Rain, low temps, and cloudy skies have all made an appearance in Los Angeles this week and they've got me thinking about cool weather wardrobe staples. In particular, the sweater dress. As evidenced by these photos of french singer and style icon Françoise Hardy, it's a classic. Paired with over the knee boots, this is a look that's as chic today as it was on Hardy in 1968. Cozy, comfortable, and timeless, what more could you want?
Sweater dresses often get a bad rap. One that I believe is undeserved. Which is why I'm here with this ode to the unsung hero of wardrobes everywhere. Okay maybe that's a bit hyperbolic, but sweater dresses are awesome and they need more love. I hear people throw around words like old, dowdy, bulky, and unflattering. And to those haters I say, you just haven't found the one. The sweater dress is just like any other piece of clothing or human companion. Finding the right style and fit for you makes all the difference.
With the sweater dress it's all about the silhouette and the knit. If you've got a long, lean figure try a chunky knit or a less tailored shape. If you've got some curves add a waist belt or go for something with more of an A line design. If it's feeling bulky, pick one with a lighter knit. Look for a turtleneck to flatter a longer neck or some flared sleeves to balance out broader shoulders. The variations are endless and, depending on what texture and color you choose, one can carry you from fall to winter and even into spring.
What I love most about the look I created above is its versatility. It really toes the line between work and play. The accessories add some fun, and a bit of an edge, to the mature elegance of the classic sweater dress and tights combination. It's a look I would feel comfortable taking from work directly to dinner or drinks.
Is there a sweater dress in your closet? What's your favorite way to wear it?
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