8 Ways to Wear a Sweater Dress

Sweater dresses are very versatile winter wardrobe essentials. They are one of my favorite pieces of clothing to wear during the colder months and I can be seen both at home as well as outdoors sporting a cozy sweater dress.

Nowadays, sweater dresses come in a wide range of colors and lengths, aimed at accommodating all demographics and body types.

A sweater dress is also one of the easiest pieces of clothing to style and a great option to go with if you feel like you have nothing to wear during the winter months. You could dress it up to wear for date night or dress it down to create a casual sweater dress outfit.

Regardless of your body type, there is a sweater dress out there with your name on it and I’m about to show you why in this blog post.

I would like to start off by sharing some great options of sweater dresses in case you’re on the hunt for a new one. These come highly reviewed as usual and would be a great addition to any wardrobe.

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– Banana Republic currently has this chunky cable knit sweater dress which would be perfect to pair with knee boots. Due to its thickness, I would suggest not pairing it with a leather jacket but rather opting for a long line coat or jacket.

Minimal accessories are also recommended as you would not want any jewelry to get caught in the fabric. You would be serving a chic look while staying nice and warm.

– If you’re looking for a casual option for a sweater dress, I would recommend this oversized mini sweater dress from Boohoo. It could easily be paired with combat boots during the Fall months or with a pair of white sneakers in the Spring.

It would also be a great option to go with if you’re looking to look cute while staying at home. I cover this more in my post on outfits to wear at home.

– A sexy sweater dress is a great way to get dressed up for a night out and this cut out one from Nordstrom is perfect for this. You could dress it up with strappy heels or heeled ankle booties for chic sweater dress look.

Don’t forget the gold earrings and shiny clutch to complete your look. Who says long sleeves can’t be sexy?

– If you’re not one to shy away from prints and wish to incorporate them into your cold weather looks, this midi sweater dress from Lulus is the perfect way to do so. The long sleeves and turtle neck add some extra warmth while the light color and fun print keep things fun and interesting.

Now that I’ve given you some great options for wear you can shop for cute and cozy sweater dresses, let’s talk about the different sweater dress outfit ideas you should keep as a style guide. We would be covering different lengths as well as colors of sweater dresses and pairing them with different types f footwear and outerwear. Get ready to take your sweater dress look up a notch!

1) Sweater dress with ankle boots

Both longer and shorter sweater dresses can be paired with ankle boots during the colder months. I recommend playing around with different colors of sweater dresses while keeping your ankle boots a neutral color. This makes sense because you want your boots to be able to be worn with different colors of dresses.

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You could pair a midi dress with a pair of plain black ankle boots for a cozy look you could wear to the office and happy hour right after. Feel free to add a trench coat to your outfit to really elevate your overall look. If your dress has short sleeves, you could opt for a black leather jacket instead.

2) Midi sweater dress with heels

If you’re wearing a sweater dress for a formal event, you may want to ditch the boots for a pair of heels. For a cocktail event, pair a black sweater dress with a pair of strappy heels for a sleek look. You could stick to boots by opting for a pair of ankle boots with a heel.

For special occasions, I recommend opting for maxi or midi sweater dresses because they tend to be more formal and respect more dress codes. Consider wearing a midi sweater dress in a solid color with a pair of heels for your office party.

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You can take a page from my book and style your midi sweater dress with a pair of mules.

You can find a similar dress HERE or this one with a detailed feather cuff.

3) Mini sweater dress with tall boots

An easy way to add some sexiness to your Fall and winter wardrobe is to wear a short sweater dress and pair it with over the knee boots. If it’s not too cold, you could get away with not wearing any leggings or tights underneath.

The little peak of thigh skin would be eye-catching and make you stand out. A great alternative would be to throw on a pair of tights or leggings underneath to add some extra warmth to your outfit.

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Remember that shorter sweater dresses are considered more casual and so you may want to reserve yours for less formal outings. A great look to wear for fall or winter brunch is a knit dress and a pair of thigh-high boots.

4) Midi sweater dress with knee-high boots

If you’re one of those people who easily gets cold during the winter but wishes to look fashionably warm, I recommend pairing a knee length sweater dress, or longer, with a pair of knee boots to create a warm business casual look. You could play around with different colors of dresses to create different looks for yourself.

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To further ensure you stay warm, you could even add a pair of faux leather leggings underneath your dress. Also consider opting for a turtleneck sweater dress for some additional warmth.

5) Oversized sweater dress with combat boots

Oversized sweater dresses are an easy way to ease into sweater dress season and one of my favorite ways of styling them is with a pair of combat boots. I could rock this look to grab a coffee at a local café or head for bubble tea with a friend. If it’s colder outside, throw on a pair of black tights or leggings.

If you’re shy about colors, consider pairing a grey sweater dress with a pair of black ankle boots. During the early Fall, you could even get away with a pair of ballet flats instead of boots for footwear.

I love this one featuring fun animal prints.

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6) Sleeveless sweater dress and boots

There are different ways to style a sleeveless sweater dress: you could wear a sweater underneath it, on top of it or add a long cardigan. If you’re going for a casual look, add a denim jacket on top of your knitted dress and wear a pair of sneakers or flat ankle boots to complete your look.

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If you’re working with a turtleneck sweater dress, adding a really long necklace to your look would help make it look dressier. Go for a knit sweater dress featuring fun patterns to make your look more interesting.

7) Off-the-shoulder sweater dress with heels

Strapless dresses a re a thing and they’re one of my favorite dresses to wear to winter events. You get to show off your décolletage while staying somewhat warm. They key is to pick really warm outerwear such as a fur coat or teddy coat. If you’re looking to take a break from your long-sleeved sweater dress, I invite you to try a strapless one the next time you’re dressing up for a fancy occasion during the holiday season.

You could choose a pair of gold heels to add some neutral shine to your look. More about this on my post dedicated to gold shoes outfits.

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You can also style your sweater dresses with pumps as I did with my sweater dress below.

You can find a similar one HERE

I hope you have gotten some major inspiration into the different ways to style a sweater dress during this time of year. A sweater dress is a wardrobe staple we can all wear thanks to the fact that they come in different styles.

The best shoes to go with sweater dresses in general are boots – whether they are ankle, knee or thigh-high. Play around with different colors of sweater dresses to spice up your Fall wardrobe. Don’t let the cold weather stop you from looking chic.

If you enjoyed this post, check out my post on how to wear a sweater over a dress this Fall/winter.

I also have a post on how to wear shawl collar sweaters which will help you put the finishing touches on your sweater dress outfits.

For some more sweater dress outfit inspiration, check out my post: 11 Stylish Shoes to Wear with a Sweater Dress All Year Round.

For inspiration on how to wear a maxi dress in the winter, click HERE

Until the next post,