Wear A Top Over A Dress For An Unexpected Look

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It’s sometimes a challenge to come up with a fresh outfit idea, especially with a small closet. That’s when we need to try the unexpected look, like a glittery knit top over an old favorite dress. And a sassy attitude.

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I just found this gold, glittery top (similar) at the thrift for a couple of dollars. I don’t usually like bling attached to my clothes, but I’m making a happy exception here. The flowy dress underneath is a Karina Mia, worn many times on its own – feels like silk, machine wash and drip dry. The old booties (sim) are by funky brand Cydwoq, and the pendant (sim) was thrifted in NYC. The vintage bracelet (sim) is via Citizen Rosebud, check out their stuff here.

top over dress

Rather brown from head to toe today, but I like it.

unexpected look

She looks out to the sea, and dreams of lunch, only 15 minutes away.

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  1. I really love this outfit Patti. I’m a little reluctant to wear too much sparkle on my clothing too. I DO like it on other people though and I recently bought a sequined top at a consignment shop. I just have to work up the guts to wear it!! Your top is subtley sequined and has an Indian/Sari vibe. I LOVE THOSE booties!!! You look smashing Patti!

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  3. I’m diggin’ the brown, especially with the glittery bits. Gazing out for lunch. Hahaha! Too right. I’m gazing off waiting for dinner, only several hours away. Thanks for the linkup – I’m happy to make it.

  4. I’m such a fan of getting more use out of my dresses, I love that you put the glittery top over it and I’m loving the Cydwoq booties – one of my favorite brands. Thank you for hosting!


  5. I have never tried it before. It’s surprising. I will experiment with my dresses and tops! That is a beautiful top btw! Thank you for hosting!

  6. Hey Patti! I’ve tried that a couple of times and it really expands your wardrobe. Especially if you have a dress that doesn’t look the greatest on the top or is maybe too tight in places. You can just cover it with a shirt and now you have a new skirt. Happy first day of spring!

  7. Yes! Shopping my closet is ever so helpful because it gets the creative juices flowing. Some of my best looks were derived from pairing unexpected pieces together. You look great!

  8. I love layering over a dress. It can really change the look of a dress.

    I really like this look, Patti! The sparkly top looks great with the dress!

    Thanks for the link up & have a great week!

  9. I too try this combination from time to time. Nice top and looks lovely over the dress. And I love your booties!

  10. Love this idea, Patti and have to admit I’ve done it several times myself πŸ™‚ Really like the casual ease of your look. The top is so pretty and the booties are perfect!

    Have a great week!


  11. I have a thing for layering over dresses, well over anything really. The more pattern or texture the better. In fact I feel underdressed if ive only one layer on haha.
    Thanks for letting us play along Patti
    Lynn in the UK

  12. I remember the first time I saw this, from the Glamourai, back when she was just starting out, and it was a revelation. It sure makes dresses more useful.

  13. You look wonderful in your shades of burnished bronze (brown sounds far too pedestrian!) Hope lunch was worth the wait! xxx

  14. Your mix of bling and embellishments is marvelous and creates a wonderfully unique look that highlights your creativity. You’re looking quite fabulous, Patti. Thank you for sharing this inspiration and for hosting. I hope that you have great week ahead of you.


  15. Totally agree, a sassy attitude can take you so far! And the unexpected is such a fun and creative way to expand our wardrobes. Seriously love this look you beautiful lady.

  16. It’s a pretty top, and sometimes a little bit of bling can be fun. And I can totally relate to the challenges posed by a small wardrobe… at this point (of late winter) I feel that I’ve shown every single piece in my wardrobe so many times on the blog that my readers must be bored to seeing them. I know I am. But maybe that’s just me being tired of winter…

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