For someone who spent the majority of her childhood lamenting having to wear a tunic to school every day (ah, the uniform years), I have a strange affinity for jumper dresses. Call them pinafores or overalls, apron dresses or jumpers, the style has a schoolgirl-ish charm that’s significantly more appealing now that I’m well beyond my actual schoolgirl days.
Much of the appeal comes from the layering possibilities: It looks just as great paired with a white tee or bra top in the summer as it does with a turtleneck or contrasting button-down come fall. It’s also an unexpectedly great way to wear that off-the-shoulder top you’ve undoubtedly been enticed into buying this season.
Ahead, see 15 ways to rock the look IRL as a grown-up, and shop affordable picks in denim, suede, and more.