Just Add Shoes — Trench and Sweater Dress Combos to Die For

Catherine Brock, Budget Fashionista wearing powder blue trenchcoat and black cowl-neck sweater dress

Being creative with your style is super fun, for sure. But there are days when you need to save your brainpower for other things. Maybe you’ve got a big presentation to do, or lunch at the in-laws, or a second date with special someone. You’re feeling mild anxiety about what’s ahead — and outfit indecision can only fan that flame.

Tried-and-True Outfits

These are the days you turn to your tried-and-true combos. You know, the sun dress with sneaks. Skinny jeans and tunic. Pencil skirt and lightweight blouse, tucked-in. Saviors of your stressful mornings.

Today I bring you one more trusty outfit to have in your back pocket: the trench coat and sweater dress.

Trench + Sweater Dress

I love this pair because it’s sexy, sophisticated and very easy to put together. Just as you wear the sun dress and sneaks with a flouncy hairdo when you’re feeling cute-as-a-button, you pair up your trench with a sweater dress to show off your mysterious, cosmopolitan side.

Here are five affordable trench-and-sweater dress pairings you’ll love. Just add shoes!

Pretty as a Pink Rose

Dusty pink and deep green is an organic color pairing, sure to remind everyone of fresh, spring flowers. Leave your trench open to show off the cable knit design down the front of your dress.


With this combo, you’ll nod to what’s trending (those checks again!) without taking yourself too seriously. The relaxed sweater is alluring on its own, but you can turn up the heat a notch with flat-soled, over-the-knee boots and yesterday’s bed-tousled hairdo.

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Catherine Brock is a writer, editor and marketer who's been sharing wisdom online since 2002. She's been featured on DrLaura.com, Wellness.com and ABC7 Chicago, FOX2News St. Louis and KCAL9 Los Angeles. Connect with Catherine on LinkedIn, Instagram, or Twitter. Learn more about Catherine.
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