As you may remember, my summer uniform is a sleeveless dress and nude sandals. Since the morning have been cold lately, I've been reaching for jeans more often than I like. I have nothing against them. In fact, I love researching and finding the perfect pair of jeans for myself and my clients. Yet, I never feel as comfortable in jeans as I do in a dress. So, I decided to start fall by hunting for the best sweater dresses. I'm determined to make sweater dresses with ankle boots my fall uniform. Tights or leggings can be worn on the chilliest days here in San Diego. I'm also planning on throwing on a cropped jacket when it gets very cold here--you know below 60. As a bonus, several of these are currently on sale. Happy shopping!
CeCe Swiss Dot Knit Dress
CeCe Knit Dress, $119, available at Nordstrom and Macy's
Our first dress is this LBD from CeCe. It's a bit dressier than typical sweater dresses, making it perfect for work or evening. If you're feeling cold and bold, throw on a pair of colored tights. The fit is true to size.
Eliza J Mock Neck Sweater Dress
Eliza J Mock Neck Fit and Flare Sweater Dress, $76.80
Our second sweater dress is currently on sale and under $80. You may be wondering what the point of a sleeveless sweater dress is. The point is possibilities! You can layer a neutral turtleneck underneath and pair it with hoop earrings for a nod to the 90's trend. Or, you could pair it with a cropped, tan leather jacket. You could also throw on a trench coat. The key is proportion. Cropped jackets or coats that hit below the bottom of the hip work best. This dress does run a bit short, so if you don't like skirts above the knee, skip it.
DVF Wrap Sweater Dress
Diane von Furstenberg Wrap Sweater Dress, $256.80
Our next number is also on sale! For the woman with more professional wardrobe needs, this classic wrap dress from DVF can't be beat. The knit is luxurious and the dress is stunning in person. It may be too low for those with full chests. Of course, you can also throw a cami under this, if needed. This dress runs true to size and a little short.
Vince Camuto Sweater Dress
Vince Camuto Striped Sweater Dress, $76.80
When I first came across this striped dress, I thought it would only look good on a select few. However, it is surprisingly flattering on curvy women as well as those with straighter silhouettes. Can't you just imagine this with a cropped jacket and suede booties? What a cute, chic way to welcome fall (if it ever comes).
French Connection Body-Con Sweater Dress
FCUK Body-Con Sweater Dress, $98
In my college days, I spent a lot of time wearing French Connection. All of my favorite work and party dresses were from this line. I no longer own any French Connection pieces, mostly because they are no longer suitable to my lifestyle or shape. However, if you are young and/or fit, it is a great brand. The quality is there. It's evident in this gorgeous green sweater dress. I find French Connection runs small, more like junior sizing. This dress is also slightly sheer, so wear with tights or leggings. Enjoy, my flat-tummied friends!
J. Crew Striped Sweater Dress
For those looking for a looser fitting, casual option, this striped sweater dress from J. Crew is perfect. I love this one because it looks great on a variety of ages, body types, and works for nearly all lifestyles. The fit is true to size.
Free People Winter Sweater Dress
Free People Winter Break Sweater Dress, $148
This cute, mod inspired dress from Free People is as charming as it is cute. For those of you with more retro or bohemian tastes, this is a winner. Add red tights and a corduroy beret if you really want to lean in to the look. This one runs a little small, and short.
Free People On a Boat Sweater Dress
Yes, here is another great sweater dress from Free People. They truly excel at all things sweater-related. This is really more of an over sized sweatshirt than it is a dress, and that is why I love it. It's so slouchy and soft. You'll want to live in it. Leggings or tights are pretty much required with this one. It runs large. I still suggest ordering your regular size because that is how it looks best.
Ann Taylor Wide V-Neck Dress
Ann Taylor Wide V-Neck Sweater Dress, $129
Our final dress is from Ann Taylor. This is a great little number that can be worn for work or weekend. It is on the shorter side, so prepare to wear tights if you don't like skirts above the knee. Other than that, it's true to size.
I'm Jaquelyn Wahidi. I'm a personal fashion stylist, writer, and entrepreneur in San Diego. My style blog features practical fashion advice for women everywhere. Addicted to blazers since 2004.