“Dress”ing for Sweater Weather

Quite possibly one of the biggest knit trends this Fall is the return of the Sweater Dress. So many shapes and sizes, they seem to be everywhere. Wondering why so many are swooning over the sweater? For starters, it’s an easy slip-on, one-and-done garment that gets you out the door in almost no time. You can dress it up or down with just a few quick accessories. Last but not least? It wraps you in layers of warm and cozy…no matter how much of a frozen tundra your office, dorm or classroom may be (take that, building-controlled HVAC!).

So what are some of the must-have silhouettes this season? Let’s have a look, along with some styling tips and inspiration shall we?

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HUNKY CHUNKY KNITS

TOPSHOP, Turtleneck Sweater Dress $36.97

Well it wouldn’t be a sweater dress article if we didn’t start with the one-and-only, the chunky knit! It’s the ultimate slouchy one & done. Sure, this garment is pretty great as is, but if you’re looking to take things to next level, consider these additions…

Love the look of a crisp, white shirt under a chunky sweater? Why not emulate that look by adding a cotton shirtdress underneath your chunky knit sweater dress? We like this one we found at Everlane for a cool $80. Speaking of cool, adding these clean silver earrings by UNO de50 will give your lobes some added interest for $85. Finish the look with some kickin’ booties, like these from Kolby by 42 Gold. The mixed leather has a fantastic texture, and the thick heels will give you plenty of support for $74.98.

 

Shein, Colorblock + Leopard Panel Sweater Dress Plus $24.00

Next up, and talk about tons of visual interest! We’re loving the collab of bright pink meets animal print in this crew neck knit sweater dress. Here’s our take on accessorizing this colorful number…

With so much good stuff going on in the dress, it’s smart to skew your accessories more neutral. But that’s not to say boring! The eye-catching texture of these Cole Haan Suede Booties ($99.99) look great with a solid pair of cropped leggings, like these from Love, Fire ($21.97). And in case you were unaware, pearls are pretty much ruling the fall jewelry trends this year, so snap up a pair like these from Boston Proper ($39.50).

 

SHOW SOME LEG

Bailey 44, Lenna Colorblock Sweater Dress $99.97

Yup, it’s true – this season the sweater dress is getting leggy! As in, showing some thigh slit. This red color blocking beauty immediately draws the eye up but that daring little thigh slit adds a whole lot of sexy below. There are a ton of options on how to style this dress, but here’s our take on turning this into your favorite office power look..

Bring your A game to the office with a few high value items, like the Gucci Black & Red Web Belt ($450) and Fendi’s Stainless Steel Diamond Bracelet Watch ($489.97). Add a statement necklace, like the Pisa from Baublebar ($48) and finish things off with these suave suede booties by Joie ($189.99)

 

Slit Front Solid Dress Plus $28.00

Everyone loves a good LBD so why not winterize it with a LBSD? Here again, the thigh slit keeps things visually interesting, along with some on-trend puff sleeves. Here’s how we’d accessorize this one…

We start with another fun way to style up a sweater dress, i.e. an equally lovely looking scarf. In this case, a wool and silk blend by Burberry ($309.99) can be draped around the neck and then tucked in by a fun embellished belt, like this one by Leatherock ($129.50). Then we dip into this season’s equestrian boot trend with this gorgeous cognac-colored fellow by Sam Edelman ($109.97). Lastly, give your lobes a little love with these Kenyan made Cowhorn & Brass Earrings from Karen Kane ($39).

 

ACCENT ON THE SLEEVE

1901, Striped Sleeve Fit & Flare Dress $49.97

Whether it’s puffy, flowy, batwing or balloon, sleeve detailing is big this year and definitely so with sweater dresses. This stripey number by 1901 shows how a little puffery in the sleeves can give some girlish charm, even with the masculine vibe of the stripes. We are falling hard for this delightful frock and as for styling, here’s our choice…

The crew neckline of our striped sweater dress is the perfect complement to this season’s statement collar. The button front lace one we found on SHEIN for $18.00 is a total steal. For jewelry, you can’t go wrong with turquoise and a statement sized signet ring. Get the earrings from Eye Candy LA for $39.99 and our choice of signet is a substantial 14K Italian Gold piece for $429.99. Our last piece is a real eye catcher from Aquatalia, the GraceLynn knee high boot in fab winter white for $625.

 

Notched Neck Cable Knit Sweater Dress $26.00

Gorgeous in green, this bishop-sleeved beauty has the coolest cable detailing. We love the “just right” amount of body-con silhouette that enhances an already fantastic hourglass figure. How would we accessorize this? So glad you asked!

First off, how amazing are these Circus by Sam Edelman Ankle Buckle Booties with that green dress? Are they not fantastic? Best part, they’re only $45 right now. Keep the textures going with a playful Leopard print pattern by BCBG for $17.97. For jewelry, green and gold is a standard classic, but there is nothing ho-hum about these pieces. Gold ball bearings give these teardrop hoops a 2020 vibe. You can get them right now on Belk for $3.00 (they’re on clearance!) and that Alex and Ani ‘Fearless’ Ring is really speaking to us. 14K Gold and you can have it for $36.

We hope you liked our styling piece and really hope you give this season’s sweater dress a try in your wardrobe this Fall!

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