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November 13, 2010

Fresh Picks to Follow: Sweater Dresses

Hi ladies…I hope that you all had a great week.  I was lucky to have a 3-day work week.  I took the liberty of taking the day off today to have a shopping day with my sister in Orlando, FL.  And boy did we shop.  Among with my many purchases, I inadvertently bought several sweater dresses today without realizing it.  When I got home, I thought that my new additions would make a great fresh pick topic. 

The original sweater dress was nothing more then a tube shaped knit and was a nightmare for a woman with any degree of curves. Today, they come in a wide range of styles to suit virtually any figure type.  A classic sweater dress makes the perfect blank canvas; which is versatile enough to be dressed up or down. Once you've found the perfect fit pick a neutral tone or a color that compliments your coloring, then consider the following tips:

Tights:  A sweater dress looks great with tights or leggings, but can also be worn with bare legs. If the dress is a neutral color, you can opt for colorful tights to add a pop of color or wear the same color tights for a more sophisticated look.

Belts: If the dress is a chunky and you want to ensure that it doesn’t look like a sack, then add some definition to your look with a wide belt around your natural waist.

Shoes: When matching footwear with a sweater dress, stick to shoes that are structured. Anything too delicate, like kitten heels, will not compliment the look. Try all types of boots, pumps, wedges and ballet flats.  A sweater dress is the perfect outfit to pair with ankle boots, which is a great look for the season. Remember: if you have shorter legs, choose a pair of tights that matches the color of your boots. 

Other Accessories: Structured and bold accessories tend to look stunning with sweater dresses. Chunky jewelry, like long dangly necklaces and wide bangles, will make the right statement with any sweater dress. Scarves are always a perfect addition to a sweater dress, as well as, layering a jacket or cardigan.  A quick side note, a belted cardigan will add a bit more warmth and create a different silhouette your sweater dress. 

Here are several sweater dresses that's caught my eye.  Let me know what you think and if you have bought a sweater dress lately.


1. Anthropologie - Finessed Sweaterdress…$138.00
2. Old Navy - Women's Boat-Neck Sweater Dresses…$34.50
3. Banana Republic - Funnel Neck Cable Tunic…$110.00
4. BCBGMAXAZRIA – Cowl-Neck Sweater Dress…$138.00
5. H&M - Roll-Neck Jumper…$34.95
6. French Connection - Everyday People Dress…$89.00 (Bluefly.com price)
7. Ann Taylor - Scoopneck Ribbed Sweater Dress…$128.00
8. BCBGMAXAZRIA - Blue Wool Striped Turtleneck Sweater Dress…$154.00 (Bluefly.com price)
9. Ann Taylor Loft - Fair Isle Cowl Tunic Sweater…$79.50
10. Anthropologie - Look Back Sweater Dress…$148.00

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