? Upload them to the private Facebook forum (style course members only), the 40+Style Facebook page or add a link to your photo in the comments below. If you managed to assemble your own capsule wardrobe, I’d love to see images of that also.
And here is how I wore it in Singapore recently (with a better bra).
Cream skinnies: Zara (old)
Pink sweater: c/o Stella Carakasi
Blanket scarf: Zara
Silk scarf: present from Suzanne Carillo
Grey sleevesless long vest: c/o Stella Carakasi
Dress: Porto c/o GetDressed2
Gray asymmetrical T-shirt: c/o Stella Carakasi
Cashmere blue poncho: Black.co.uk
Leggings (worn as tights): Uniqlo
Cream layering top: Uniqlo
Shoes: Laura Bellariva
Do you wear a dress in winter? How do you layer it to keep you warm?
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You have made a great capsule. Indeed very versatile. Although I know that in a normal life you want more choice in different things. But for a holiday this is indeed all you need.
I have to get better in dresses with tights as I have no clue. I sometimes buy coloured tights but it usually ends in disaster, f.i. me looking like a clown.
The last picture is perfect. In every aspect.
Hi Sylvia, it’s been a long time since I left a comment, but I’m dropping by from time to time 🙂 That’s a great dress and I love how you’ve paired it with leggings in the same color. That plaid shawl is awesome, and would look great with some narrow knee-high boots added to the outfit, I think. Regarding frizz, have you tried to use organic coconut oil as a hair mask? Melt the coconut oil in you hand and massage it gently into the frizzy parts of your hair. Cover with plastic foil and a warm towel and leave for 20 minutes before you wash your hair as usual. You might need to shampoo twice, though.
Lovely to hear from you again Karianne! Yes I’m planning to wear it in The Netherlands with my brown or black boots.
Thanks for the tip regarding my hair. I will try that!
I love all these different looks on you Sylvia, and oh my goodness your hair is just amazing! What a wonderful colour that dress is and so versatile, you can do so much with it.
Thanks Aileen! Don’t think the hair it’s effortless though. It takes work to look this good. Still battling the frizz on a constant basis….
I love the cut of that dress.
thanks Laina. Yes it’s very unique, something I always enjoy!
Any other shoe/boot options? Personally I am not a fan of ankle boots, especially metallic. I am 52 and can’t help but feel that ankle boots are too young looking for me (since they are currently a trend). I feel like they are screaming, “look at me” and as a result the rest of the attractive outfit is overlooked.
Absolutely! I don’t think these booties are ideal for this dress but it was my only shoe option for the capsule 🙂 I like the dress very much with pumps as you can see in the last picture. I would also really like to wear this with very short and tight fitting booties with heels. I think those would be great for women at any age. Another great option would be tight fitting knee-high boots. I may try that in The Netherlands as I have some great brown boots there.
I must say I LOVE this dress. I would wear this in a heartbeat. And I agree…it looks much better in the last photo. You look amazing Sylvia! Hair, makeup…the whole package.
Thanks Suzanne. I figured you’d like it as it’s pretty figure flattering 🙂