You Said: Yes to Sweaterdresses

February 9th, 2009


drop-waist-sweater-dress_020509We asked: Would you wear Sweaterdresses?

You said:  Yes to Sweaterdresses, with a 68% to 32% vote.

Style tip? Sweaterdresses are so chic - yet they can be so difficult to wear.   To flatter a less-than-perfect figure, we suggest wearing sweaterdresses in stiffer, heavier knits.  Why?  Thinner, more body-skimming knits tend to reveal every bump and blemish.  For further figure flattery (try saying that three times fast!), body slimming undergarments and shapewear from companies like Spanx work like a charm. 

Next question: Pastel Colors are classic Spring, but they can wash out fair complexions…and they’re just not for everyone.  Tell us, would you wear Pastel Colors?  Cast your vote on the sidebar!

Pictured: Drop Waist Sweater Dress | $130 at Banana Republic

Entry Filed under: Trend,Trend Predictives,What's In and What's Out,Women

7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. susan993  |  February 9th, 2009 at 8:38 am

    Great to have sweater dresses back in style. These are so comfortable and easy to maintain, wonderful for work and early evening dinners or after work get-togethers. They can be changed by accessories so easily. Absolutely lovable fashion.

  • 2. MsKatiekat  |  February 9th, 2009 at 9:23 am

    Now that we’re at the topic of sweaterdresses, I thought I’d push this question across (in case anyone can answer this).

    I am among the “less than perfect” bodies mentioned in this article. I am broad-shouldered, larger chested, a spare tire in the midsection and toned and slim hips and legs. I’d LOVE to show off the legs more, but for some reason I keep looking very “blocky” and curveless in these dresses/tunics. Does it depend what fabric/neckline I use, or should I skip these altogether (to add to the long list of top restrictions that I already have)?

  • 3. Trisha  |  February 9th, 2009 at 10:37 am


    You can wear sweaterdresses too – just choose the right one for your body. Like we said in the article, stiffer knits are going to work better. To best flatter your personal architecture, look for a sweaterdress with a lower neckline (to flatter your chest) and wear a belt (to define your midsection).

    Hope that helps,

  • 4. Sal  |  February 9th, 2009 at 11:10 am

    Brilliant as always, Trisha. Your suggestions to Katie are spot-on, and I SO agree that a heavier weave works better for a bumpier figure.

  • 5. Chloe  |  February 9th, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    I love sweaterdresses!! I have two questions, how would you layer a featherweight sweaterdress so you are warm but not bulky? I’ve tried turtleneck and tights, it wasn’t warm enough.

    Second, how do you keep your sweaterdresses in perfect condition, so they do not snag or pill?
    Thanks a bunch!

  • 6. Trisha  |  February 9th, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    Thanks, Sal!

    Chloe, in order to layer with a featherweight sweaterdress and stay warm, you’re going to need a lot of extra garments. Like Traci says, keep your core warm. You could try silk undergarments under your dress and a jacket on top.

    If anyone has a solution to keep sweaters looking new, please speak up! I haven’t been able to prevent sweaters from pilling myself, but I do “maintain” my sweaters using a fabric shaver. For more tips on how to keep garments looking new, here’s a post we wrote awhile back:

  • 7. MsKatiekat  |  February 11th, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    Thank you so much Trisha! Now I wish I could go shopping right at this moment for one!

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