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There are a lot of very cool, unusual, and interesting styles of clothing to choose from this season, but don’t forget to include basic and pieces that are considered wardrobe staples. A sweater dress is practically a cold weather staple for women each year, and Fall 2012 is no exception.
Not everyone would agree, but I think it’s pretty safe to call the sweater dress a classic wardrobe item, especially when it’s done in a flat knit with a basic neckline like crew, v-neck, or turtleneck. This fabulously versatile garment should have an equally fabulous name, but it is what it is. A sweater dress is just what its name implies: a sweater that is designed to be to be worn as a dress.
It is possible to find an extremely long sweater and pass it off as a mini dress, but you would miss out on all of the detailing that is often found when the designer’s true intention is for the garment to be an actual dress. I haven’t owned a sweater dress in years, and get a little self-conscious in form-fitting clothes, but it’s on my list of maybes.
A classic style sweater dress like a t-neck, crew, or v-neck is a nice new addition to any fashionista’s wardrobe because it’s a versatile piece. You might want to stick with the classic necklines like their sweater counterparts, but definitely check out some of the other style options like strapless, halter, cardigan, or even sleeveless.
At first, you might think these are not practical or even too summery, but a major plus is that all of these bare armed styles work for a more dressy evening look; they can go from night to day by adding a simple blouse, t-shirt, or another sweater.
Make sure you also check out the different sweater textures when shopping for a sweater dress. I think a simple, flat knit is a good choice, but try cable, ribbed, or specialty wool like angora or open weave. One idea for letting your sweater dress work overtime as a top is to belt it and pair it with jeans, leggings, or a skirt. Try wearing a button-down sweater dress as a lightweight coat or topper over another sweater dress.