A crisp chill in the air means it’s time to look into layering. It’s sweater weather! Pull your favorite sweaters out of summer storage, because it’s time to pair them with jeans, leggings, skirts, and—our favorite—feminine frocks. Wearing a sweater with a dress can take your summer favorites into fall in a unique, unexpected way. Use these tips to get the maximum wear out of your wardrobe!
Read on to see how you can wear sweaters with your favorite dresses this season.
Slip a Sweater Over Your Dress
Wear a crew neck sweater over your dress for a sweet separates-inspired ensemble. This works especially well with fit-and-flare and a-line dresses, as they nip in at the waist to create the appearance of wearing a flowy skirt with your sweater.
Go edgier by juxtaposing a fitted dress with a slouchy, relaxed fit sweater. Complete the outfit with opaque tights and tall boots for a date at your favorite coffeehouse.
Stylist Tip: For a preppy twist, layer a slim fit sweater over a collared shirt dress, and let the collar peek out. Slip a statement necklace under the collar for bonus sparkle.
Layer a Sweater Under a Sleeveless Sheath
Feeling adventurous? Wear a sweater under a sleeveless sheath dress. It’s a fresh, unexpected way to get more wear out of your warm-weather closet staples. Try this look with a fitted, solid-colored sweater to avoid adding extra bulk and keep the focus on your dress.
Top With a Classic Cardigan
For a sophisticated, tailored take, layer a cropped button-up cardigan over any sleeveless or short-sleeved dress in your closet. Choose a cardigan that hits at your narrowest point to highlight your waist and create the illusion of an hourglass silhouette. Add a colored cardigan to a little black dress, or make your patterned dress pop with a coordinating hue to liven up your look.
Stylist Tip: For a spin on this traditional look, layer with a longer cardigan that hits below your hips. If you’re pairing a loose, draped cardigan with an airy shift dress, experiment with adding a skinny belt over the cardi to further define your waist.
Stay Cozy in a Sweater Dress
Lastly, go all in with a sweater dress to give you the comfort and feel of your favorite snuggly sweater. When the temperatures dip, add a pair of tights and suede ankle booties to complement the texture of your sweater dress.
—Jan S. & Sheri F.