The Sweater Dress Is the Perfect Fall/Winter Transitional Piece

Simple, but effective.

The Sweater Dress Is the Perfect Fall/Winter Transitional Piece
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Welcome to The Essentials, our weekly series highlighting a must-have classic, key to building a timeless, pulled-together closet.

With the temperatures dropping and the days getting shorter by the minute, we can no longer deny that we're moving into the winter season. Our thin and airy summer dresses must be packed up and stored away until next year—but look on the bright side: It's time to get excited about the sweater dress, your favorite fall/winter staple. This cozy essential is the perfect transitional piece for the chilly months. With heavier knit fabrics 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 with your favorite strappy sandal. There are an endless number of silhouettes to choose from, from the trusty relaxed and oversized fits to the wrap effects and ribbed knits that hug your body like a glove. Every sweater dress has go-anywhere potential; it all depends on how you style it.

Taylor Ayers
Taylor Ayers

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