Sweater dresses – they’re the perfect wardrobe staple for Fall and Winter. What’s not to love? They’re comfortable, they’re warm, and they’re flattering. They also prove that cold weather doesn’t have to inhibit your fashion-sense.
In fact, some of the chicest outfits are actually born from the need to keep warm, giving style-conscious women the opportunity to use one of their favorite styling tricks: layering and accessorizing! That’s right: layering and accessorizing is the secret to effortlessly styling your sweater dresses this Fall and Winter. When executed correctly, layering can make a woman look chic, elegant, and glamorous. Unfortunately, layering can also make you look messy and frumpy if you don’t take the time to do it right. This is why the sweater dress is so crucial to building a flattering Fall and Winter wardrobe. If you’re looking to stay warm, but still want to look put-together, read on for tips on how to style this indispensable closet staple!
1. Layer Your Winter Coat Over A Sweater Dress
Are you wondering why the sweater dress is such an integral part of building a seamless Winter wardrobe? Well, I’m here to tell you that it’s all about the fit. One of the best qualities of the sweater dress is that it’s fitted to hug your body. This means that it will lay perfectly flat under a coat like this Double Breasted Trench Coat , or other pieces of outerwear, without making your outfit look bulky or ill-fitted. Instead, you’ll look polished, no matter how low the temperature gets. If you’re looking for added warmth, simply layer your Winter coat over your dress, and pair it with opaque tights and knee-high boots. Remember to throw on a scarf, pair of gloves, and a hat, and you’ll be ready in no time at all.
2. Style Sweater Dresses with Casual Shoes
Are you a shoe fanatic? You’re in luck! Another admirable quality of the sweater dress is that it goes with any type of shoe, even casual styles. In fact, some of the best sweater-dress outfits I’ve seen have been paired with flats or simple canvas shoes, which is an excellent option for casual ensembles. If you’re in need of a relaxed outfit, simply add some cool shades and a cross-over bag with your canvas shoes, and you’ll be set for a fun-filled day around town.
Do you prefer a more dressed-up look? Try pairing it with another Fall and Winter staple: ankle boots! Ankle boots like the Jessica Simpson Ankle Bootiecan give your outfit a polished look with minimal effort, and who doesn’t love that? Top it all off with a fitted blazer and a scarf, and you’ll be ready for a day at the office, or a brunch date with your friends!
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3. Give Sweater Dresses Edge with Outerwear
Let’s face it: harsh Winter days sometimes leave us wishing we could stay in bed all day in our favorite pajamas. The thought of pulling together a nice outfit on cold days is not always appealing. This is where your favorite outerwear comes in to save the day. Outerwear can be the easiest way to top off your look, especially if you’re having a lazy day and can’t be bothered with extra details.
For a quick outfit, decide on the look you’re going for, and then pick a corresponding outerwear piece. For example, if you want an edgy outfit that matches your rebel-without-a-cause mood, try throwing a faux-leather bomber jacket over your dress; finish off the look with ankle boots and a burgundy lip. Or, if you want to add personality to a basic, solid-color knit dress, throw on a black embroidered jacket like the one below from Lotus York boutique, and let it do all the styling work for you.
4. Add Statement Heels And Jewelry For Sophistication
Are you looking for an easy and effortless outfit that you can wear on a night out with your love? Yes – you guessed it, wear that sweater dress!
If you’re headed to an evening event and you want to make an impression without sacrificing warmth and comfort, this wardrobe staple will serve you well because it will flatter your figure while keeping you cozy. All you have to do is slip on your dress, add a few fine jewelry pieces and an elegant Clutch Handbag, and you’ve got yourself the perfect evening ensemble.
Also, if the event is being held indoors, you can get away with wearing an open-toe heel during the Winter months. Otherwise, stick to a kitten heel or pumps so that your toes don’t run the risk of getting frostbite! For inspiration, take a look at the photo below to see how her outfit was elevated with statement heels like this FSJ Sexy Gladiator Stiletto:
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Remember, sweater dresses can be dressed up or down, and can work exceptionally well for both casual or professional outfits. If you work in an office environment, don’t be afraid to wear something like this black long sleeve dress to your next business meeting. All you’ll need is the right shoes like the Jessica Simpson Dress Pump ,or these Summerwhisper Stiletto Knee High Boots to make you look both chic and professional. Throw on solid-color tights, and put your best foot forward around your colleagues!
Now that you’ve learned how versatile a simple sweater dress can be, you can apply these tips to your everyday Winter outfits. The key thing to remember is that you can dress this wardrobe staple up or down, and you can make it work for you on the coldest days of the year by layering it under tights or leggings and a heavy coat. For the fashionista who loves a good investment, this wardrobe staple definitely proves its value on days where easy and effortless styling is a non-negotiable!