…I was wondering if you had any pointers for what I could wear with this J Crew gabardine dress in Dark Slate. I bought the dress on sale while in grad school last year – and now that I have a real job, (and some money to splurge on a matching jacket), sadly there is no more Dark Slate suiting available. It has a fairly low scoop in the back, which was not portrayed in online pictures or the item description, so I feel I need something to cover up a bit when I need to be more conservative at work. The personal shopper at J Crew suggested wearing a cardigan over the dress, but I have a hard time finding a cardigan that doesn’t make the almost-elbow length sleeves look lumpy underneath – as most cardigans I’ve come across lately are lightweight/sheer. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated…
Yay, mollywaffles, congratulations on your job!
I was so focused on the Polyvore image that I kept forgetting the color you have is slate. I think that’s the darker grey. Various shades of purple would look nice with it. The striped top might be too casual, but I would try it. I don’t have this on there, but have you tried a tank top? That would eliminate double sleeves. Tank tops have various scoops so you could find one that’s not high up on the upper back, yet gives you more coverage than the dress does in that area. A tank may not work in this case because you have a boatneck style in the front. You might try on the tee or tank backwards to see if the scoop works better in the othe rdirection. Tagless tops with only the manufacturer’s name stamped in it are really good for this.
I also love the idea of a pale blue or possibly even a pale green with slate. The dress is really a blank canvas. And in this case, a tissue tee might be good. The weight of it (how it looks) may hold up just fine next to the gab fabric since you’re only seeing slivers of the tissue tee. A tissue fabric is good to avoid a bulky feeling in the arms. As far as the tee, I’m thinking tank or short sleeve; not long sleeved.
Short sleeved cardis are another option, but aren’t easy to find. Keep looking out for them this spring from Loft or Talbot’s in a variety of colors. Those are the stores I’d look to to have something like that. Or perhaps Point of View or whatever they’re calling that dept now at Nordstrom. If you find one w/looser arms, like the first one on the left, it might work as a layer over the dress. The sleeves would probably look good if they cover the sleeves of the dress, but be open. You never know. Also, a swingy sweater vest might look very cool, if that’s in your personal style constitution. I’m thinking I put a couple of blazers on here because I think you can find one with fabric that nicely compliments the gabardine.
Wrap up — I think blues, greens and coral/orange/peach would be good to work with. Play with tanks, short-sleeve scoopneck tees, short sleeve sweaters (esp wrap or throw on styles w/loose arms), vests and jackets. It may take a minute — again w/the boatneck front and scoop back — but adding 1 or 2 of these pieces plus a necklace or two, will yield a good number of looks out of the dress.
Hope these sparks your imagination 🙂
p.s. Today is the last day to use ONSAVE20 for 20% off your Old Navy adult clothing purchase. I have some picks in this post. However, I forgot to include this cute, new arrival:
Ruffled tube dress – I’m curious to see what the weight will be on this fabric. It would make a cute cover up for dinner dress if nothing else.