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What Goes Well With a Sweater Dress?

by Mercedes Valladares

If you've ever shied away from a sweater dress, embrace the knitted frock by pairing it with your everyday wardrobe pieces. The versatile dress ranges in weight so you can wear lightweight knits, such as merino wool, during warm months and heavier styles, like cashmere and mohair, in the cool seasons. Sweater dresses can be textured, striped or patterned and come in many silhouettes.

Fun and Flirty Legs

Glam up your sweater dress with legwear. Wear patterned hosiery with your knitted mini- or mid-length frock. Pair a solid-colored dress and ankle boots with lace or dotted legwear. Change the look of the same dress by pairing it with solid tights. If you're working with a two-tone sweater dress in charcoal gray and black, style a fall-inspired look with opaque black or gray tights and wedge-heeled boots in the same color. You can also pair a cozy, loose-fitting sweater dress in a dark color with matching fan-patterned tights. Add a splash of color with a burgundy tote.

Classy, Sassy Belted Styles

Create a structured silhouette by adding a belt to a loose-fitting, A-line knitted dress. Wear a long-sleeve, mock-turtleneck frock with asymmetrical buttons; define your waist by cinching the belt. Don't forget to leave a little breathing room to avoid creating any unwanted bulk around your hips or thigh area. If you opt for a frilly dress with ribbon details, tie on a ribbon belt and cascade the long end. If you're going out, don a bright-colored belt with a decorative buckle.

Glitzy and Glam Shoes

Take out your show-stopping shoes and pair those beauties with your sweater dress. If you're wearing a black and white, wide-striped sweater dress with sequin trimming, sport black, T-strap shoes or knee-length boots. The unexpected sequin trim combination adds a glamorous touch to the knitted pattern. As an alternative, create a hipster vibe by adding sequined wedge sneakers. Match your footwear to a color in the dress pattern.

Accessorizing the Frock

Add a touch of the tropics to your look. Sport a colorful sweater dress and a turquoise and coral bib necklace. If your dress has a deep V-shape, choose a chunky bauble to accentuate your knitted frock's neckline. Or try a boat-neck, A-line or empire sweater dress in a color-blocked pattern. Match your accessories with one of the hues from your frock's pattern. If you're wearing a textured sweater dress to an evening event, pair it with a matching beaded clutch and pumps.

About the Author

Mercedes Valladares is the founder of M721Organics and has been an independent designer for over 15 years. Her work experience commenced during college with manufacturers based in New York and Hong Kong. Her education includes LIM College, International Fine Arts College and design certification from the Paris Fashion Institute. She produces eco-crafting videos and writes recycling articles online.

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