The Best Sweater Dress for Every Body Type
Cozy and chic can live in harmony
Sweater dresses are one of those pieces of clothing that are awesome in theory, but kind of intimidating to pull off (we don’t want to look like we’re wearing a blanket...or a tube sock...after all). To feel comfortable and look chic, consider one of these styles based on your body shape.
If You’re Petite, Try a Mini Shift
Too much fabric can overwhelm a small frame, so stick to shorter lengths that you can wear with tights as it gets colder. Since your hemline is high, stay away from tight-fitting styles, which could come across as too much. Instead, go with a shift silhouette that’s comfortably boxy and hits the perfect middle ground between tentlike and body-con.
Get the look: Madewell ($128)
If You’re Tall, Try a Slim-Fit Midi
Unlike our petite pals, tall ladies can pull off a little more dress. Opt for a slim-fit midi that hugs your body without constricting it. The only caveat is that this style might look a little awkward with tights, so if you think you’ll be cold, try pairing it with mid-calf boots for a little more coverage.
Get the look: AG ($198)
If You’re Apple-Shaped, Try a Dress with Neckline Detailing
A cool zipper or other neckline accent draws the eye toward your chest and collarbone and away from your midsection. Also look for a silhouette that drapes over your figure without hugging your midsection too closely, and a skirt that flares out slightly to create the illusion of a smaller waist.
Get the look: INC International Concepts ($85)
If You’re Pear-Shaped, Try a Fit-and-Flare Dress
Ah, the good old fit-and-flare. This style highlights your narrowest part (your waist), while skimming over your hips and thighs. We also love this particular version because of its three-quarter-length sleeves, which (like the main part of the dress) hit at the ideal area on your forearm.
Get the look: Vince Camuto ($139)
If You’re an Hourglass, Try a Wrap Dress
You and your perfect proportions can pull off almost anything, but for the most flattering effect, choose a wrap dress that lets you show off your curves. Something to note, though, is that this style is almost universally flattering, meaning you don’t need pinup-like measurements to look amazing in it.
Get the look: DVF ($368)