The 10 Best Sweater Dresses of 2023, According to a Stylist

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For now, your thin and airy summer dresses must be packed up and stored away until next year—but let's look on the bright side. It's time to get excited about the sweater dress, your favorite fall and winter staple. "The great thing about sweater dresses is their versatility and the array of silhouettes, colors, and fits they come in," says Lauren Nelson, Styling Supervisor at Stitch Fix. "This variety ensures there’s a style for everyone and for every occasion." From the trusty relaxed, oversized fits to the wrap silhouettes and ribbed knits that skim your shape, there's absolutely a sweater dress out there that suits your style.

And, depending on how you style the cold-weather favorite, every sweater dress has go-anywhere potential. With heavier fabrics and longer hemlines, a knit dress works well with any of your boots or sneakers. Or, for lighter-weight cardigan styles, try sporting a pair of socks with your favorite strappy sandal. No matter your taste, you're sure to discover a favorite in our edit of the best sweater dresses to shop now.

What to Look For in a Sweater Dress

  • Fit

"When it comes to fit, I often advise clients to choose a sweater dress that is slightly oversized," describes Nelson. "This gives you the option to add a belt at the waist. And when you add a belt, you maintain the comfort factor that traditional sweaters offer while giving your look a figure-flattering shape."

  • Material

"As for materials, in the winter months, I suggest opting for cozy wool styles," says the stylist. "If choosing a form-fitting option, look for a sweater dress with a bit of stretch and a touch of elastane in its fabric."

  • Winter 2023 Trends

As you likely already do when shopping for clothing of all kinds, you'll want to keep the leading seasonal trends in mind. "One winter 2023 trend we’re predicting is the rise of what Stitch Fix is calling the Intentional Wardrobe, marking a shift towards high-quality, versatile, and trend-proof clothing," offers Nelson. "Now, and as we head into 2023, choose a sweater dress that mirrors your personal style and makes you feel your best self."

You'll want to factor in winter 2023's color trends into your sweater dress shopping, too. "Spoiler alert: Stitch Fix predicts Clementine as the color of 2023. Reach for sweater dresses in that citrus hue as we head into the new year. No matter what, though," adds Nelson, "I always tell my clients to select the sweater dress that they feel most confident in because that’s what truly makes a look shine."

The Best Sweater Dresses

Meet the Expert

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Lauren Nelson

As Stitch Fix Styling Supervisor, Lauren Nelson brings her enthusiasm for individual style for everyBODY. She is fashion obsessed and has over 20+ years of industry experience in the role. Since joining the organization in December 2014, Lauren has supported and managed a multi-level, dynamic team of talented individuals across the Southwest Region. She also delivers personalized style takeaways to readers in online editorial coverage. 

Emma Childs
Fashion Features Editor

Emma Childs is the fashion features editor at Marie Claire, who writes trend reports, long-form reported features, and shopping guides. Previously, she was Marie Claire's style editor, and wrote for The Zoe Report, Editorialist, Elite Daily, Bustle, and Mission Magazine. She studied Fashion Studies and New Media at Fordham University Lincoln Center. When she's not writing fashion deep-dives, you'll find her stalking eBay for designer vintage, reading literary fiction on her Kindle, and baking in her tiny NYC kitchen.