Looking Back, Looking Forward

Undercover. You may remember this strapless dress with its tropical floral print, shirred sweetheart neckline, and pleated skirt. It’s one of my favorite low-budget purchases of the summer. To continue to spread the flower power right through early fall, I went in search of the perfect companion for the dress, a chic cardigan.

None of the above cardigans are just right. The Y-front neckline with faux pearl buttons on the first two cardigans is ideal, but the colors, not so ideal. While the white of the third cardigan looks promising, I am more fond of the Y-neckline of the first two.

So, back to the drawing board. Perhaps this one? It combines the best features of the sweaters above with its Y-neckline and great off-white (powdered milk) color.

All cardigans-Old Navy


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  1. September 17, 2008 / 3:52 pm

    I like the white with the Y neckline cardigan, but I also like the #2 one. It’s purple, isn’t it?


  2. Anonymous
    September 17, 2008 / 4:31 pm


    How about brown? Or maybe a green (fern or brighter olive) shade? This will carry it in to fall nicely.


  3. September 17, 2008 / 6:22 pm

    I like the white cardigan with the Y neck line. You can’t go wrong with that one. You could also go with a brighter color.

  4. September 17, 2008 / 11:51 pm

    Oh, I do love the white one you chose. Will you get it? That dress looks lovely with white.

  5. September 18, 2008 / 3:13 am

    love it with the white.

  6. September 18, 2008 / 5:32 am

    Psyche !! How’s everything ??
    As always with your femme lady style.
    What a cute dress

  7. September 18, 2008 / 10:45 am

    I like the white. Sometimes finding the right cardigan can be so stressful- haha. I also really love the bag- so cute!

  8. September 18, 2008 / 10:52 am

    It’s a tough-one because you’ve gotta work with the neckline of the dress. What about a wrap? But i like the white cardi.

  9. September 18, 2008 / 3:00 pm

    Maybe a shorter length button up sweater with the bottom of it just at your waist. Button two or three lower ones. Maybe a light, soft cashmere.

  10. September 19, 2008 / 1:28 pm

    This is a great way to continue to use summer dresses into fall. Target is selling dress cardigans in several colors to go with dresses and a thin belt. Lucky Mag highlighted this style in their September issue, even though women have been doing that for a while now. I like all the colors of the sweaters you choose. Those should work out great!

  11. September 21, 2008 / 5:53 am

    Love the “winter floral” look. Could you try layering an actual sweater on top (not a cardigan)? Maybe even something like the one you wore on Thurs. August 28th (yellow short sleeve turtleneck sweater…although not sure that color would work). Anyways, just an idea!

  12. September 22, 2008 / 4:07 am

    I adoooooooore this dress!

    I’m thinking it might look best with a bright color sweater (our local Target had some on sale recently) — a color picked up from the dress itself, perhaps?

  13. September 22, 2008 / 2:38 pm

    Thanks for all the suggestions!!

    I am literally going to try them all.

  14. September 26, 2008 / 5:30 am

    I also have this dress. Beautiful print, beautiful fit, so naturally the zipper ripped out after the second wear. Haven’t found time to replace it, but now I feel inspired =P

  15. Anonymous
    October 6, 2008 / 7:36 pm

    I LOOOOVE that dress with the purple cardigan! Purple is such a hot color for 2008-2009, too!

  16. Anonymous
    March 31, 2009 / 1:35 pm

    This dress is all the rave. I have seen it on Today show twice since spring. I remember seeing it on your blog in September. Great buy!!