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How I styled a Jumper dress | Autumn Colour.


Wearing a chunky knit dress with bright coloured tights.

It was a beautiful October day, here in Scotland, today.
My husband was scraping frost off the windscreen this morning, then the sun came out.
Beautiful.
This crisp weather calls for cosy clothes.
I love comfortable clothing and, of course, I love being toasty warm.
So, a jumper dress (or sweater dress) seems like the perfect option for me.

Wearing a Jumper dress with colour | Fake fabulous

However, there are pitfalls.

Jumper dresses can make me look like I am shaped like an ironing board.

...and a little chunky with it.
I know I am not be the curviest of people, but all signs of a waist are lost here.
This is a common problem.
I am almost tempted to belt this dress BUT I must resist.

Belting this jumper dress is a one way ticket to frumpsville.
Instead I would wear a cropped jacket over it, maybe a biker? ...One that ends at my waist.
Try it. It honestly works! (see how a cropped jumper gives me a waist here, with skinny jeans).

The chunkiness of the pattern adds bulk.
It is an intarsia knit so all of the different coloured yarns are behind the pattern, adding a significant amount of thickness.
The turtleneck can be unforgiving too (especially if your neck is short or there is a little bit of turkey going on).
Thankfully, the length is good [phew] short enough...but not too much.

{The midi length knitted dresses can look much more edgy but need careful styling....that is a post for another day}

I went for BRIGHT blue tights, they are so comfortable (see them with my Orange dress in this post).
I could have picked out any of the other colours too. You won't be surprised to read that I have a pair of tights to pick out every colour in this dress!

I wore my, what can only be described as sloppy, suede boots which are totally flat and are like slippers.
They have plenty of room inside them for cosy socks (I chose teal ones today).
My "happy" bag came out again...I could not resist!

The dress has so much going on that any OTT jewellery was unnecessary.
Simple studs were enough.

Blue Tights | Fake fabulous

Do you love to wear Jumper dresses? Or do you steer clear because of the pitfalls?
Please let me know in the comments...I love to read your thoughts


See how the fabric bulks up around my tummy in this shot?
Comfort won today, and the bright colours kept the eye moving, but sweater dresses are definitely NOT an easy styling option.

Dress: Graduate fashion week (old)... This one is a very cool Midi length.
Tights: Fogal (c/o UKtights)
Boots: Boden (mini Boden)
PomPom: Topshop
Wearing a Jumper dress with colour | Fake fabulous


35 comments

  1. Oh wow I absolutely love the dress. You have styled in in such a fab way. Gemma xx
    www.jacquardflower.uk

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    1. Thank you Gemma! Simple really...I just let the colours do all of the work.
      XXX
      Samantha

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  2. I'm a sucker for sweater dresses! And this pattern is visually stimulating (especially for a knitter like me). I, however, do not suffer from the ironing board look (curves run in my family). I do love the idea of a biker jacket with it for you. I have worn a long cardigan over it & belted the cardigan in the past (see http://bit.ly/1LNQafb ). Was this sweater dress a deal? jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Jodie, your Sweater dress post was very cute. I loved those boots!! Wowzers...they certainly knocked any potential frumpiness into touch.
      This Jumper was actually one of the very few things I paid full price for.
      I loved the colours so much, i had to have it. And, as a knitter you will appreciate the fact that it is not a print.
      XXX
      Samantha

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  3. I've not tried jumper dresses, I'm a bit of a crimplene queen and love to team them up with opaque tights and boots at Theo's time of year.
    I do think you look great in yours and I especially like the colours
    Lynn :-)

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    1. You should Lynn!
      What about one of the circle styles? You could still wear your opaques :oD
      Thank you for your comment.
      XXX
      Samantha

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  4. I LOVE this! Yes, this kind of knit can make some of us look like an ironing board (hahaha!) but I think viewers are not so easily fooled - they will know we are not one. Your legs, arms, head, etc. all reveal your true shape. At least I keep telling myself that when I get that bunching action. Again, love this!

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    1. It is sometimes tricky, Melanie!
      Lumps and bumps appear that I didn't know existed and all sense of boobs, waist and bum is lost.
      I love the pattern too much to give it up though.
      Thank you for your lovely comment.
      XXX
      Samantha

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  5. I'm stopping over from the Shopping My Closet link up. Your dress caught my eye! What a gorgeous dress!!! I also love how you styled it. In the fall I tend to stick to neutrals, so it's nice to see some bright colors!

    -Lauren
    thethrillofthrifting.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you for popping over Lauren!
      I always want to try being chic and neutral with clean lines but colour always seems to happen...I don't know why?!
      XXX
      Samantha

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  6. Samantha you look so cute in this dress. I had to laugh at your idea of it making you look chunky or it rucking up around your middle - sweetie, you're tiny, yes a size 8 is tiny! Great choice of blue tights and boots, as it's all about the dress. Lovely post.
    Anna xxx

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    1. Thank you Anna,
      A size 8 is small but this dress can chunk me up good and proper!
      Hahaha
      I can't resist it though, the pattern is too nice and, because the dress is so thick, it is super cosy.
      These tights just make me smile.
      XXX
      Samantha

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  7. I can't get over how beautiful the colours are in this dress! wow!

    https://forsevenseasons.wordpress.com

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    1. Thank you so much, Aleczandra!
      It was so vibrant that I had to buy it....I have bright orange tights that will go(clash) well too.
      Adding even more colour to the mix.
      XXX
      Samantha

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  8. That bag is so fun! This color blue is stunning too. Love the print on your jumper!
    ~Jessica
    Jeans and a Teacup

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    1. Thank you Jessica...I love this silly bag (it really makes me smile).
      XXX
      Samantha

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  9. Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. I love the color combination! Please send me the dress! LOL

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    1. It would be perfect for your climate, Nicole!
      So cosy :oD
      XXX
      Samantha

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  10. That dress! And that bag! Man, you're just so cute! I can't believe how awesome you wear color and pattern. It's kind of insane! Love this!! I also want to compliment you on your posing--so fresh and flirty. I love how sincere you always look. So sweet. Like I know we'd be friends. And finally one last compliment: you're really purdy.

    Ok, that's probably enough from me for now!! Haha.

    Love, Ann from Kremb de la Kremb

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    1. Wow, thank you Ann!
      What an awesome compliment.
      XXX
      Samantha

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  11. I look like a giant frump in a sweater dress, but you look absolutely adorable! Love the dress and the tights and the boots! And the bag! The bag! I must have one like it!

    Shelbee
    www.shelbeeontheedge.com

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    1. Oh Shelbee, I know exactly what you mean! These dresses can be so hard to wear. This dress fairly chunks up my limbs and they can look so mumsy. I think it is best just to go for it with some bright clashing colours and hopefully no one pays too much attention to the bulk around my torso!
      Thank you for your comment.
      XXX
      Samantha

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  12. Very fun look, Dear!

    Thanks so much for linking up with Fun Fashion Friday!
    OXOX
    Dawn Lucy
    http://fashionshouldbefun.blogspot.com

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  13. Bulk around the waist... Hah. You see what others don't. But I get you, I am the same.
    Lovely dress, well styled.
    Greetje
    PS I like you being Scottish. My best friend is Scottish so I have a special connection with that country.

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    1. Thank you Greetje.
      This simple item is one of the hardest things to wear! Strange, isn't it?
      All of the bulk can look awful.
      I am glad you can empathise with my problem :oD
      XXX

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  14. This dress is so fab!! I love the retro vibe of it.

    Thank you for being a part of TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you Thursday.

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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    1. Thank you Alice, I will see you then!
      XXX
      Samantha

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  15. Greetings from Oban! SO nice to see another person who loves to wear colour! I was just in Glasgow today, and to look down the crowded streets, it was like looking at the biggest funeral procession on earth, so many people were in head to toe black. You look AWESOME, and your bag is everything.

    www.highlandfashionista.com

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    1. Thank you Kristin!
      Oban? What a beautiful part of the world. I am glad you like my bag...it is so cute, fun to wear and makes me smile everytime I look at it. In fact, I will probably use it tomorrow as the perfect antidote to a tough day at work.
      I know what you mean about the colourless streets.... It does make me wonder where the colourful clothes from the shops end up!? Are they just hanging, unloved in people's wardrobes? Maybe that is why I pick up so many great items in charity shops?!
      Thank you for your lovely comment.
      XXX

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  16. So loving the gorgeous colors and patterns of this fun dress! I think it is quite flattering on you as is, Samantha. Your happy bag seriously makes me smile! And you are so right, simple studs were just the thing for accessories, anything else would have been too much.

    Thanks for linking up with Fabulous Friday!

    Jennie - A Pocketful of Polka Dots

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