Meteorologically speaking, it’s been a wacky spring/summer so far. One day it’s humid and raining; the next, it’s sunny and freezing. It can be difficult to dress for such disparate situations, but I’ve discovered one outfit that was able to bridge these extremes.
Enter this Zara sweater dress. Because the dress is knitted, it’s cozy for cooler beach nights — without losing its summery heart. I first noticed its sunset palette of burnt russet but quickly shifted focus to the knotted detail in the front.
This design detail seems to be a growing trend — it looks a little like you’ve tied a sweater around your waist, without the actual sweater part. This trend is fabulous. Not only does it create a nice waistline without heavy-metal belting, but it’s easier than actually tying a sweater around your waist. (Have you tried that lately? It’s a very un-cute cape for your butt.)
The dress also included some side slits, which tastefully show some leg without being garish:
I paired the whole shebang with jewelry I received for my Hindu wedding ceremony last year. (Today is the one-year anniversary of the ceremony, and we visited the Balaji Temple in Bridgewater, NJ to pray and receive blessings.)
This dress is no longer available at Zara, but here is a similar white version. In addition, here is a similar orange version from Banana Republic and a seriously beautiful (and expensive) tie-front dress from Rosetta Getty.
How have you been dealing with the bouncing temperatures? I’d love to hear your tips!