10.22.2009

Thrifty Thursday: Joie Kaydence Cowl Neck Dress for Less

I’ll tell you something right now darlings; a few years ago I wouldn’t be caught dead in a cowl neck anything. After a horrifying experience in a Target dressing room at the age of sixteen involving a cream-colored cowl neck sweater which made me look, to put it kindly, as if I had a second neck, despite my petite size, I swore the monstrosities off. In fact, up until a few weeks ago I viewed cowl necks as hideous garments crafted only with the tall drinks of water strutting up and down the catwalk in mind; until I slipped one over my head and promptly fell in love.

Perhaps it’s my body that changed in a way in which such accoutrements now look fashionable when draped about me; but more likely it has to do with the sheer fact that the top I tried on all those years ago was simply not fit for a human form. The cowls being created today, however, most certainly are; thus the reason why I currently have my eye on Joie’s Kaydence Cowl Neck Knit Dress.

There is no more exquisitely seductive form of fall fashion than a sweater dress. Worn with bare legs or tights, boots or ballerinas it’s a heavenly helping of haute couture that is equal parts cozy and chic; therefore I won’t allow your closet to be naked without at least one draped over a hanger within. Joie’s offering, of course, is too fabulous to pass up. Cashmere and wool mingle side by side in the crème de la crème of slouchy knit frocks; the drapey ribbed cowl neck adding a splash of volume for that extra bit of oomph we all hungrily seek out yet far too often are unable to find. Of course, now that I’ve found it; well, sadly, I can’t afford it.

I would need $232.90 to take home the luscious Light Heather Grey, or I could completely break the bank by dropping $348.00 for the classy Caviar. But no, I refuse to do either. As much as I adore the fine silhouettes created by Joie, I simply cannot go broke to quell my yearning for such sweatery splendor. That said; I won’t deprive myself of such decadence either, and I certainly don’t have to.

While lacking the cashmere crafting of Kaydence; Old Navy’s Cowl Neck Sweater Dress may just be the answer to my knit fantasies. At a mere $36.50 apiece, and available in scrummy colors such as Marshmallow White, Black Jack, and Plummy Mummy, the cotton and wool blend three-quarter sleeve lovely is precisely what my scant bank account ordered.

What’s your bank account telling you to do, kittens? Will you be a big spender with Kaydence, or play the role of the thrifty fashionista?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Shopbop and Old Navy for the pictures.


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52 comments

Rina said...

i prefer thrifty fashionista with these dresses! i like both, so why pay more... :) thank you for share!

Jacqueline said...

Love the gray cowl neck! It is gorgeous. Cowl necks can be a hit or miss for me depending on how they lay.

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The Pocket Stylist said...

Oh so comfy looking for the winter months ahead,

Keith said...

I've actually only seen a few women wear anything like this. I do think you've got to have the right body to pull it off.

MelRoXx said...

great blog! x

kpeach said...

I'm torn by the cowl neck-I am not historically a fan-though these are cozy xx

jeannie said...

oooo, great find!! How perfect for those cool nights!

ONiC said...

idk why but i always think cowl neck is cute for everyone else but me.

Little Red said...

Love these dresses! I never used to be into the cowl necks either. But last winter I bought this lovely cowl neck sweater from H&M and that changed my mind.

As for these dresses... I'll be a thrifty fashionista this time! :)

Jaime said...

OMG I for sure what the ON one- what a deal :)

D. Marie said...

I love the white sweater dress! Ive seen pretty white coats but Im too afraid to buy them...white gets dirty!

...love Maegan said...

LOVE the first one.

Leah said...

I totally prefer the thrifty option. I saw a cowl neck sweater dress at Charlotte Russe and I think I'll order it now.

michelle_ said...

i just know that these are called cowl neck dresses . up to this point, i keep calling them "drop down turtle necks".. haha
thanks for the info. that should help cus pple are always confused when I say drop down turtlenecks :)
love the white one with the high boots much :D

ana said...

Definetely Old Navy!! and I prefer to wear it with boots just as in the second picture... its a lovely lovely dress!!!!

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

love the white sweater dress! and remember, never say never, darling! have a great day! xo

Couture Carrie said...

The Old Navy one looks so lush, darling!

xoxox,
CC

SimplyGrove said...

Looks so cozy, warm and chic! xx

Princess Liberty said...

Perfect dresses !

Savvy Gal said...

i didn't know i want these dress until now.

The Blonde Duck said...

I've never tried cowl necks. I just don't think I'm fasionable enough.

Tights Lover said...

Love the Cowl Necks. I guess you gotta go with Old Navy since you can get 10 for the price of one caviar Kaydence...hahaha.

meraldia said...

This is a great style! I like the first dress with the booties!

nookie said...

this time I'm thrifty:)

All Women Stalker said...

The white one looks better and has a better shape. :D

-meream

Jennifer Fabulous said...

I love these types of dresses. I think they are so sexy and comfortable! That white one is my favorite.

Elizabeth Marie said...

I love the ON one actually...I wish Cali weather would get the memo so we could start wearing some of this stuff!!

Stéphanie said...

That's lovely !

Diane said...

the old navy one is so cute!

myvogue said...

I love the white dress - it's beautiful!

Stephanie said...

These dresses are totally cute, and I would definitely go for the Old Navy one. By being a student, I never have to much extra money.

Sherin said...

Knot dresses look so great, especially with a belt around them. I'm definitely thrifty this week. $232 is just too much for something I'll onlt wear a few times.

The Pink Tutu said...

Yay for cowl necks! It's finally getting a little cooler in Florida. Thanks for your kind words about my grandpa. I appreciate it!

Laura Trevey said...

love the dresses with the tall boots...

MizzJ said...

They're both great, I'm torn! Are cowl-necks that hard to wear? I think the bigger, loopier ones are slightly easier. They are the more stylish alternative to turtlenecks for sure!

the NEO-traditionalist said...

I don't know that I could pull this off---your story from age 16 is a bit daunting---but you've convinced me to give it a try! They do look chic when one pulls them off!
XX Kate

Dina's Days said...

I'm always nervous to wear knit dresses, although I think they are adorable. I do like cowl necks, I just got a lovely cowl neck sweater from Forever 21.

Claire said...

Sweaterdresses are boss.

Personally I like the more expensive version here.. the way the hem ribbing clings to the just-above-the-knees in that slightly pumpkin-y shape..

Over two-hunnert dollars is too much though; I choose the third option! Online thrifting.

MAISON CHAPLIN said...

Two necks??! LOOOL

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Gabbi said...

What a gorgeous style of dress! Love them both... but yeah, Old Navy fits my budget a bit more!! :) Thank you for these great fashion alternatives...♥

jess said...

I like the white one best.
ps. homecoming was pretty fun

Emily said...

I used to not like these sweaters, but lately they have grown on me :)

Mimi said...

those dresses look so comfortable and chic! i would love them with a belt and boots!! :)

Taylor Sterling said...

I love these dresses! They work great with boots for fall and are so cozy! :)

Inspiration in Italy said...

Love this look!

Sam said...

Yes the cowl really seems to be one of the things to have for your Northern Hemisphere winter - I kinda like them too!

Sarah said...

Just stumbled across your blog! I Love it! Your 'about me' section was like reading about myself!
Sarah xxx

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AudreyAllure said...

i do like the cowl neck look, i've actually been searching for just a cowl neck sweater, but the dress looks cute too!

beckyxoxo said...

i don't have any neck dress . i think it's an interesting stuff :D oh and 300 is just so expensive . i'm glad you didn't buy it !

have a nice weekend dear !

daisychain said...

I love the look of cowl necks, but wearing them irritates me no end!

Couture Cookie said...

Call me crazy, but I strongly prefer the Old Navy dress over the more expensive option! I have a love-hate relationship with cowl necks... they have some potential, but I always find myself wishing the neck looked different, whenever I try to wear one.

Have a great weekend! :)

Kristin said...

I NEED that dress. With my vintage rust suede knee high boots, it would be so gorg! Fabulous find as always.

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