Sweater Dress

"Update Your Winter Wardrobe with this Cute and Popular Dress Style"


The thing I love about sweater dresses is that they're so flippin' cute! I have to admit that I often can't stop looking at women who wear these trendy long sweaters. It's a gorgeous look.

Purple sweater dress
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They're are available in various styles so it's up to you what type of statement you want to create. You can go black from top to toe for a sleek and sophisticated look, or create a casual outfit with an oversized boho sweater and wide belt around the middle.

One common benefit with a long dress is that you can put them on and look stylish everywhere, whether it be at work, school, going shopping, on a date, etc. And the huge plus is definitely the hosiery-thing (fashion tights are super-hot for Fall/Winter) combined with trendy boots. Love, love, love it!

This page will give you all the details and tips on how to pick the right style and how to create different outfits with a long dress:

How to Look Chic in a Sweater Dress

Flatter your body shape

Grey babydoll sweater dress
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This is the number 1 crucial factor to looking fab in a sweater dress. Determine your body shape and decide what cut, design and length will bring out the best in your figure and minimize the parts you don't like.

Like for example if your bottom is fuller compared to your upper half then you should go for dresses with details that visually widen or draws the eye up from your curves - however you can also fix it by adding a pair of sassy chandelier earrings or/and putting on some red lipstick.

The point here is to balance out your body shape, to create a streamlined silhouette.

    Mini notebook icon Tip: The best sweater dress styles that make you look taller and leaner are the ones with details that make the eye go up and down, instead of left to right. So invest in cowl necks and v-necks.

The right length

The ideal length is above the knee to show more leg and help you look lean. It's also chic, and looks less frumpy. You won't find many long sweaters at calf length, but if you do then avoid them if you're petite (5'4" or shorter) because they swamp you up and look shorter and wider. Stick to anything above your knee.

What about details and prints?

Brown cropped sweater dress
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I find solid sweater dresses the most stylish because they're so versatile and leave room for my scarves and other accessories. However, there there are some prints and details that work but they need to be neutral and placed on the right places of the body to maintain a proportional silhouette.

Petites have less canvas to work on and can easily look swamped with prints and details - however if you can find a long sweater with vertical shaped interest (helps draw the eye up and down) then feel free to experiment with it. Think pleats, subtle knit rib texture, zipper details, and so on.

    Mini notebook icon Tip: If you want to down-play your height or just want to add a little curves, then you're more free to experiment with rounded prints and necklines.


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Chic Ways to Wear a Sweater Dress

Now that you know what to look for, here are some tips on how to wear long sweaters:

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Office Work Outfit

Outfit icon Create a monochromatic outfit with black tights, black high heel pumps or boots and add a little twist with a nice leather skinny belt around waist. If your work setting is more on the formal side then make sure the fabric is thin and not chunky for a sleek and appropriate look. Also wear it to casual cocktail evenings - just make sure to throw in a couple of sparkly jewelry and a pair of sky-high pumps for a glamorous ensemble.

Party Outfit

Outfit icon Cotton long dress with slouchy neck or sleeves is a nice pick to wear for parties or for your weekend casual wear. To create a trendy clubbing look - pair it with sexy shiny liquid leggings or lace tights and gladiator shoes with heels.

Everyday Outfit

Outfit icon All styles work here. I personally like the ones with a collar shawl and ribbed knit texture. Of course, if you want to expand your style envelope, you could try a striped dress (just make sure you have the figure to wear. Most petites and plus size womens look frumpy in it). Avoid looking boxy in a sweater dress by wrapping a wide or skinny belt around the middle for more definition to your body. It looks really cozy with boots and sexy with gladiator shoes with heels.

What Bottom to Wear with a Long Sweater?

What to pair with a sweater dress


Another thing you should have in mind is how to select the right bottom with the dress. Leggings and tights in solid neutrals are ideal and leave room for your accessories.

Sheer nude or black look fantastic with a formal long sweater.

You can also go bare if the weather allows it - and cover up your legs with slouchy knee boots.

    Mini notebook icon Tip: Wearing a plain sweater dress? Then go crazy on the tights with different textures and patterns, like for example black wet look leggings, striped, polkadotted or bright-colored tights, knee high socks etc. Have fun!

If the dress is very short then it works more like a tunic top, so pair it with either skinny/straight jeans or leggings.


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Now let's move on to my favorite part - shopping for sweater dresses!

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I personally find the selection of long sweaters at AmiClubwear quite good and varied, but you have to skim through many outrageously sexy clothes to find the perfect one!
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