The Evolution of the Jersey Dress: How Casual Suddenly Became Chic
Jeana Lee Fleming and Charlotte Thompson
Style Tips Columnists
Tuesday, Oct 06,2009
Just as any individual can recall exactly where they were and what they were doing in regard to major defining moments in their life, I can recall my love at first sight with my very first T-Bags jersey dress in US Weekly. Three years and a closet full of T-Bags jersey dresses later, I still love my “Go-To” outfit as much today as I did back then.
What may have originally started out as the fad, has quickly won its way into our hearts, our closets and onto the designer drawing boards. So many of fashion’s greats and fashion’s newcomer, such as Lauren Conrad, are trying their hand and their take on the jersey dress.
Basics such as the jersey dress lend themselves to personal style because it is what you do with those items that make a statement as an individual. One of the best features of the jersey dress is the versatility it embodies to go from daytime casual to nighttime chic. Regardless of venue...At the beach, a football tailgate or out on the town for dinner and drinks, you can rest assured that your jersey dress is perfect for any occasion.
Follow these tips to make the most of accessorizing your jersey dress.
Layered Gold Chain Necklaces: Not quite “Mr. T” big but layered nonetheless. These look great with all necklines of jersey dresses.
Long necklaces: Pearls, stones, beads- really anything will work.
Big Earrings: Look great with a halter jersey dress. Sometimes necklaces are overkill with the halter neckline.
Bangles: Always a great way to incorporate color into your look.
Belts: Add a great splash of color or animal print to a solid color jersey dress. They also allow you to accentuate your waist in a loose or natural waist jersey dress.
Vest: A great way to diversify your jersey dress look.
Cardigan: The cardigan look is best achieved with a “short waisted cardigan”. Ideally the cardigan hits at the empire waist line. A cardigan compliments all necklines and tends to give the jersey dress a more casual feel.
Hats: Don’t be afraid to sport a fedora or a newsboy cap to compliment your jersey dress.
Cowboy boots: Best with short jersey dresses but great for long as well.
Oversized Handbag and Shades: Add a star quality to your look.
Lightweight scarf: This is great for transitioning your jersey dress into cooler weather.
Slip: If you own a jersey dress you need to own a slip of some sort. Whether you think it is or not, your jersey dress is probably fairly see-through from the waist down. Save yourself the embarrassment of running around town with a see-through dress. I know it sounds funny, but really, you will thank me later!