5 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.

1. Pair a Sweater Dress With Boots

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

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.

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3 Modern Ways to Style a Sweater Dress with Boots

A sweater dress with boots is always a comfortable, cozy look for fall, but you can start to look dated if you don’t change things up a little bit from year to year. A fresh new pair of boots is all you need to tweak your chic. Here’s a look at what’s trending and some modern ways to style a sweater dress with boots.

green sweater dress with taupe suede booties oufit

1. Pair Short Suede Booties with a Sweater Dress

If you are used to pulling on your favorite black, knee-high leather boots with a sweater dress, that’s perfectly fine, but you’re not going to turn any heads. These days, traditional tall black boots can look overly practical or even boring compared to wearing a sweater dress with short booties.

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How to Dress Creatively in Knits

When it comes to dressing creatively a basic turtleneck or traditional cableknit sweater just doesn’t cut it.  If you have a creative streak and love knits, then check out some of the artsy knits my reader Ela has been wearing lately.

knit tunic over cropped pants

Ela Olsewska is a fashionista from Oakville, Ontario with a passion for creative dressing. She loves to take chances and try things that are elegant but a little unusual.

brown sweater dress by Ela Olsewska

In a previous post Ela chatted with me about her unique style and what creative dressing means to her. She feels strongly about having a unique style that reflects her personality. Lately, she has been experimenting with knits. This is just one of the cool looks she has come up with.

This perforated knit dress with the green silk underlay makes an artsy statement. A caramel scarf adds a warm glow to her face, and the leopard print pumps gives her outfit a fun touch. This gal isn’t afraid to mix texture and pattern. It’s all part of Ela’s creative dressing recipe.

White knit poncho

Ela’s creamy punch card knit poncho top has a techno vibe. It’s the perfect thing to pair with a pair of black leather leggings. Funky sunglasses round off the look.

black leather pants

Here’s a conversation piece! How do you like this unusual shrug? Ela’s neon green and black color combo is modern, urban and edgy.

Pastel blue knit dress

Pastels are trendy for fall and winter. This pretty blue sweaterdress with the metal studs is an original combo of soft and cozy and slightly edgy. The color looks stunning on Ela because of her delicate coloring.

Opaque tights are the perfect complement to a thick knit dress. Sheer nylons would be too light and thin. Ela’s suede shoes are also in sync with the weight and texture of her modern pastel sweaterdress.

Which is your favorite look, and will you be wearing knits this fall?



How to Style a Cute Knit Sweater Dress

I’ve owned many cute knit sweater dresses over the years for one simple reason – They’re easy and comfy to wear. All you need to do is add a few accessories, and you can totally switch up your look. Here are a few popular ideas to help style a cute knit sweater dress.


1. Tie on a Scarf

A solid-colored dark knit sweater dress creates a slimming shape. Add a pretty scarf for texture and color and a shot of interest. Top off the look with booties in the same color as your dress and some accessories that pick up on the other colors in the scarf, and you have a sophisticated take on a cozy sweater dress.

2.   Throw 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 sweaterdress. It’s a natural combination and one that takes a simple sweaterdress from average to awesome.

A sleek sweaterdress with a lace-up front works well to capture the boho feel of a faux fur vest. Cute short suede booties and a bag with a touch of fringe are in keeping with the free spirit vibe.

3. Pull-on Some Leggings


Some sweaterdresses lend themselves to leggings, especially when they are streamlined like a tunic and on the short side. By pairing black leggings and peep-toe booties with this cowl neck knit dress, you get a modern, cool-girl look. A faux croc bag adds some earthy texture.

4. Belt It!

Sweaterdress - Tan with Black Belt

Here’s another style tunic sweaterdress that can be worn as is, or with leggings. For a totally different look, try belting it!

5. Accessorize with Glam Jewelry

Maroon Off the Shoulder Sweater Dress

Off the shoulder sweater dresses have become popular lately, and to take full advantage of this look, don’t forget to add some glam jewelry. Dangle earrings draw attention up and complement the bare shoulder feature.

6. Slip on Some Riding Boots

Riding boots are traditional and sophisticated, so it’s no wonder they go so well with something as simple, cozy, and sleek as a fine knit sweaterdress. A plaid scarf completes the old English vibe.

7. Look Modern and Wear Booties

Sweaterdress - Striped short Sleeves

Some of you have asked if you can wear booties with a sweater dress, and the answer is yes. In fact, it looks quite modern! You can wear a bare leg at the start of the season go for a semi-opaque or opaque stocking once the cold weather arrives.

Other ways to wear a knit dress?

  • alone with a thick belt that falls at an angle below the waist towards one hip
  • with a leather jacket

Take a look at these other sweaterdress styling ideas!

How do you wear your sweater, knit dress? Comment below.