A knit dress is the perfect transitional style for your Autumn to Winter wardrobe. The knit dress is defined by the classic knit structure which can vary between a chunky cable knit and a fine knit. Sometimes referred to as sweater dresses or jumper dresses the knit dress is a versatile piece coming in a variety of shapes, textures and colours; whether you prefer an oversized turtle neck style or a fitted bodycon silhouette there is a perfect knitted dress for everyone.
From day to night and everything in-between the knitted dress can be dressed up or down for almost every dress code. Even better yet they can be layered over tights and boots, under faux fur gilets, trench coats and checked overshirts; they’ll soon become the hardest working style in your closet. Keep reading to find out how we’d style a jumper dress for five events including work, evenings and casual weekends.
Start with the right style of knit dress, a wrap front knit dress is a figure flattering shape that pairs perfectly with knee high boots and a chunky coat just as well as it pairs with leopard print court shoes and a classic trench coat. We’d opt for a midi skirt and a fit & flare shape for the perfect blend of comfort and style that is still appropriate for the office.
For an effortlessly chic workwear outfit pair a long sleeve turtleneck knit dress with strappy heels and a pair of block heels and an oversized colour pop blazer. This is a look that can easily take you from the boardroom to dinner with a simple accessory change – swap a tailored blazer for a leather jacket.
A bodycon knit dress in a classic black shade paired with a faux leather biker jacket and strappy heels is a flattering, chic and sexy outfit for date night. Opt for a fine knit style with a square neckline (this shape is especially flattering for anyone with a slightly bigger bust) and long sleeves for a look that can be layered with a faux fur gilet and knee high suede boots as the weather transitions from Autumn to Winter.
Make a bold statement with a printed knit dress whether you choose a houndstooth pattern or a classic stripe a knitted dress with a print is always on-trend and will be sure to turn heads.
If you’re going out for dinner and drinks with friends a slim fitting ribbed knit dress styled with strappy heels and a faux fur coat is a choice you don’t need to think twice about. However when the temperature starts you drop you can still wear your knit dress styled with semi sheer tights and heeled ankle boots for a cosier yet still evening ready look.
A cream knitted dress with long sleeves is the perfect pick for a tipsy brunch, the look can be paired with suede knee high boots, tights and an oversized shacket for a more casual affair or it can be dressed up with strappy heels and a biker jacket for a dressier look. If you prefer to add a little colour into your outfit a deep burgundy or emerald green will add depth and richness to your look. A striped knit dress falling just below the knee is a great choice for a more formal brunch; simply style with closed toe court shoes and a tailored blazer in a neutral colour like black.
Our personal favourite event for a knit dress is the off-duty weekend look. Opt for an oversized turtle neck jumper dress and trainers for a look that’s on-trend, comfortable and can keep up whether you’re running errands or doing nothing at all. For a look to lounge in choose a sweater dress that falls just above the knee and wear with your favourite cosy socks and slippers.
A knitted polo neck dress is a great alternative for anyone who wants a relaxed fit that’s comfortable, flattering and yet not too oversized. Style with trainers (or cosy slippers) for an effortless Sunday outfit. This look can also be dressed up with heels for work, brunch or a coffee-date.
When it comes to choosing what to wear under your knit dress you can choose based on the temperature outside. If it’s a mild day and the weather looks fair style your jumper dress with bare legs and your choice of shoes. However if the weather is rainy or colder layer your knitted dress over tights. Opt for sheer nude coloured tights if you still want to look like you’re showing some skin or choose to add a little extra warm with darker tights in a higher denier count.
You could also pair a shorter jumper dress with wet look leggings and trainers for a comfortable and warm outfit that’s sure to beat the winter chill.