5 Stylish Ways to Wear a Sweater Dress

One of my all-time favorite things is a comfy sweater dress ( see here for the latest.) They’re relaxed and cozy, and they make you want to snuggle up. And just by changing up your accessories and footwear, you get tons of mileage out of them. Here are five ways to style a sweater dress.


How to Wear a Sweater Dress | Red sweaterdress with slouchy black suede booties

1. Pair a Sweater Dress With Boots

Boots and sweater dresses go hand in hand to give you that relaxed, classy look.  Tall boots are classic and elegant. Ankle booties are a little edgier and modern. Boots with a stacked heel complement earthy knits by adding balance. Suede boots look fab!

These slouchy black booties inspired by the ’80s are fabulous. Pair with this cozy red sweaterdress with the asymmetrical neckline, this is a thoroughly modern mix! Check other these other ideas for wearing a sweater dress with boots.


Grey Belted Sweaterdress Riding Boots

2. Belt It

Some knits are loose, straight up and down or rather chunky and hide your waist, so here’s an idea: try cinching in your knit dress with a beautiful belt. The chunkier the knit, the more substantial and wider you can go with the belt. Wear it around your waist or wear a wider belt loosely just at your waist on an angle towards one hip.

Add a scarf for visual interest (and warmth on those really cold days!), a pair of boots, and a bag, and you’re done. The thing I love about all of these pieces is how neutral they are. They look great with this sweater dress, but they’ll go with everything else in your wardrobe.


5 Way to Wear a Sweater Dress | White sweaterdress with leggings and boots

3. Wear a Sweater Dress with Leggings

Have you ever come across a sweater dress that you wanted to buy, but you thought it was too short?  Instead of passing it up, all you need to do is add a pair of black leggings to your outfit.   A sweater dress with leggings will turn your sweater dress into a long top creating a look that is hip and modern.


How to Wear a Sweater Dress - Burgundy Cold Shoulder

4. Try a Cold Shoulder Sweater Dress 

This fall, a cold shoulder dress is hot! (I just couldn’t resist that one! LOL!) But seriously, cold shoulder styling is still a big deal, so if you’re looking for a way to freshen up your sweater dress capsule, give serious thought to a cold shoulder sweater dress (similar) like this lovely burgundy one.


How to Wear a Sweaterdress | Gray Sweaterdress with Tall black boots

5. Add a Scarf

The finer the knit, the more formal the sweater dress and the easier it is to dress it up. This sleek and sophisticated cashmere sweater dress is already on the road to dressy. Add tall black leather boots, an elegant scarf, and chic bag you have a stunning day outfit that is luxurious and rich.

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16 thoughts on “5 Stylish Ways to Wear a Sweater Dress

  1. Ok love the looks but why does everyone think fashion dies for women over 40? These babes talk as if they’re”older” women! Ha! I’m nearly 65 and STILL wear jeans/leggings/boots to die for/makeup….!?/ Basically everything I used to barring heels( not my hips anymore!) So pleeeease show more (truly) mature ladies -no Helen Mirren or Judy dench please and NO anorexic long white haired models either — to illustrate how once a denim wearer r always a denim wearer, and looking GREAT!!! I thank you.x

  2. I LOVE sweater dresses. I have a burgundy one that is a chunkier knit and instead of black leggings I found a matching burgundy legging to wear it with. In the fall I like to pair it with navy or olive. Great post!

  3. What an amazing find your blog has been! I actually bought the bottom dress and went looking for whether or not to wear tall boots or something else with it. This was just what I needed. I’m thinking tall dressy boots for a more casual but classy look (traveling and meeting someone) rather than the dressier evening out look with heels. Thanks so much!! I’ll be coming back for more!

  4. A previous commenter said you are her favorite blog/blogger and I have to agree! This is a great post that definitely gave me ideas and inspiration! Thank you! I always enjoy reading your posts and appreciate not only your ideas, but the choices you link to for purchasing.

    1. Wonderful Marysue, Thank you for that lovely compliment. I would like to remind everyone that you can click through to the items I show by clicking on the little photos of the items in the shop the post section below the collages. Sometimes I find my readers don’t know how to buy what they see and this makes it easy. Thanks for being a part of the community Marysue!

    1. Ahhh Susan, you just made my day! I really want everyone to get what they need out of this site. Please tell me what you’d like to see more of or less of.
      Thanks, Cheers, Deborah

      1. I am often dressed in black. I love a polished, and elegant look but effortless look and you strike that perfect balance. I love how you accessorize, but when I put them on, I feel as though I look like I’m trying too hard. Any suggestions? I- have 2 young children and I work full time in an office downtown and live out in the suburbs. So my wardrobe seems to cover both ends of the spectrum and nothing in between. Thanks!!

        1. Hi Susan, sometimes when you are not used to wearing accessories even a simple necklace can seem too fussy but it really can make a big difference to dress up a black dress. My best advice is to 1) consider your bone structure- small more delicate/fine pieces for smaller boned women, 2) gold or silver always look classy, as do quality accessories like real leather ( belts) and silk or cashmere accessories 3) keep it simple- don’t over accessorize. One main focal point is more chic than many accessories all over your body which looks busy and confuses the eye. For example, if you are wearing a cuff and fabulous earrings maybe you don’t need a necklace. Sometimes a fabulous pair of sexy pumps is all you need to punctuate a simple black dress. The more you play with accessories, the more confident you will become so go ahead and experiment. Pinterest is also a great way to get inspiration. Have fun with it!

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