James Perse tank dress (sold out) | open-back version at Nordstrom, similar at Last Call
Acne Studios bird fleece sweatshirt (medium)| 30% off at La Garconne
Veja sustainable sneakers | more Veja at Zady, use code GRECHEN15 for 15% off
MM6 mesh neoprene bag (old) |mesh neoprene – different style, same style – pink
Last week I layered a dress OVER a long sleeve tee and didn’t feel quite myself in it. No, I felt like a 20-something version of myself…not my modern 43 yr-old self. As I mentioned, I usually prefer to layer over top of dresses, and here are two different ways I do that.
I greatly prefer the look of the first outfit, with the cropped sweatshirt, but that silhouette is always harder for me to wear, since I’m not covering my backside, or hips. Still…that’s an issue for me sometimes. Ugh. So, I end up wearing outfits more like the one below, with the open cardigan over, which is also okay, but hides my body, and makes me look generally shorter than the first one. Not a problem, just an observation.
Love both of these! You look great. 🙂
I like the second outfit a lot! Maybe it is not as modern, more of a classic, but the cardigan is very interesting and makes the whole outfit intriguing to look at. But then I’m not into sweatshirts at all, so I’m very biased here.
I like them both too. I am not a huge fan of my rear view, so I would most likely wear a version of the second look and be very comfortable. I have tried layering a tee under a dress and felt really bulky.
Andrea H says
I do like both of these looks, I wore something quite similar to the first the other day, but with the cropped Everlane cashmere sweater (love it!). They second look is great too, just more “predictable” if that make sense.
I think you should step outside your comfort zone and wear looks like #1 more often. I’m convinced the more we consciously step past what makes a self-conscious, it gets easier!
Grechen Reiter says
thanks andrea – and you’re so right…i went through a phase when i was making myself wear things i didn’t normally, and things i wasn’t sure about keeping, etc., etc., and i loved it. it was hard to keep it going very long – i got settled back into my same “routine,” but i did think it was fun to be un-predictable and try new combinations.
Yup! These are both BIG thumbs up. And you’re doing layering the way you taught me, over the top instead of underneath (Seriously, this was life-changing for me! I think I was stick in 4th grade jumper mode…and I’m 55 for heaven’s sake!). I’m going to disagree with you, tho, because I think #2 makes you appear taller with the unbroken line of black. I’m also totally envious of your cute butt. 😉 I suffer from flat butt…NOT attractive from behind!!!
Cathy Benavides says
Your booty is AMAZING!!! I love the cropped sweater look, though the cardi is nice as well. If I were you, I’d flaunt your booty every chance you get. You work hard for it, and it’s awesome 🙂
I like the second look too, mostly because I think the outfit presents as more intentional (even if it’s not, ha!) and the proportions look more interesting. I also think the longer layers actually visually elongate the whole line of the outfit and body, instead of presenting separate stacked blocks of color.
But what matters most is that Grechen likes the outfit she’s in — and if she feels good in both of them, hooray!
You look great in both outfits although you do look taller and slimmer in #2 because of the continuous black. In outfit #1, I think the sweatshirt might be a little too bulky for that dress, so a pullover in a lighter weight might be a good alternative. In outfit#2, a slightly shorter cardigan that skims your backside (if you’re concerned about coverage) would work better proportionally. But who cares what I have to say, its how you feel in your clothes that matter.
Oh, absoutely. Grechen does look great in both outfits, for sure. I’m just always imagining myself in the clothes and think about how I would be able to incorporate that in my life/wardrobe. Grechen offers such great inspiration and so much to think about!
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Laura WL says
I love the first 1. I wear something similar all the time. I wear a black oaknyc maxi dress with a grey cropped jcrew sweatshirt. It just feels comfortable, funky and emfortless. I usually add this clear epoxy boomerang shaped necklace on a leather cord to really funk it up. I love your style. It is similar to mine, which my husband calls “clothes you can also sleep in.” Haha.
Grechen Reiter says
ha!! my husband just refers to all my “jersey” clothing (meaning material, not “new jersey” lol) and that it all looks the same to him.
do you have the asymmetrical oak maxi dress? t-shirt type, with a short slit up one side and with different sleeve lengths? i have that one too…love it so much!