5 Fabulous Ways to Style a Sweater Dress

Cozy sweater dresses are more popular than ever, and it’s hardly a surprise.  They’re soft, stretchy, comfy, and relaxed – so perfect for our casual 40+ lifestyle! This season, you’ll find many new styles designed to slip on and go. But if you are looking for more of a styled look, I have some ideas.

Here are 5 fabulous ways to style a sweater Dress for fall that you may not have thought of.


Burgundy dress| option 2 | option 3option 4


1. Add a Belt and Booties

Whether sweater Dresses are fine or chunky, they often don’t have much of a waist. If you find your sweater dress makes your figure look a little boxy, then try adding a belt.  A modern-looking belt with a stylish buckle will help whittle your waist and add some pizzazz to your look.

brown ribbed sweaterdress

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The chunkier the knit, like the one above, the wider and more substantial a belt you can have. Wrap it snuggly around your waist, or wear a wider belt looser at your waist on an angle downward towards one hip.

Elegant suede booties with their velvety texture look fabulous with sweater dresses. Find a pair that covers your ankles. A pointy toe is always very chic, too.

Sweaterdresses - Fur Vest


faux fur vest | sweater dress | booties | bag | bracelets| earrings

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2.  Slip on a Faux Fur Vest

Many women naturally think to pair a fuzzy faux fur vest with a cute top or blouse and a pair of jeans, but have you ever thought of pairing one with a sweater dress? It’s a natural combination that takes a simple sweater dress from average to awesome. A sleek sweater dress captures the boho feel of a faux fur vest. 


Green sweater dress

3. Throw on a Scarf

One big change in sweater dresses I’ve noticed in the last couple of years is that hemlines are longer. Maxi knit sweater dresses are the norm and look sophisticated with tall leather or suede boots.

A long swath of solid color is rich and slimming but sometimes also plain. So, for all you gals who want to inject a bit more life, a gorgeous scarf is the perfect accessory.

Patterns and prints add personality and are the ideal way to express the true you.  I love the artsy, modern feel of this green one I’m sharing and how it adds so much energy to this look.



Sweaterdresses - Mustard with Leggings

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4. Add Leggings

Have you ever found a sweater dress you wanted to buy but decided against because it was too short?  Instead, why not simply add a pair of black leggings? 

A sweater dress worn with leggings will turn your sweater dress into a long top, creating a hip and modern look. Add some tall booties, even over the knee, and maybe a cozy scarf, and rock that sweater dress!


Ivory Cable Knit Sweater Dress

5. Layer with a Jacket or Shacket 

Blazers, Denim jackets, jackets, Leather Moto jackets, and shackets. You name it, and it can go over a sweater dress. Layering is a lovely way to add depth and interest to a plain sweater dress. For a really fun look, throw on a pair of cowboy booties, too, and you’ll be right on trend!

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16 thoughts on “5 Fabulous Ways to Style 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 bar heels( not my hips anymore!) So please show more (truly) mature ladies -no Helen Mirren or Judy Dench, please, and NO anorexic extended 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. In the fall, I like to pair it with navy or olive. Great post!

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

  4. A previous commenter said you are her favorite blog/blogger, and I agree! This is a great post that gave me ideas and inspiration! Thank you! I always enjoy reading your posts and appreciate your thoughts about the choices you link to for purchasing.

    1. Wonderful Marysue, Thank you for that lovely compliment. I want 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 in the post section below the collages. Sometimes I find my readers don’t know how to buy what they see, making it easy. Thanks for being a part of the community, Marysue!

    1. Ahhh, Susan, you just made my day! I 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, elegant, 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 two young children, 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 wearing a black dress can make a big difference. My best advice is to 1) consider your bone structure- small, more delicate/fine pieces for more petite boned women, 2) gold or silver always look classy, as do quality accessories like genuine leather ( belts) and silk or cashmere accessories, 3) keep it simple- don’t over accessorize. One main focal point is chicer than many accessories all over your body, which looks busy and confuses the eye. For example, if you wear a cuff and fabulous earrings, you may not need a necklace. Sometimes a great 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 experiment. Pinterest is also a great way to get inspiration. Have fun with it!

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