When the temperature drops–and it is suddenly frigid cold in New York City–but we still find ourselves having to attend functions (as opposed to curling up next to the radiator and sobbing for human-friendly climates of days past), the smart ones among us start thinking about sweater dresses. This so-called cardigan dress is an unusual spin on the classic piece, and unfortunately, one you’ll have to layer thanks to the deep-V and thinner material.

However, find a simple neutral-colored tank dress to toss underneath it, add a pair of black tights (or two pairs, as the temperature dictates) and you’ve got yourself a slam-dunk cold weather look for going out. Just don’t forgot your jacket. And scarf. And gloves.

Splendid Cotton-blend cardigan dress, $56.70, Net-a-Porter