So - here's why I think this one works (and my other ones don't): The dress is fairly form fitting - it doesn't have a lot of bulk and hides well underneath the sweater. The sweater/cardigan is a bit thicker than some of my other cardis and helps to hide the extra layer of fabric beneath. Also- the buttons are pretty blingy - which draws attention to them rather than the line of the short sleeve of the dress beneath the cardigan.
My other dresses are either too thick, or have ruffles, puffy sleeves, etc on top and my other cardigans or blouses aren't thick enough to hide the fact that there's a dress beneath. My best advice is if you want a dress to act as a skirt, trial and error is your friend.
I was inspired by the fact that Ricki's is showcasing a bright kelly green pencil skirt in their spring line (and I really really want it - but it's not in my budget) so I was trying to find a solid bright coloured skirt in my own wardrobe.
I originally had this on with boots but ended up not liking how it looked. The pumps are a much better, more leg elongating look.
Dress - Walmart
Cardigan - Marshall's
Necklace - Handmade by Me
Pumps - Walmart
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