We asked Nikki, our Head of Buying, how she would style the Pinafore Dress.
What do you wear with the pinafore dress?
I wear mine (the Pinstripe Wool Pinafore Dress) with a slim wool sweater beneath I always think that wool looks best when worn with wool. I have a few Toast sweaters, so I swap between the Button Shoulder Wool Sweaterin ember (though you could wear it with a grey sweater if you prefer a more classic, understated look) and the Cashmere Wool Button Sweater I have it in fern, which is a lovely, earthy colour. These sweaters both give a nice, neat silhouette that works really well with the straight line of the dress. It's flattering to wear something slim beneath something easy loose over loose never really works. The button shoulder is a nod to more traditional mariner sweaters and I like the extra detail.
What about tights and shoes?
Neat little ankle socks paired with chunky shoes is incredibly chic. If you wear mainly dark blues, greys and blacks then I think it's quite nice to have a little splash of colour with a sock (but that's just my preference!). If it's chilly outside I'd opt for tights. I don't like anything shiny so the matte natural fibres of our Merino Falke Tightsare great for me.
How would you wear the other pinafore dresses?
If I was wearing the Black Denim Pinafore Dress which is a bit more casual then I would pair it with astriped long sleeve teeor a polo neck. Cotton on cotton works well,but as I mentioned before, the top needs to be neat fitting. On a cold day I would wear a chunkier sweater. Rather than shoes or boots, I'd keep it relaxed with the Leather Trainers in black.
And the coat?
Why does the pinafore dress work so well?
Because it's so versatile and comfortable and the shape is great it gives off a relaxed boy-ish confidence. It looks grownup but stylish and contemporary - all at the same time!