Birthday outfit – chunky knit over a maxi dress

Chunky knit over a maxi dress with Celine Box bag. Chunky knit over a maxi dress with Celine Box bag. Chunky knit over a maxi dress with Celine Box bag.

Happy birthday to me

On Saturday, October 6, it was my 39th birthday. Summer is over, but wearing dresses is not. One of my favorite fall looks is wearing a chunky knit over a maxi dress. It’s casual but still dressed up – perfect for a cozy birthday celebration with my family.

And of course, comfy is key. To quote Coco Chanel: “Fashion has two purposes: comfort and love. Beauty comes when fashion succeeds.”

On another note, pushing 40 used to stress me out a bit. I wasn’t quite ready. I’m still 29 in my head and suddenly I’m walking into the last year in my 30s! But then something happened. I used to dread getting older, but now I’m grateful for every year. Why I see things differently now is something I’ll fill you in on later.

Chunky knit over a maxi dress with Celine Box bag.

Chunky knit over a maxi dress with Celine Box bag.

Chunky knit over a maxi dress, how to make it work

Like I mentioned, one of my favorite fall looks is wearing a chunky knit over a maxi dress. But as easy it may sound to throw a sweater over a dress, there are certain things you should keep in mind to make it work.

One thing is the length of the sweater. If you’re wearing a long maxi dress, it shouldn’t be too long, or your upper body may look very long as well. I can only speak for my own body type of course, and on me, that’s not a flattering look. Keeping the length of the sweater a bit on the cropped side makes it look more well-proportioned, giving it a more balanced and pleasing effect. Also, more of the dress is visible, which is a bonus.

Another thing I like to do is revealing parts of the dress by the neckline or at the sleeves. Or both. It gives you a more consistent look and shows you’re actually wearing a dress and not a skirt underneath. So, roll up those sweater sleeves or wear something with a wide neckline.

Chunky knit over a maxi dress with Celine Box bag.

Chunky knit over a maxi dress with Celine Box bag.

Chunky knit over a maxi dress with Celine Box bag.

Earthy color palette and mixed print

Every fall I’m naturally drawn to wearing more earthy tones. Shades of beige, camel and brown are a favorite. And red of course, my all-time favorite color, especially in Bordeaux and rusty tones.

No wonder I immediately fell in love with this Zara dress! It has it all: beautiful floral print in beige, brown and rusty red tones, pretty lace details and a flattering fit.

Lately, I’ve also become a bigger fan of mixing prints. This has been a bit scary earlier. But since leopard print once again has become a huge trend (yay!), I dared to mix this with other prints and it works well, especially when it’s in the same color palette. So I added a cozy loop scarf in leopard print since it was a bit chilly this day.

And let’s not forget the bag. My Celine classic Box has the perfect shade of “fall brown”. I use it all year, but there’s something about it that makes me love it even more during fall. Also, I love its versatility. Roomy enough to fit my essentials and the crossbody option is a huge bonus.

Since there’s a lot going on with the dress, scarf and accessories, I toned it down with a black headpiece and black booties. The cowboy boots trend is huge this season, and so are sailor/newsboy hats. Again, comfy is key!

Keep on scrolling to read more of why I love these pieces and links to where to find most of them.

Chunky knit over a maxi dress with Celine Box bag.

Chunky knit over a maxi dress with Celine Box bag.

Chunky knit over a maxi dress with Celine Box bag.

Outfit details

Maxi dress: Zara – this is one of my favorite dresses this season. If you’re looking for a flattering maxi dress in earthy fall tones, then run, don’t walk!

Knit sweater: Zara – love this sweater so much that I also got it in cream white and black.

Sailor hat: Zara – love this black tweed version, very Chanel-ish.

Scarf: By Malene Birger – such a cozy and warm leopard loop scarf. Unfortunately, I can’t find it online, but here’s a great alternative.

Bag: Celine, here’s a black version – please Hedi Slimane, you already removed the accent on the “E”, please don’t remove the Classic Box bag as well.

Booties: Sam Edelman – hands down, the most perfect and price friendly cowboy style booties out there. Super versatile and so comfy to wear.

Ring on the index finger: EF collection – I’ve got a thing for wearing rings on the index fingers lately, and this is the perfect eternity diamond ring. Dainty and pretty alone or great for stacking.

Bracelets: Vita Fede and Dior

Brooch: Chanel, alternative version here.

Pin: October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so I’m wearing the official Norwegian 2018 pink ribbon.

 Chunky knit over a maxi dress with Celine Box bag. Chunky knit over a maxi dress with Celine Box bag.

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