Sleeveless Dress Struggles 

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I can be a lazy dresser. That’s why I gravitate toward dresses a lot! It’s one and done…for the most part. But now that it’s colder, it’s tougher to find cute, affordable, and most importantly, WARM dresses for winter! For some reason, retailers keep cranking out sleeveless winter dresses. What’s up with that?!

I came across the struggle recently, while doing some winter sale shopping. I found a great deal on a Banana Republic dress in a winter material for only $12 (sold out)! But alas, no sleeves! So, what’s a girl to do? Layer! And I get to share the end result with you in my first blogger photo shoot! Thanks to Tosha Gaines for the great shots!


My first layering attempt included a white button-down, but I looked too much like a schoolgirl. And at the ripe old age of 36, it wasn’t hitting me baby, one more time! Ya know what I’m saying?! Britney Spears knows what I’m saying.

So, I decided to regroup and adopt the KISS methodology:  keep it simple, stupid. A long sleeve black t-shirt ended up working nicely and is much more comfy than a stuffy old button down.


The layering continued with a red coat I got from Banana Republic Factory about 10 years ago! I added tights and trusty old knee boots and voila! A quick and easy way to avoid freezing in a sleeveless frock!


I happened to be wearing the ensemble during another trip to my second home (Banana Republic) and the associate even complimented how I styled it! That’s always a “win” in my book! What are your favorite ways to look cute and work appropriate at the same time? I’d love to get your feedback!

One more shout out to Tosha Gaines photography for such a fun mini-photo session! If you’re looking for lifestyle or family pictures, be sure to check her out!

Thanks for reading!


6 thoughts on “Sleeveless Dress Struggles 

    thehomemakerslife said:
    January 24, 2016 at 3:03 pm


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    janna doan (@jannadoan) said:
    January 23, 2016 at 12:59 am

    vanessa!!! love it girl, i’ve tried the white button down layering myself, can’t seem to get it right yet, so yes, KISS can never fail you right?! you had me rolling ” wasn’t hitting me baby, one more time! Ya know what I’m saying?! Britney Spears knows what I’m saying” you never fail to make me laugh that’s what i love about you! xoxo,

    janna |

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      Budding Fashionista responded:
      January 23, 2016 at 5:48 am

      haha! so glad you get my humor, girl! Thanks so much for reading! xoxo


    Kiki - According to Kiki said:
    January 22, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    This is music to my ears. I too have the same one and done mentality when it comes to dresses. Summer is the freaking best time to get dressed, yes? (; I’m not confident about layering them for the cooler months though. It’s not something I could ever get “right.” Thanks for the styling tips!

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      Budding Fashionista responded:
      January 23, 2016 at 5:49 am

      summer is the best, in my opinion! i love the layering options in the fall, but it’s just so much easier in the summer! I’m sure you look fab in your layering!


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