Updated Feb. 1, 2008 - Knit dressing is one of the warmest trends this season. Knit items cover legs, heads and handbags. In fact, some retailers are marrying shoes with leg warmers to create a kind of sweater boot. But, if you’re going to make a sweater investment, make it a smart one, and make that the sweater dress. Frocks like these are just too sweet to pass up. They’re so cozy and so chic. Plus, a sweater dress is a simple outfit that only needs a few small changes to turn the look from work-related to evening-ready. It’s a no-brainer, and when you’re short on time, that’s exactly what you need. You just slip one on and go!
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There are many shapes and styles of sweater dresses, so there’s truly something for everyone this season, no matter what your budget or body type. “What’s good is there are so many different silhouettes,” says Lucky fashion director Hope Greenberg. “And you don’t have to be six feet tall and a model to wear them all.” For the curvier woman, try something less clingy and add leggings for extra coverage.
For a sweater dress that hits the knee, pair with leggings and ankle boots. If it’s a little more daring and falls above the knee, rock it with dark tights and high boots for a very chic update. Whether you slip them over opaque tights or skinny jeans, avoid the bulky styles and opt for softer and finer fibers. Wear a black tank under the big knit sweaters to ensure nothing gets more exposure than anticipated.
You can’t go wrong with this look. Anything goes! All you have to do is wrap yourself around the sweater dress, and you can create your whole outfit around it, for any occasion. A black sweater dress over a feminine blouse and wide-legged trousers is perfect for the office, and with a quick change for dinner, lose the jeans and wear the dress as an outfit, and add red heels or fierce boots for a night out on the town. For the weekend, add a pop of color with a pair of pretty flats.
You can also create a shape for yourself by wearing a wide leather or suede belt at the waist. Accessorizing with long necklaces or shiny bangles looks wonderful too. Ultimately, it’s an expressive piece and completely up to your interpretation.