hat is it that has the warm, snuggly feeling of a sweater, but the fashion quotient of a dress? The sweater dress. It is the dress made to beat the cold wave in style and we couldn’t be happier about having a truly cold winter this year! No more adding layer upon layer on a cotton summer dress and looking bulky, winter has its own piece!
Sweater dresses come in different styles – texture less body con styles for those who have enviable curves to show off, and chunky slouchy ones to hide all that winter weight. So great is this piece that we actually wonder what took it so long to become a big trend here!
While Hollywood babes Rihanna (wearing Marc Jacobs in grey and Chanel in white and purple), Miranda Kerr (in Alexander Wang and Juicy Couture) and Kate Hudson (in Jenny Packham) are often spotted in sweater dresses, Indian beauties are also catching up, with Sonam Kapoor and Indrani Dasgupta wearing Tommy Hilfiger’s designs.
Here are some quick tips on how to get the most of your sweater dress:
- During peak winters, wear it with coloured stockings or patterned leggings and boots and add a warm coat on top. Since many sweater dresses are solid coloured, patterned bottoms complement them really well. A beanie would add the cute quotient to the look.
- When the weather gets a little more pleasant, wear the dress as is, with knee high boots and a statement necklace or scarf. The soft, fuzzy material makes a great backdrop for a chunky, statement piece of jewellery.
- Layer it over a pair of skinny jeans or jeggings and add a belt to cinch your waist to balance out the slouchiness. This look can take you from work to an evening out in no time.
Expert Speak: Kolkata based designer Sayantan Sarkar says, “Sweater dresses have been around for a while in colder countries, where they are usually paired with leggings or stockings and a scarf. This is all the accessorising needed, as the knit texture is the main element of the look. Knitting is going to emerge as a strong influence in the coming years and the possibilities in patterns, textures and colour blocking are endless. Because of its low maintenance, sweater dresses are more suitable for daily wear, so for evenings or parties, wear dark coloured dresses which have metallic yarns in their structure.”