Many people hesitate to wear dresses during the winter because it’s so cold. While this is understandable, don’t discount the coziness of a sweater dress and the right winter accessories. These dresses are so versatile and can be worn from the fall until the early spring. If you’re looking for a casual dress to wear on the weekend or something professional for the office, look no further than that trusty sweater dress hanging in your closet. Here are some tips for rocking it like a runway model:
Wear slim bottoms
If it’s blustery outside, the last thing to do is go outside with bare legs. Luckily, sweater dresses are perfect to improvise with! If your dress is short – hitting above your knee – you can actually wear jeans with it, as long as they’re tapered. Opt for a pair of skinny dress pants or ankle-length jeans. Leggings and opaque tights are also great options for this time of year, and can fit into your riding boots for a polished look, or wedge ankle boots for something a little dressier.
If you live in an area without frigid winters, just a brisk fall breeze, you don’t have to wear bottoms with your sweater dresses at all, when the dress is long enough to wear appropriately. Try pairing this look with tall socks and leather riding boots that match your hobo bag for an outfit that’s laid back and put together at the same time. For something more casual, wear a pair of matching sneakers or ankle boots with bare legs. This is one of the most comfortable outfits you could put together!
Some sweater dresses are more fitted than others. If you prefer a looser fit, but don’t want to appear shapeless, you can cinch the waist and highlight that hourglass figure with a belt or a flannel tied around your waist. For a boho look, try a Western-style or fringe belt, but for something preppier, a thin leather belt is always a classic option, as is a stretchy wide belt. This look is fashion function at its finest!
If you opt for a long sweater dress that hits between your knees and ankles, you may be concerned that there’s nothing to break up the single color of the dress. If the dress is a chunky knit material, a blazer is likely out of the question, so you’ll need to separate that color in a more practical way. While a belt is certainly an option with this look as well, step it up a notch with a large fashion necklace or a scarf. Just don’t opt for a knit scarf, or that’ll be too much of the same material. Wear a pair of strappy high heels with a long sweater dress as well, to elongate your legs.