Sweater Dress Style




Sweater dresses are a cold weather wardrobe staple that offers great versatility in an easy, comfortable silhouette that can be dressed up or down. The season is filled with a variety of great styles to choose from and we at Lane Bryant are here to help inspire you with some sweater dress basics and fresh ways to wear your new fashion favorite.

These tips will help you pick the perfect sweater dress:

Neckline & Sleeves: The neck and sleeve design should be chosen with your body shape in mind. A boat neckline on a sweater dress is a classic choice. A cowl neckline has a softening effect and it can draw attention to your face, just like a v-neck can. Worried about the size of your arms? Try to avoid any detailing or embellishment on the sleeves and consider a forgiving batwing/dolman sleeve style. If you’re large busted, opt for clean lines and a v-neck that isn’t too revealing. Also, to avoid accentuating a large bust, steer clear of roll-neck and round-neckline sweater dresses. Scoop-neck sweater dresses are a good alternative, but wear them with a long, chunky necklace to draw the eye down, instead of across your chest. If you have broad shoulders, try long sleeves or a cowl neck design. Larger hips can be balanced with shoulder detail – styles with puffy or short sleeves are ideal.

Belts: Flaunt your hourglass shape with a trendy belt – wider belts work best. To de-emphasize an apple-shaped body, try an empire waist, tunic-style dress or even an oversized sweater with leggings.

Length: A sweater dress is most flattering when falls right at the smallest part of your thighs. To give the illusion of longer legs, choose a dress that is no longer than knee length.

Footwear: Your footwear should reflect the style you’re going for. Step into a ballet flat for a casual look and dress things up with a pair of pumps. For an edgier take on sweater dressing, team with a pair of fabulous boots like Lane Bryant’s wide-calf over-the-knee styles.

Can’t Miss Tip: Coordinating your shoe color with your tight/pantyhose/legging will make your legs look longer and leaner.

What’s your sweater dress style?

Casual: Try an oversized sweater dress that is balanced with coordinating leggings and chic flats or wide-width calf riding boots. Low-key jewelry and a hobo bag are the perfect complements.

Wear To Work: Sweater dresses are easy to fit into any office environment. Accessories like a scarfs, belts and simple jewelry lend a polished feel to your professional style. Conservative pumps and tights are a perfect choice to finish the look.

Formal Affairs: Need to dress up your sweater dress style for a more upscale event? Look for a sweater dress with a cowl neck, off-the-shoulder or cold shoulder. Amp up the wow factor with glam jewelry, a sparkling clutch and eye-catching peep-toe pumps or shooties.

Out On The Town: It’s time to let loose and style your sweater dress for a fun night out on the town! Play up your style in a daring neckline, edgy accessories, a fabulous clutch and a confident attitude.  Have fun with it!