Sweater dresses to cozy up to this winter
By Brittany Anas
In the summer, dresses are a favorite in our wardrobe rotation. Toss one on, pair with shoes — and, boom, you’ve got yourself and effortless outfit that looks chic and dressed up. Now that cooler temperatures and snow are on the way, don’t give up on dressing in dresses. Trust us. They are a no-brainer on those work-week mornings when matching slacks, with a blouse and cardigan seems like it will drain all of your creative juices before that 9 a.m. brainstorming meeting.
We’re seeing lots of sweater dresses — from fair isle to cable knit to colorblocked beauties show up in stores, and the runways hinted that they’d be right on trend for winter 2013. Just add tights to a sweater dress and you’ve got an insta-outfit.
Here are a few dresses made for cooler temps — all from Old Navy, where you’ll save with ShopAtHome.com coupons and get 5 percent Cash Back.
- Colorblock ponte knit dress, $25 to $30 — depending on the color. Fall 2013 has got the blues. From teals to bright pops of cobalt, it’s a hot color this season. We’re trendspotting the cool blue color mixing a lot with black for a chic color combo. This colorblocked dress comes in either blue and black or a warmer camel and gray.
- Fair isle sweater dress, $47. A little history lesson: Fair isle derived is a style of knitting that weaves together patterns and multiple colors andis named after tinyisland in northern Scotland? The bright pops of patterns just feels right for the holiday season. We’re loving how the classic fair isle sweater was re-imagined into a dress. To take it up a style notch, try pattern mixing the dress by wearing a checked, collared shirt underneath in a black or tan — with the sleeves rolled up and tucked over the dress sleeves. Or, pair a lightweight chambray shirt underneath for a preppy look.
- Cowl neck sweater dress, $35. This sweater dress comes in a soft cream color (winter white!) or a beige called “Clay Mate.” Light weight with a rib knit and fold over cowl neck, this sweater dress could be paired with black tights for a classic look. For a pop of color, pair with an ankle bootie in burgundy or hunter green.
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