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While we are still in the midst of that transitional period between summer and fall, there couldn’t be a better time to indulge in a good sweater dress. On days when it can be hard to find the ideal outfit to wear, sweater dresses make the most sense because they’re not too warm but are also cozy enough for those brisk mornings and evenings. If you happen to live in an area where temperatures have drastically dropped, there are also many layering tricks to keep your look extra warm and stylish. Over the past few years, sweater dress outfits may have gotten a little basic – and even boring. However, they’ve been reimagined this year in ways that make them fresh, addicting, and cool. It’s ultimate must-have piece of the fall and winter season – and to get you inspired to add one to your shopping cart, we rounded up 10 killer sweater dress outfits you’ll want to replicate quickly.
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1) Maxi Sweater Dress
Don’t put away your lighter knit dresses just yet, especially tank top sweater dresses. Transition them into fall by layering them with thicker knits. This maxi dress looks perfectly chic with a sweater tied around the neck but if it gets cold, you can easily untie and layer it on top. To add that final fall touch, you can finish off the look with sneakers or boots.
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2) Sweater Dress & Combat Boots
We love any outfit with some tasteful juxtaposition – and this look is exactly that. You can easily vamp up your favorite slouchy sweater dress with some daring combat boots. The light colored, soft knit is transformed with these platform-soled lace up boots and a matching black handbag. If you’re tired of the basic boots and sweater dress combination, then this one will definitely spice up your looks this fall.
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3) Cable Knit Dress
Cozy sweaters are also perfect for lounging around the house. They are a great alternative to pajamas or a robe to help you combat those chilly mornings. You can wear the sweater dress on its own with some high wool socks or pair some leggings underneath the sweater for additional warmth. The cable knit texture never gets old and is also a versatile work-from-home piece.
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4) Slouchy Sweater Dress & Over The Knee Boots
Sweater dresses and over-the-knee boots are a match made in heaven as far as autumnal fashion goes. We love this combination because it is so comfortable but looks put together. Depending on the silhouettes you pair together, this uniform can also be dressed up or down for any occasion. When shopping for sweater dresses, look for details like turtlenecks or bell sleeves. Those little additions really help to elevate your basic knit dress!
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5) Layered Knits
If there’s anything that’s better than a single sweater dress this season, it’s definitely doubling up on your knitwear. We love a ribbed midi dress in a neutral color (especially beige). You can easily top off this piece with an oversized cardigan for an effortless look. Sneakers put a casual spin on the outfit – and will take you far into the weekends whether you’re off to brunch or running errands.
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6) Oversized Tunic & Button Down Top
You can also use a chunky sweater as the outermost layer of your look. Typically, if you size up in a tunic top or slouchy sweater, it will function as a dress. Give this look a preppy twist by wearing an oversized button down top underneath an equally oversized sweater. Then, complete the look with matching knee-high boots and oversized glasses to add that vintage vibe! This combo is perfect on those sunny fall days when it isn’t freezing cold yet.
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7) Sweater Dress & Blazer
When in doubt, simply throw on a blazer. In the case of this outfit, the sweater dress acts as the base layer while the belted blazer adds a refreshing, polished touch. You could opt for casual footwear such as sandals if you’re on the West Coast – or dress it up with some square-toe boots for extra warmth.
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8) Sweater Dress & Snakeskin Boots
We are still feeling the animal print vibe this fall and it happens to make the perfect pairing with your all sweater dresses. Animal textured or printed boots really help a solid dress stand out. Whether you’re off to work or going out for drinks, this duo is pretty much foolproof.
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9) Chunky Sweater Dress & Slouchy Boots
Chunky, shapeless sweater dresses are on the rise too – and they’re much easier to style than you think. If you want to add some shape, you can haphazardly wrap a belt around the waist. This will bring in the fabric so your curves are not completely lost. Otherwise, a maxi coat and slouchy boots can come to the rescue to streamline the look a bit more.
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10) Bodycon Sweater Dress & Strappy Sandals
Bodycon sweater dresses are great for when you need to dress up because of the way they accentuate your natural curves. A midi length is already modest so bare some skin by throwing on your favorite strappy sandals. You can keep the outfit playful with a fringe handbag for a night out.
Do not underestimate the power of a basic sweater dress. As proven above, this wardrobe staple can be worn anywhere whether you’re heading into the office or going out at night. They can also be reworked into a casual weekend outfit throughout the cooler months when you’re not in the mood for jeans or leggings.