What I Wore Today: 03/28/2013 (Spring Sunset)

Spring Sunset outfit: striped mariner anchor dress from J.Crew, altered vintage denim vest, brown boots, skinny jeans, wide-brimmed wool hat - Anthropologie

Though it's technically been spring for almost a week, we're still having very mixed weather here in Cincinnati. One day it snows, and the next day it's sunny and 60 degrees.

This means that I'm totally wanting to wear dresses and make believe it's warm outside, but I still need to dress in layers and stay pretty covered up. My spring-uniform solution? Wearing dresses of jeans.

Get ready because the dresses over pants thing is very much on its way back (just check the runways if you don't believe me). Don't panic, though; it's an easier look to pull off than you might think. This time around the skirts are shorter and the jeans are skinnier, leading to a more slender, tunic-y silhouette that's much more flattering and less frumpy than the skirts-with-jeans-outfites 15-year-old me wore back in 2003.

A lot of staying warm comes down to simply keeping cold wind out. Dresses over jeans (and indeed long tops and tunics) help, as does tucking jeans into boots. All those gaps where clothing comes together should get more overlap than on warms days. And, of course, extra layers always help. I added this denim vests (just a vintage jacket I cut the sleeves off of) to help elevate the visual interest and the warmth factors all in one go.

Spring Sunset outfit: striped mariner anchor dress from J.Crew, altered vintage denim vest, brown boots, skinny jeans, wide-brimmed wool hat - Anthropologie
Spring Sunset outfit: striped mariner anchor dress from J.Crew, altered vintage denim vest, brown boots, skinny jeans, wide-brimmed wool hat - Anthropologie
Spring Sunset outfit: striped mariner anchor dress from J.Crew, altered vintage denim vest, brown boots, skinny jeans, wide-brimmed wool hat - Anthropologie
Spring Sunset outfit: striped mariner anchor dress from J.Crew, altered vintage denim vest, brown boots, skinny jeans, wide-brimmed wool hat - Anthropologie
Spring Sunset outfit: striped mariner anchor dress from J.Crew, altered vintage denim vest, brown boots, skinny jeans, wide-brimmed wool hat - Anthropologie
Spring Sunset outfit: striped mariner anchor dress from J.Crew, altered vintage denim vest, brown boots, skinny jeans, wide-brimmed wool hat - Anthropologie
Spring Sunset outfit: striped mariner anchor dress from J.Crew, altered vintage denim vest, brown boots, skinny jeans, wide-brimmed wool hat - Anthropologie
Spring Sunset outfit: striped mariner anchor dress from J.Crew, altered vintage denim vest, brown boots, skinny jeans, wide-brimmed wool hat - Anthropologie
Spring Sunset outfit: striped mariner anchor dress from J.Crew, altered vintage denim vest, brown boots, skinny jeans, wide-brimmed wool hat - Anthropologie

Skinny jeans - Pilcro, Anthropologie

"Maritime Anchor Dress" - J.Crew

Brown Boots - Journey's

Denim vest - vintage jacket I cut the sleeves off of

Wide-brim wool hat "Sweaterknit Rancher" - Anthropologie

Long pearl necklace (worn as bracelet) - Nordstrom Rack

Pavé cable link bracelet - J.Crew

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