Sweaterdress Season Is Coming—24 Outfits to Replicate ASAP


Do you feel that crisp breeze? Well, that signifies the official start of fall. For some, the onset of colder temperatures hasn't come yet, but that is by no means a deterrent for dreaming of them. In fact, for the fashion set, this time ushers in fantasies of one specific thing: sweaterdress season. And while you may be wondering why this clothing staple could be considered as exciting as cooler temperatures, taking a trip, or even celebrating the holidays, we're here to tell you that this piece is underrated. 

If we're being honest, you can't even fantasize about playing in the foilage or being snuggled up by the fire in a cabin opening gifts with your loved ones without invoking the image of wearing a sweaterdress—it's that prevalent. Of course, where and how you can wear this style extends beyond the cliché imagery this fall staple has been commonly associated with. So in that vein, we've rounded up 24 sweaterdress outfit ideas to show that this staple is something you should be excited about wearing (and shopping) year-round. 


Oversize Shoulder Bag + White Sweaterdress + Flip-Flops
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Sweaterdresses are the canvas for crafting the coolest outfit for any transitional-weather look. You can wear a simple white sweaterdress in the spring with sandals or combat boots and a leather moto jacket in the fall.

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Craft-Inspired Sweaterdress + Ankle Boots + Shoulder Bag
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Neutral-hued sweaterdresses aren't the only way to wear this cold-weather staple. Don't be afraid to opt for a colorful version that champions more craft-inspired knitting techniques. Just be sure to style it with solid-hued boots and a bag to let the piece be the focal point of your 'fit. 

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Black Sweaterdress + White Ankle Boots + Black Shoulder Bag
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When in doubt, a black sweaterdress will always be in style. But should you want to make this staple stand out, pair it with contrasting boots and an interesting bag to make it feel more trend-forward. 

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Pink Sweaterdress + Pink Sandals + Zebra-Print Bag
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Want to make a drab, cold day a little warmer? Wear a colorful sweaterdress with fun accessories. Whether you opt for one in a vibrant pink hue or another fun trending color, this outfit will brighten your day.

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Maxi Sweaterdress + Belt + Platform Boots
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Maxi hemline dresses made a major comeback on fall/winter 2022 runways, so it only makes sense to adopt this hemline in sweater form too. Opt for a darker-hued version (gray, black, or navy) paired with a belt and platform boots, and you'll look like you came fresh off the runway. 

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Shearling Jacket + Chunky Chain + Sweaterdress + Shearling Slides
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When you don't want to freeze but can't fathom the idea of wearing pants, this is the ensemble you'll want to re-create. Pair a thick-knit midi or maxi sweaterdress with a shearling coat and you'll be cozier than ever. 

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Wool Coat + Green Sweaterdress + Over-the-Knee Boots
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Sweaterdresses can make "stale" fall staples feel fresh—case in point: the look above. Pairing a brightly hued sweaterdress (like a green one) with the black coat and boots in the back of your closet is a great way to glean more wear out of your staples without getting tired of them. 

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Two-Tone Sweaterdress + Clutch + Ankle Boots
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Of course, if color isn't your thing, you don't have to wear a saturated sweaterdress to get the same effect. In fact, opting for a two-tone sweaterdress paired with fun accessories will give you the same feeling of "brand-new" without having to buy into color. 

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Off-the-Shoulder Sweaterdress + Knee-High Boots + Shoulder Bag
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Another way to breathe life into this staple is by opting for versions with sultrier elements—like a high-slit, cutouts, or an off-the-shoulder fit. Just keep the rest of your styling simple by pairing the dress with neutral accessories to really let this style steam things up. 

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Sling Bag + Fringe Sweaterdress + Cowboy Boots
(Image credit: @astyleedit; Pictured: Cubic Striped Frayed Knit Dress ($79))

Is it even fall if you don't don at least one striped sweater? Consider this the easiest dress to throw on for the season, as all you have to do is pair it with a sling bag and cowboy boots to give off full fall vibes. 

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Printed Coat + Sweaterdress + Mary Janes
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Channel your inner French girl this fall and pair a houndstooth-print coat and Mary Janes with a sweaterdress. You may not be in Paris, but you'll be trés chic nonetheless. 

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Chunky Chain + Maxi Sweaterdress + Knee-High Boots
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We've said it before, and we'll say it again: Colorful sweaterdresses are the way to spice up any fall wardrobe. Don't be afraid to opt for a dark wine-colored or vibrant saffron-hued version paired with your favorite black boots to really get things cooking. 

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Sheer Knit Dress + Bra Top + Belt + Cowboy Boots
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For those nights when you're going out on the town and want to show a little skin without freezing, you'll want to pin the ensemble above for inspiration. A sheer knit dress paired with boots, great undergarments, and maybe a leather jacket over will never fail you on a night out. 

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Sweater + Sweaterdress + Ballet Flats
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Sweaterdresses are the key to looking stylish year-round. All you have to do is throw on a sweaterdress and ballet flats, and suddenly, you look "polished" without actually putting in any effort. 

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Button-Front Sweaterdress + Cropped T-Shirt + Jeans + Ankle Boots
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We all have experienced the moment of dread where a sweaterdress has shrunk to the point that you can't zip it anymore or gaps are showing when you button it up. When that happens, rather than donating the piece, get creative with the styling and throw it over a pair of jeans and a T-shirt. It's not only more sustainable to find a new way to wear it, but it's also more stylish. 

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Cutout Sweaterdress + Clutch Bag + Sandals
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File this as further proof that sweaterdresses can be hot—so long as you opt for one with cutouts. 

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Fleece Jacket + Sweaterdress + Chelsea Boots
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You don't just have to buy a new sweaterdress to get the same feel. Simply pull out one of your oversize crew-neck sweaters and wear it as a dress. If you're worried about it being too short, add a fleece jacket, proper undergarments, and flat Chelsea boots. 

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Shearling-Collar Coat + Sweaterdress + Snakeskin Knee-High Boots
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Sweaterdresses are a staple, but that doesn't mean they can't be special. Use your accessories (like a bright shearling coat or snakeskin boots) to make this basic stand out. 

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Sweaterdress + Pants + Sandals
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Do you know that sweaterdress in the back of your closet with an unwearably high slit that you can't part ways with it? Don't get rid of it. Instead, style it over printed pants or cargo pants for a cool fall look.

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Leather Trench + Mini Sweaterdress + Platform Boots
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Add a little edge to this staple by styling it with a leather trench coat and platform ankle boots. 

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Turtleneck Sweaterdress + Cardigan Duster + Belt + Riding Boots
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Throw a long cardigan over a turtleneck dress for maximum warmth in the winter. 

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Earrings + Bustier Sweaterdress
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Who said all sweaterdresses had to be oversize? Opt for an iteration with a built-in bra, corset, or bodice, as it will look ultra-flattering on. 

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Strapless Sweaterdress + Heels + Shoulder Bag
(Image credit: @iziangus; Pictured: Christopher Esber Crochet Fringe Midi Dress ($870))

Want to dress up? Opt for a staples knit dress paired with heels and a shoulder bag for a surprising yet stunning night-out ensemble. 

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Turtleneck Sweaterdress + Belt + Tote Bag + Sock Boots
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You've made it to the end of this story, and hopefully, by now, you've realized there are so many ways to wear sweaterdresses year-round. But should you need one last nugget of wisdom, remember that this piece does all the hard work for you. All you have to do is throw it on and maybe pair it with a belt, boots, and a tote bag. You'll look (and feel) fabulous. 

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This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

Jasmine Fox-Suliaman

Jasmine Fox-Suliaman is a fashion editor living in New York City. What began as a hobby (blogging on Tumblr) transformed into a career dedicated to storytelling through various forms of digital media. She started her career at the print publication 303 Magazine, where she wrote stories, helped produce photo shoots, and planned Denver Fashion Week. After moving to Los Angeles, she worked as MyDomaine's social media editor until she was promoted to work across all of Clique's publications (MyDomaine, Byrdie, and Who What Wear) as the community manager. Over the past few years, Jasmine has worked on Who What Wear's editorial team, using her extensive background to champion rising BIPOC designers, weigh in on viral trends, and profile stars such as Janet Mock and Victoria Monét. She is especially interested in exploring how art, fashion, and pop culture intersect online and IRL.