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How to Wear a Sweater Dress

by Shanae Kidd on February 15, 2022

If there’s a clothing piece that perfectly balances elegance and comfort in fall and winter, it’s the sweater dress. It’s a cold-weather basic you can style or pair with different fashion items. But since the combination possibilities are endless, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Don’t fret, boo, because we’ve got your back! Here are several ways to wear your new sweater dress:

  • Wear it with tights and heels
  • Dark-colored tights are a good match for sweater dresses because they can give you some extra warmth and help your legs look leaner or longer. These tights can also add a touch of sophistication to your outfit, especially if you’re wearing a shorter sweater dress. Choose a pair of black or any dark-colored or even interestingly colorful heels to complete your look.

  • Strut it with boots
  • Pairing a sweater dress with a good pair of boots is a sure way to achieve a chic look during the cold months. Go for combat boots to create a fresh, cool, and youthful ensemble. If you want to experiment and attain the ultimate fashion-forward look, wear a unique pair of tweed boots. Don’t forget that sweater dresses paired with heeled boots work so well, too! 

  • Pair your sweater dress with strappy heels
  • Heading out to a more formal event in the fall? Go for a sweater-dress-and-strappy-heels combo. These heels are minimalist and stylish, making your outfit dressier. They can also help tone down your look, especially if you’re wearing a sweater dress with long, puffy sleeves. Got black strappy heels? You’re in luck because they work with any sweater dress. 

  • Layer it with a denim jacket
  • Layering an item over a sweater dress helps create a nice, casual look. You can choose a denim jacket as it’s an easy piece to pair with, and it flatters women of all sizes and ages. Plus, denim jackets never run out of style—no matter the season. Pick a cropped denim jacket to go with your sweater dress for a cleaner look. But if you want to have a more casual appearance, find a slightly longer denim jacket. 

  • Wear it with a trench coat
  • Trench coats are a winter wardrobe staple as they are stylish and functional. You can layer them over warmer pieces. You can also wear it with a sweater dress. The trench coat helps elevate your look; you can have an ensemble that easily transitions from day to evening. You can complete the look with a pair of boots or heels. 

  • Style it with a long cardigan
  • With a long cardigan over your sweater dress, you can achieve a cozy yet stylish outfit. You can add a belt to cinch your waist or leave the cardigan looking flowy. Adding a statement necklace works well, too. Then, wear a pair of solid-colored stilettos to finish this chic look.

  • Grab a leather jacket
  • You can pretty much pair a leather jacket with anything, but it looks more stunning over something knit or fuzzy. So if you have it in your wardrobe, try to put it over a sweater dress. You’ll achieve a kind of street-style look. And if your dress is on the shorter side, you can always add a pair of tights or leggings to add warmth to your fashion ensemble.

  • Match a sweater dress with sneakers
  • For some ladies, a great sweater dress is casual and oversized. If you like wearing a maxi-length sweater dress and want another footwear option than boots, match it with a cool pair of sneakers. You can even add a crossbody bag or fanny pack for a more casual look.

  • Pair it with a vintage belt and over-the-knee boots
  • Ribbed turtleneck sweater dresses look classy when worn with a vintage belt and over-the-knee boots. The belt can also give your a more refined silhouette. Not into belts but still like a little waist definition? Purchase a sweater dress with a built-in tie or drawstring to accentuate your waist. Check out The Blake Dress from our collection—it’s perfect for you!

  • Create contrast with accessories
  • When picking accessories for your sweater dress, you don’t always have to go for items with colors similar to your dress. You can select a separate color scheme to add a bit of contrast. For instance, a black sweater dress would look stunning when paired with a handbag, jewelry, and boots in nude colors. That’ll keep your finished ensemble from looking too busy. 

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