Don't let it fool you! I am not wearing a sweater over a shirt dress, this is a one-piece dress! I love layering but sometimes the pieces just don't sit right... the dolman sleeves of a shirt bunch up in the arms underneath a sweater or the collar doesn't pop over the sweater like I had envisioned. This dress is awesome because it gives the illusion of two pieces layering without the discomfort one might encounter with layering. Definitely a win win situation! The best part of this outfit though is that my clutch matches the knit oh-so-perfectly! If they aren't match made in heaven, I don't know what is!