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.

Laura Lajiness Kaupke
Laura Lajiness Kaupke

Laura Lajiness Kaupke (opens in new tab) is a freelance writer and editor covering fashion, accessories, fine jewelry, and lifestyle topics, including beauty, home, fitness, and travel. You can see her work across various outlets, including VOGUE, Harper’s BAZAAR, ELLE, Glamour, Town&Country, InStyle, Esquire, Women’s Health, Brides, Refinery 29, Coveteur, The Zoe Report, Popsugar, Byrdie, WWD, Footwear News, Well+Good, The Editorialist, among other titles and brands. Laura has worked in the fashion industry for over 11 years and held senior fashion editor positions at Popsugar and The Zoe Report, with additional experience as a copywriter and fashion publicist.