Sweater Dressing for Ease and Polish


This is the time of year all that dieting, swimming and pilates pays off when you slip into a sweater dress. (There are underpinnings for the rest of us.) Versions can be found in everything from transitional acrylic to wool or cashmere. I’ve included only a few of the long sweaters they’re calling dresses-really, they’re tunic length-in favor of those that actually provide enough weave to earn the term. When buying one of these online, make sure you can see it modeled or that the length is posted.

The Lady in Red Colorblock

Left: Sonia by Sonia Rykiel Knitted Dress- There’s something very gamine about this one-young, innocent, feminine, even French. It has a touch of whimsy while still being stylish. Great for the office, especially in creative fields or out and about to shops and galleries on a Saturday. Red and black cotton cashmere blend. Wide, ribbed neckline, contrast ribbed cuffs. Striped design with intarsia belt and contrast skirt. Slips on. $543.25

Right: McQ Alexander McQueen Fine Knit Sweater Dress- Add dark hose or tights and ankle boots. Ready for meetings or movies. Warm enough to get in and out of a car without your coat running errands. Red lipstick, of course. Black and tomato red lightweight viscose and cashmere blend. Belt loops and buckle fastening belt. Ribbed trims. Slips on. May be hand washed. $445.00

Cassie Ruffled Sweater Dress

Definitely girly. The perfect apparel for a daytime date that just might continue on into the evening. Or Autumn cocktails with the same possibility. ‘Doesn’t look like you made assumptions, yet you’re ready on so many levels. Scoop neck, classic fit. Charcoal grey with metallic woven detail. Ruffled trim at neckline and cuffs. Tiered ruffles at the skirt. Belt at waist with tie closure. Polyester/silk/cotton. Slips on. Can be hand washed. On sale $99.20 (from $248.00)

The Blues

Left: Missoni Alice Sweater Dress- You won’t see yourself coming and going in this version. For slimmer women-it’s a bit bulky. Warm and comfy. Great color. Leggings and thigh-highs boots. Think about a hat this year. 100% Polyester slip dress under Wool/ Nylon sweater dress. Large roll neck, cuffs and hem are ribbed knit. Body is crochet and slightly see-through. Slips on. Elasticized belt, secured with large metal ‘X’ clasp. Available in Blue Multi and Brown Multi. Short. On sale $572.00 (from $1428.00)

Right: Lauren by Ralph Lauren Sweater Dress- For the classicist. Unless you’re a woman who still wears circle pins, play with belts-how about animal skin or a corset belt to kick it up a notch? You can even wear a thin silk blouse under this during the day, then slip it into your bag for evening activities. Think COLOR with your handbag. Cobalt blue. V-neck, traditional styling. 38” length. 100% Soft merino wool. $179.00

Welcome The Sun Dress

Kitchy and fun for the young and irreverent. Doesn’t really need jewelry except for your signature pieces, but colored Bakelite might be in keeping. Anything goes with footwear and bag. You’ve already shown you’re out there. 100% acrylic. Unlined. Crew neck. Straight profile. Ribbed cuffs and hem. $137.99


Left: Alfani Cowl-Neck Sweater Dress- Starting a new job? Promoted? Look put together in one swoop. A find for business trips-packs and steams out. Interesting enough not to make you appear to be one of the herd. Cotton/acrylic. Machine washable. Cowl neckline with striped detail. Short sleeves. Slip on. Striped knit at waistline and throughout skirt. Unlined. Hits at knee. $89.00

Right: Marc by Marc Jacobs Paulina Knit Sweater Dress- Polished without being stiff. Good for days when you don’t know what will come up, what your boss will ask of you. An on-the-go piece yet ready for lunch in a good restaurant should you be asked. Softly knit grey merino wool and lurex metallic stripes. Crew neck, short sleeves, elasticized waistband. $298.00

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