Outfit Formula | Vintage Dress + Cropped Sweater + Doc Martens

Outfit Formula: Is it Fall yet?

In these strange days of fall – where the leaves are changing but the weather can still be hot in the afternoons – I have been working to understand how to cobble together my warm and cold weather wardrobe in a way that brings me joy, not just physical comfort.

On weekdays, I’m out of the house by 7 am, so I’ve found that planning my outfits the night before has made a huge difference in how composed I feel throughout the day. I would love to be one of those people who just throws stuff together and it magically looks good, but because I have specific ideas about silhouettes that look best together, I can often end up feeling frumpy (in a bad way) instead of cool.

One way I plan to dress appropriately for the next few weeks of fall weather is to take advantage of my dress collection before it’s too late. I decided to create a few looks based around the formula of a vintage dress and ethically sourced sweater, all accessorized with a classic pair of Doc Martens.

I chose to highlight dresses from The Kissing Tree Vintage because I’ve been a big fan of their curation for nearly ten years, and can almost always find something with the 80s and 90s vibes I’m going for.

Outfit Formula: Vintage Dress + Ethical Cardigan + Doc Martens

Look 1: Grunge Flapper

I envision wearing this marled Everlane sweater at full length over the dress (i.e. not tucked or pulled up to make it appear cropped) for a silhouette that recalls a drop-waist dress. The crew neck on the sweater completely covers the neckline of the dress for a look that is put-together and surprisingly chic.

Details: Dress / Sweater

Look 2: VSCO Girl

I might be too old to be a VSCO girl, and I am not likely to wear a dress quite this short. But I like the playfulness of the cropped Lucy & Yak fleece over a plaid pinafore-style dress. It would also work with a longer length, flannel shirt layered underneath.

Details: Dress / Sweater

Look 3: Sock Hop Sweetheart

This Everlane Alpaca cardigan is begging to be worn in a 1950s-throwback outfit. The high neck, pastel florals, and tea length of the dress suit it perfectly. I would definitely wear this with my cat-eye glasses.

Details: Dress / Sweater

Look 4: Boarding School Dropout

Last but not least, a simple but statement-making look featuring this bright yellow Everlane ReCashmere Sweater. I would wear it layered under the pinafore dress to show off the dress’ cute overall-strap hardware.

Details: Dress / Sweater

Leah Wise

Leah Wise is the founder of StyleWise Blog. She has been writing, speaking, and consulting on sustainable fashion, the fair trade and secondhand supply chain, and digital marketing for over ten years. An Episcopal priest, Leah holds a B.A. in Religion from Florida State University and an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School. When not working, you can find her looking for treasures at the thrift store.

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1 Comment

  1. This outfit is really good.

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