In this episode, Shana and host Meagan Francis discuss what to wear to a high school reunion. (Such a great topic, right?) Reunions are tricky because you want to look amazing, without looking like you’re trying too hard.
Shana gives tips for looking fabulous and effortless at the same time, as well as a few other tips and tricks for reunion dressing. But my eye-opening moment came when Shana and Meagan addressed the challenges of dressing for a hotel conference room, which can easily feel like a sauna or an igloo (or sometimes both, in the same hour).
When asked about her take on layering a sweater over a dress for warmth, Shana said, “nothing ruins a good outfit faster than a cardigan.”
I’ve never heard this articulated before, but knew immediately she was right.
coral dress: Stitch Fix
I love dresses for summer. They’re pretty, they’re breezy, they’re darn close to effortless. But I tend to get cold—and there’s a big temperature difference between a sweltering day and an air-conditioned room—so AI always grab a layer when I’m heading out the door. Until a few years ago, that piece would be a cardigan.
Layering a sweater over a dress sounds like a great idea. But it ruined the look every time I tried it.
Instead of a cardigan, Shana suggests a scarf, a moto jacket, or a blazer. Or a poncho! (That last one I gotta see for myself, because I cannot picture it. Although I’m betting this would be cute over the right dress.)
My go-to layer in the summer is an old denim jacket. I got mine at Loft many moons ago. I leave it open, and usually roll the sleeves because I like the proportions better that way.
maxi dress: Stitch Fix
striped dress: Target
(Bonus: with a jacket on top, I can get away with wearing dresses more places than I otherwise would. I feel naked wearing skinny-strapped dresses in church, or the grocery store, but with a jacket it’s no big deal.)
Non sequitur: Silas wanted to get in on the backyard photo action. This photo kills me. Four going on thirty.
He looks more like my little boy in this one, even if he wouldn’t crack a smile. (Not while he’s wearing the catcher’s helmet, obviously.)
A cardigan kills a good dress: agree or disagree? And what do YOU layer over your summer dresses?
cardigan photo via J. Crew’s 2007 (!!) catalog