A Summer Sweater Dress

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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.

Knit Dress: Zara | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Necklaces: Catbird & Indian Wedding Present | Sandals: Isabel Marant (Consignment)
Knit Dress: Zara | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Necklaces: Catbird & Indian Wedding Present | Sandals: Isabel Marant (Consignment)

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:

The side slit keeps this sweater dress feeling summery.
The side slit keeps this sweater dress feeling summery.

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!

Sandals: Isabel Marant (Consignment) | Indian Anklets: Wedding Gift
Sandals: Isabel Marant (Consignment) | Indian Anklets: Wedding Gift