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.

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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)

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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)

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INC International Concepts

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)

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Vince Camuto

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)

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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)

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