The 16 Best Sweater Dresses to Cozy Up In

Simple, but effective.

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Welcome to The Essentials (opens in new tab), our weekly series highlighting a must-have classic, key to building a timeless, pulled-together closet.

For now, our 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. This cozy essential is the perfect transitional piece for the chilly months. With heavier knit fabrics (opens in new tab) and longer hemlines, this cold-weather favorite works well with any of your boots or sneakers, or you can even try sporting a pair of socks (opens in new tab) with your favorite strappy sandal (opens in new tab).

There are an endless number of sweater dress silhouettes to choose from, from the trusty relaxed and oversize fits to the wrap effects and ribbed knits to skim your shape. Every sweater dress has go-anywhere potential; it all depends on how you style it. No matter your taste, you're sure to discover a favorite in our edit of the best sweater dresses to shop now.

Taylor Ayers is a fashion editor at Marie Claire, covering the new editorial fashion trends, looks, and contemporary styles.