Shivering yet? Aw c’mon now. We don’t just take winter in stride, we take it in stylish stride. Enter: The Sweater Dress. It’s that one cozy piece of clothing we wait 2.5 seasons (FYI, until now, we’ve been dealing with a few hot flashes) to excitedly make our winter uniform. Well, now we declare it cold enough.

Didn’t you know? Your sweater dress will take you from day to dinner to a night out. All you need is a switch-up of a few accessories and you’ll find yourself both toasty and chic. Does it sound too easy? It is. There are endless styles of sweater dresses but the great thing is you don’t need a ‘hmmmm…does it suit me?’ tutorial like you do for jeans. With this fabulous staple, it’s all about personal choice. What does get tricky is how to get the most out of your wonder-dress, so let’s get started.


1. Get Layering

We’re going beyond the typical scarves and jackets and kicking the sweater dress into the next level of sophistication. Add some sass to your outfit by choosing a slightly oversized asymmetrical look and wear it over skinny jeans or leather leggings, with a fitted turtleneck underneath. Slip on some heels and drop earrings and go get your cocktail on.

How to Wear the Sweater Dress

2. Bring the Bling

The sweater dress is essentially the warmer version of your little black dress, which means it’s a blank canvas just waiting for your artistic touch. Be careful not to make yourself look like a Christmas tree, but do add some sparkle for effect. Just by accessorizing with studs, a jewelled bracelet and a chain necklace, you’ll be ready to rock any soiree in style.

How to Wear the Sweater Dress


3. Keep it Simple

Not into all the extras? No problem. Sometimes the simplest of outfits make the biggest statements. Opt for a chunky knit or turtleneck style sweater dress and pair it with your fav boots—rider, thigh-high, high heeled, or even this season’s ‘it’ block heels. For just a hint of trend, slip on a pair of 2-tone or patterned stockings. Top with a structured coat and call it a day.

How to Wear the Sweater Dress

4. Go Brazen

Fashion is all about taking risks and the sweater dress lets you do just that without launching you out of your comfort zone. Go for one with a flared skirt and cinch your waist with a cool belt to create the illusion of curves. Or go for a ribbed sleeveless dress you can top with a blazer or leather jacket. Not fan of accessories but need a little je-ne-sais-quoi? Go bold with a print, like argyle or plaid.

How to Wear the Sweater Dress


5. Stay Professional

Tired of wearing your usual blouse and slacks uniform? We don’t blame you. It’s blah. Give your work attire a rest and try a solid colour sweater dress instead. Make the look professional by by layering it on top of a dress shirt, or adding a fitted blazer. Finish with black tights and your fav pumps.




Have you fallen in love with sweater dresses yet?


About the author

Despina Danishwar

Media and fashion have both always been present in my life, and I'm extremely fortunate to have worked in both industries. I've gone from Technical Director to Wardrobe Consultant at The Weather Network and a buyer's assistant at TJX Canada. I'm currently in my happy median...Public Relations. I'm happy to also be called a wife and mommy to two little divas

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