Sweater dresses are what I consider to be a great staple fall wardrobe piece for your closet. They’re basically like a warm hug in clothing form because they’re cozy, comfortable and easy to style. I also love that you can dress them up or down and wear them for multiple occasions. I’m sharing a fall sweater dress roundup to help you choose the perfect one for your personal style.
Fall Sweater Dress Roundup
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This collage has a few of my favorite sweater dresses. The top row are more casual options. This season, we’re seeing a lot of sweater vest mini dresses. You can wear them over a long sleeve shirt or turtleneck for added warmth and pair with faux suede leggings. Another way to style them is to wear them over a long cotton shirt. Finish either look with mules for a cute fall workwear outfit.
The bottom row of the collage features dressier sweater dresses that can be worn to work, bridal or baby showers, out to dinner or to a dress rehearsal. This dress from Express has an asymmetrical hem, which is a trendy feature that looks great with knee-high boots. The dress comes in several other color options too.
Anything with pleats always catches my eye, and this is one of the only sweater dresses I’ve seen with that specific detail. Though the pleats are gorgeous, the back has a small oval cutout that’s stunning. This is definitely a “wow factor dress” that would be perfect to wear to a winter wedding.
Easy-to-Style Sweater Dresses
Sweater dresses are a no-fuss clothing item. They don’t require much thought for styling, and they’re wearable on their own without having to layer or style other pieces with it. Casual sweater dresses are perfect to wear to run errands, fall parties and out to lunch with friends. You can pair them with sneakers, mules, booties, boots – you name it. Just add some shoes and simple jewelry, and you’re good to go.
What makes sweater dresses casual or dressy is the silhouette of the dress and the type of detailing. This sweater dress above has beautiful cable detail along the front of the dress. It should hit above the knee for an effortlessly chic look. Cable knit is typically a more casual pattern, but that’s not to say you can’t dress it up a bit with knee-high boots like I did in the above picture.
Most sweater dresses are also bump-friendly because of the stretchy material they’re generally made of. So you don’t necessarily have to buy a “maternity” dress to wear a sweater dress. Just size up one if you’re further along and need a little extra room.
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Adding Layers to Sweater Dresses
I mentioned before that sweater dresses are just fine worn alone. But if you want to add another layer for warmth or to add a fun pattern to your look, then by all means add a jacket, ruana or a blazer to jazz it up. I paired a warm-colored ruana to this sage green sweater dress. This would be the perfect outfit to wear to a winery throughout the fall months.
Another option would be to tie a shacket or flannel shirt around your waist to break up the sweater dress a bit. You could also wear a belt around your natural waistline to give the outfit a more fitted look and feel.
Dress Up a Sweater Dress
Whether you’re headed to work or going out for the night, sweater dresses are a great option for both. Take this sweater dress in the above picture, for example. Simply add a boyfriend blazer and pumps for the perfect workwear look. Or for a dinner out with friends, add a faux suede or faux leather moto jacket to the look. Done and done!
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Do you have a sweater dress in your closet? Let me know in the comments below!