A sweater dress is essentially your favorite sweater, but longer, so it can be worn as a dress. Sweater dresses come in many different styles, knits, and materials. Some are lightweight and form fitting, while others are chunky with more forgiving silhouettes. You can find sweater dresses in acrylic, cotton, wool, cashmere, and cozy blends.
Most sweater dresses are made for colder weather and climates, though there are some lightweight knits made into sweater dresses for spring and summer. Sweater weather and sweater dress weather are pretty much the same. So if the season calls for a thick wool sweater, then a warm sweater dress is also appropriate. If it’s warmer out and a lightweight sweater will do, then a seasonally appropriate sweater dress could work as well.
The “sweater” really just defines the material, not the style—it’s possible to find sweater dresses in almost every imaginable silhouette. Fit and flare sweater dresses are popular, as are shift sweater dresses. You can even sport the body-con look in a sweater dress. When it’s cold and snowy, an oh-so-cozy oversized sweater dress is the ticket! Look for different necklines when selecting a sweater dress—crewneck, V-neck, turtleneck, zip-neck, and the trendy cowl neck are all great options. Also, check out different lengths. While most sweater dresses hit above the knee, you can also find midi and maxi hemlines.
Sweater dresses are fun and cozy, and so are the corresponding accessories. In cold weather, complete your sweater dress outfit with tights or leggings, boots, and a saddle bag. For a more elevated look at the office or a holiday party, pair your sweater dress with pumps and a satchel.