Truth is, I wear dresses throughout the early fall, spring, and summer. Shorts have their place, but I love the floaty ease of a dress rather than a skirt (one piece is simpler than two).
Plus I credit this next element to my Canadian upbringing: I'm often too hot in the States. Where are those triple-minus wild-chills or a lovely ocean breeze to cool the soul? As I've said before, I don't even own proper snow boots.
But cool temperatures do envelop even this frosty Canuck, and for the last couple of weeks I've broken out my trousers. My favourite look is a cropped skinny pant with some sort of generous apres-ski sweater. J Crew made my beloved cashmere striped turtleneck last year, with just the right amount of drape, which I bought in two colourways (and I'm browsing eBay for a third).
This year I've been coveting the sweater above. It doesn't have a demi-fitted silhouette, which makes me pause a tad (would it be a beautiful jade sack on?), but it holds promise. Soon that same person will be asking me whatever happened to those dresses.