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.

Checkmate

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.

Fire Engine Fabulous

If you’re thinking you’re too old, dull, conservative or whatever to wear a red vinyl trench coat, please do this one thing for me. Go to the nearest mirror. Look yourself in the eye. And repeat after me, “I’m amazing and I can absolutely rock a red vinyl trench coat.”

Yes, people will stare. And you will love it.

Royal in Blue

Blue and beige go together like peanut butter and jelly, yes? And, these two bright pieces lift you right out of the black, grey and navy rut that can happen in the winter months.

Texture Bomb

 

The Maison Jules Faux Suede trench can make an outfit from nearly anything (well, not Dolphin shorts if you’re old enough to know what those are). Teaming it with a neutral, thick-knit sweater is just one way to show off this fabulous coat. If the neutral-on-neutral feels too blah, step up the contrast with a white or cool-blue sweater dress.

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