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Cozy sweater dresses were all over our Instagram feeds back in fall 2020, but it looks like they’re having a resurgence again this spring...albeit with a warm-weather twist. We’re not about to stock up on chunky cashmere or wool turtlenecks right as the weather starts to warm up, but lightweight knits and open weaves are just as cozy and not nearly as stifling. Think more along the lines of a tightly-woven crochet knit Missoni number or a ribbed cotton tank dress.

Beyond being incredibly comfy, knit dresses look equally stylish with sneakers, heels and boots. You can dress them up for date night with some colorful strappy sandals and bold statement earrings, or go casual for a weekend at home with Keds and a silk scarf to tie around your ponytail.

Below, 16 of the most flattering, most comfortable sweater dresses to toss on this spring.

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1. H&M Rib-knit Dress

We promise, this stunning purple is much easier to wear than you might think. If you’re unsure of how to rock such a vibrant shade, stick with simple black or white accessories. But if you're going the extra mile, we love the idea of mixing in another bright pop of color. Think: a blue waist belt, strappy yellow sandals or cherry red statement earrings.

Buy it ($40)

Available in sizes XS to XXL


2. 525 Wide Rib Long Cardigan

OK, so you might not want to rock long sleeves in peak summer, but you can absolute style this beauty for any of the other three seasons. For spring we suggest buttoning it up to wear as a dress and keeping your accessories on the minimalist side in shades of white or delicate metallics. For winter, sport this knit as a true cardigan layered over turtlenecks and jeans. And for fall you can wear it as a dress with knee-high boots or as a cardigan over a slip dress.

Buy it ($138)

Available in sizes XS to L

Good American

3. Good American Belted Body Dress

The adjustable waist belt can be knotted in front or in back, but we find the most flattering option is to tie it just once and slightly off-center, letting the ends hang long and loose.

Buy it ($149)

Available in sizes XS to 5XL

Banana Republic

4. Banana Republic Ribbed Sweater Dress

Adding a lariat necklace will work with the vertical ribbing of the fabric to elongate your frame. Or, if you’re part of the long torso club, you can always add a thin black or leopard belt to your waist to break up your silhouette.

Buy it ($129)

Available in sizes XXS to XXL, also Tall

the Outnet

5. BOUTIQUE MOSCHINO Ruffled metallic striped ribbed-knit dress

You’d be hard pressed to find more cheerful stripes than these. We love the combination of both horizontal and vertical lines to mix things up and give you more of an hourglass figure.

Buy it ($564; $225)

Available in sizes S to XL


6. Eloquii Ribbed Dress with Button Detail

Subtle ribbing at the waist helps cinch your middle without actually constricting you, a major bonus for those of us prioritizing comfort at the moment (aka, everyone). It also comes in black and cream, and, yes, you can unbutton it all the way to wear as a long cardigan if you like.

Buy it ($100)

Available in sizes 14 to 28


7. Haute Hippie Diana Pointelle Maxi Sweater Knit Dress

Don’t let the long sleeves, high neck and maxi length scare you; the feather-light material is incredibly breathable. The thin pointelle knit design is also surprisingly sexy, offering a subtle show of skin across the collarbone and throughout the skirt.

Buy it ($598)

Available in sizes XS to XL

Saks Fifth Avenue

8. Joie Cedar Stripe Knit Midi Dress

The mix of jade green, dusty red and pale pinks has us dreaming of a desert sunset.

Buy it ($328; $246)

Available in sizes XS to L


9. MISA Los Angeles Salma Knit Dress

A touch of metallic thread throughout makes this frock feel fancier than your average sweater dress. All you need are some gold sandals and a delicate chain necklace and you’ll be ready to hit the town in style for a fun night out.

Buy it ($320)

Available in sizes XS to L


10. KING & TUCKFIELD Two-tone ribbed merino wool midi dress

Colorful minimalist sandals and funky pearl jewelry will help modernize the retro vibe of this polo midi. On the flip side, if you’re really feeling the ‘60s vibe try wearing it with some espadrilles and a woven tote.

Buy it ($405)

Available in sizes XS to L

Diane von Furstenberg

11. Diane von Furstenberg Edeline Ribbed Knit Wrap Dress

The vertical accordion pleats on the wrap dress work wonders for lengthening and slimming the body, but it’s the unexpected touch of braiding on the cuffs that really sold us on this stunner.

Buy it ($568)

Available in sizes XXS to XL


12. Avec Les Filles Ruffle Sleeve Rib Knit Midi Dress

Calling all pear-shaped gals, this knit frock is the one for you. The ruffle detailing at the shoulders helps to balance out wider hips in a way that’s both incredibly flattering and fun.

Buy it ($119)

Available in sizes XS to L

The Outnet

13. MISSONI Marled ribbed wool dress

We couldn’t possibly write up a list of knit dresses without including Missoni. And while this one does have a high neckline, the shorter length and mix of green, red, yellow and white make it feel much more appropriate for spring than fall.

Buy it (1,495; $448)

Available in sizes S to XL

Abercrombie & Fitch

14. Abercrombie & Fitch Scuba Midi Sweater Dress

Simple, elegant and ready for just about any event on your calendar. Oh, and did we mention it’s on sale?

Buy it ($89; $54)

Available in sizes XXS to XL


15. Le Superbe Prismatic Ribbed Dress

A vibrant mix of yellow, orange and magenta, this striped number definitely isn’t for the faint of heart. But for those willing to dive right in, we suggest wearing it with sandals in a complementary color (like chocolate brown or peach pink) and some gold statement earrings.

Buy it ($395)

Available in sizes XS to L

Old Navy

16. Old Navy Vintage Plus-Size Sweatshirt Shift Dress

A sweatshirt dress is definitely one of our all-time favorite “throw on and go” pieces for a casual weekend. All you need are some fresh white kicks and a collection of canvas totes bags and you’re ready to hit the farmers’ market running.

Buy it ($43; $22)

Available in sizes 1X to 4X

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