Green Knitted Dress: Style Challenge Day 9

Green Collectif Knitted Dress outfit

So I have worn this exact same outfit on the blog before #sorrynotsorry! What’s also a bit weird is that I wore it pretty much exactly this time last year too – dun dun DUUUNN!! I didn’t say that this Style Challenge was going to be all unique outfits, and it can be kind of difficult to create brand new outfits in the cold winter weather when all you want to wear is this super cosy knitted dress and the only thing you can find to go with it is a pair of black heels!
Green Collectif Knitted Dress outfit

Green Collectif Knitted Dress outfit

To be honest, this dress isn’t exactly easy to wear. Despite being really comfortable – it’s super stretchy and is made of a really soft knitted fabric – there are a couple of features that make it difficult to pair with other things:

1. The sleeves – I have an issue with jumpers and dresses that are made from wool or similar (ie. supposed to be warm) but that have less than full length sleeves. It means that you can either have chilly forearms (and I’m always cold, so I do!) or you’ll have to struggle to layer something over the top – I say “struggle” because have you ever tried wearing a cardigan over knitwear?!
2. The length. It’s a lovely midi length which keeps you warmer and looks cool, but has anyone figured out how to wear fitted true midi dresses (ie. mid calf) with anything except heeled pumps?! Ankle boots just chop your legs up and look weird, and flats are just too…flat with it. So heels it is!

Anyways, I rewear outfits and life goes on! How is life for everyone right now? I’ve just got a new crazily awesome planner at work that I’m obsessed with, and I also got a bullet journal for Christmas from my sister, plus I have my One Line a Day Journal too, so my life is feeling very organised right now – we’ll see how long that lasts! To be honest, I feel like I’ve been needing a planner to get my life in order for a while and to get the craziness out of my brain and onto paper so I don’t forget things. I’m mostly just loving how pretty the giant planner is on my desk at the moment though, can you blame me?

Outfit Details

Knitted Dress: Collectif | Heels: ASOS

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Green Collectif Knitted Dress outfit


  1. Lynsey
    January 13, 2017 / 9:04 am

    You look very classy!! And you have a fab figure to wear a dress like this.

    • Sian Thomas
      January 13, 2017 / 10:26 am

      Ah thank you – that’s lovely of you to say! 🙂

  2. Susan
    January 13, 2017 / 11:02 am

    Couldn’t agree more about the three-quarter-sleeves-problem.
    But here’s the solution … fingerless gloves. Long ones.
    They are snug, look classy in a retro-way, and you can wear them indoors.
    I get mine from Turtle Doves, who recycle cashmere jumpers into gloves, and will make them any length you want.
    I have them (wrist warmers too) in lots of colours.
    But other companies do them as well … or you could knit your own.

    • Sian Thomas
      January 18, 2017 / 4:43 pm

      Long gloves are a brilliant idea! I have a pair of (apparently!) vintage ones, but they’re silk and don’t feel quite right for this, but I like your thinking! I do have a pair of yoga arm warmers that go up to the elbow and are fingerless too, so I will give it a go, thanks for the tip 😀

  3. Karen
    January 13, 2017 / 12:34 pm

    Despite your reservations, I think if I had that dress (and your figure!) I’ be wearing it at least once a week. It looks absolutely superb, and I adore the colour! Kx

    • Sian Thomas
      January 18, 2017 / 4:43 pm

      Thank you! I do love wearing it, it’s just difficult to figure out more outfits with it! xx

  4. January 19, 2017 / 5:27 pm

    Have you tried knee-high boots with a bit of heel? I think it would look good…But I know what you mean about woolen garments with shorter sleeve. I used to have a woolen dress with turtle neck but sleeveless. I just never wore it cause it just didn’t work for either winter or summer…

    • Sian Thomas
      February 2, 2017 / 1:00 pm

      I’ve tried knee high boots and found that the dress tends to ride up just above them and give a weird little gap between boot and dress, but I do have some over the knee ones that work quite well with it too!

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