Full Sleeved Red Dress: And ‘Smart Casual’ Dilemmas

A few days ago, I had a conversation with a friend where she declared that cold weather kills the fashionista in her! She lamented that in winter she finds herself in a repetitive loop of wearing jeans or tights in order to protect against the cold and dresses are completely off limits. I can completely relate to this dilemma as I have often found myself in a similar endless loop of jeans and tights in colder weather. For me, a key factor in considering wearing a dress in the colder months is finding a dress with long sleeves.  I am far more likely to put a dress on if I am sure that my arms are not going to be exposed to the elements at any time, including indoors.

On a different note, I find ‘smart casual’ the hardest dress code to decipher.  It lends itself to various interpretations and is very situation dependent.  Dress codes such as casual or black tie are far easier to follow as they leave little room for misinterpretation. Frankly, ‘smart casual’ sends a shiver down my spine and I find myself constantly on the hunt for that perfect ‘dressy casual’ outfit that I know I will need some day.

I love the dress that I am lookbooking today for all the reasons discussed above.  The colour is bold but the clean lines and lack of embellishments makes for a dress that can be dressed up or down. It is a versatile dress that can be easily styled for various occasions and would work well for a work to bar ‘smart casual’ look.  It also has long sleeves and therefore, paired with thick tights and boots, makes for a great winter dress.  On the other hand, I would use it as a tunic and pair it with jeans and sneakers for a far more casual look.  It’s the perfect length and its relaxed shape lends itself well to fluctuating weight – what more can a girl ask for!

Thank you so much for visiting my blog and have a great week.

(Clothes and Accessories: Dress – Karen Millen, Shoes – Nine West, Sleeveless Coat – Zara, Earrings – Alex Bitter)

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