5 dresses every woman should own: the sweater dress

23/11/2012

Martha Streck in Marie Claire France October 2012 (photography: Satoshi, styling: Claire Dhelens)
The sweater dress, a cosy, body and soul warming cocoon of pure (cashmere) bliss, it is definitely a must-have for every woman. Mine was a spontaneous buy. I was in a post-accident depressive mood worsened by winter blues and in need of some retail therapy when I saw the deep sea blue Patrizia Pepe dress - shaped to flatter the figure, caress the skin with its delicate cashmere strands, and on sale. It was mine within minutes. Needless to say we became best friends. I think I have worn this dress more than any other item in my wardrobe – for nights in and dinners out, work and walks in a country, whenever I needed a bit of colour or warmth, an imaginary hug or extra coverage.

It made me realise that impulse shopping is good and having a sweater dress in a wardrobe is essential.

They, of course, come in many shapes and materials and you need to pick the one that speaks to you just like the LBD. My only tip would be to buy cashmere or wool designs (a dose of added silk is good, too) – if you see any acrylics or polyester on a label, put the dress back. It may cost less, but it will be scratchy, itchy and suffocating for your body. With appropriate care, the real yarns, on the other hand, will last you a lifetime, the CPW (cost per wear) will be next to nothing and wearing the dress will make you feel feminine, sensual, beautiful and loved.

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Where to buy: 1. Silk scarf front cashmere dress by Ralph Lauren (£884), 2. Char cashmere jumper dress by AllSaints (£165) 3. Luan merino wool sweater dress by Calvin Klein Collection (£81 Was £180), 4. Polka dot cashmere dress by Chinti & Parker (£380), 5. Striped cashmere sweater dress by Chinti & Parker (£350), 6. Maggie cashmere dress by Crumpet (£136 Was £340), 7. Olive belted cashmere and silk dress by Ralph Lauren Black Label (£326), 8. Merino wool dress by DKNY (£81 Was £180)

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Where to buy: 9. Roma M cashmere dress by Zadig & Voltaire (£175), 10. Cable sweater dress by Jigsaw (£109), 11. Extra fine bi-colour dress by McQ Alexander McQueen (£299 Was £995), 12. Wool & alpaca sweater dress FARHI by Nicole Farhi (£87.75 Was £195), 13. Branitta wool and cashmere dress by Diane von Furstenberg (£309), 14. Embellished cashmere dress by L’Wren Scott (£430 Was £1435), 15. Hella jeans blue dress by Humanoid (£270), 16. Charlot merino knit lace overlay dress by Malene Birger (£255)

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Where to buy: 17. Cashmere midi dress by Pure (£199), 18. Cashmere and silk blend dress by Pringle of Scotland (£150.50 Was £430), 19. Wool blend sweater dress by Maison Martin Margiela (£490), 20. Fair Isle mohair blend sweater dress by Vanessa Bruno Athe (£87.50 Was £250), 21. Silk & wool blend sweater dress by Stella McCartney (£535), 22. A-line sweater dress by Stella McCartney (£610), 23. Shetland wool dress by Bouchra Jarrar (£702), 24, Intarsia wool blend dress by Sonia by Sonia Rykiel (£360)

P.S. Just in case you love the dress the model is wearing on the photo, you can buy it on-line here and here.


Photo source: Martha Streck in Marie Claire France October 2012 (photography: Satoshi, styling: Claire Dhelens)

66 comments:

  1. The sweater dress is one of my most beloved wardrobe items. The only kind of dress I wear in the cold season. Grey and Fair Isle pattern are my first choices. Love the Vanessa Bruno one in the last collage, the straight cut and cosy look. Beautiful post!
    Have a wonderful weekend, Natalia! xo

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  2. I also have some sweater dresses in my closet:)
    Nice post!

    http://myfashionfoodstyle.blogspot.co.il/

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  3. Such lovely dresses!

    xxx

    http://www.bonnie23blog.blogspot.ru/

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  4. Love the sweater dress, it is comfortable and can be styled to look chic, effortless or casual! Have a great weekend xo

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  5. Stunning - have I ever worn one - not yet, but these make me want too:)
    Happy weekend,
    Axx

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  6. You're so right about what your say concerning the sweater dress!! I own one and is the most comfortable dress ever!!
    xoxo
    Patricia

    http://misstoptenimage.blogspot.com

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  7. I love that dress from big first photo !

    http://www.olastory.com/

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  8. I want it all!
    WWW.JUST-COCO.COM

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  9. Adorable dresses!
    Thanks for sharing such a nice post! Also a very large 'thank you' for taking the time to leave a comment for me! I do appreciate that!
    Have a happy time!

    Best wishes, Alexandra
    www.svetusvet.blogspot.com

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  10. love the dress in the first pic
    www.georginagoodman.blogspot.co.uk
    xxx

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  11. thats true!!
    I love sweater dress,nice post dear!!
    kissses

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  12. Nice selection...sweater dresses are a big part of my winter wardrobe as they are so unfussy and are easy to wear to work and on the weekends. I love the polka dot one...I am in love with every piece of Chinti & Parker knitwear but it is just so expensive that I can't justify a purchase.

    Love the blog by the way!

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  13. That first picture is absolutely gorgeous! I love sweater dresses but only if I belt them!

    www.inparisian.blogspot.com

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  14. i just threw away all my sweater dresses before autumn which was a bit stupid! i like your picks though:) x

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  15. I love the endless styling possibilities of the sweater dress. Your cashmere one sounds amazing!!
    And, I'm glad I'm not the only one who hates manuals, and you are right...I definitely needed to read more into AllSaints sizing!! Ha ha!
    Have a lovely day!
    XO,Gina
    http://classyeverafter.blogspot.com

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  16. Oh,these are really cool, love your selection!

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  17. Wow how many dresses, I want several of them....
    Have a lovely weekend!
    xo Caroline

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  18. Fully agreed! I love a good sweater dress. The chanti and parker polka dot one is my ultimate fave! x

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  19. hey natalia! i LOVE a great looking sweater dress. i have several in my closet. so easy to wear and put on. they're classic! mine are very plain, so i'm glad you featured some different ones. it also expands my knowledge of what shops I can buy them from (thanks for the links). have a great weekend doll. definitely try sweet potato pie once! it's really good :)
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  20. I agree! Each woman should have a sweater dress!!
    Lovely blog!
    I am following you ! Maybe you'd like to follow me back?

    Big kisses

    pashionality.com

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  21. I like number 8, 20 and 22. I have three sweater dresses and would love to have more! They are easy to wear and way too comfortable.

    Marie
    a merry diary

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  22. Love sweater dresses!!!
    Great choices, my fav are 4th and 8th!
    xxx
    S

    http://s-fashion-avenue.blogspot.it

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  23. So many fantastic things, love them all! *.*
    I'm following you now. :D If you want, you can find me on: http://the-wandering-heart.blogspot.com
    Lots of love! <3

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  24. beautiful!

    X Jenny
    Rocknrollerr.com

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  25. Love these pieces! I am seriously lacking on my sweater dress collection - so I might have to check some of these out :)

    Hope you had a lovely holiday!

    xx,
    maya

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  26. Yes, I'm all for it. Perfect to wear when travelling too. Just wear it with a pair of leggings and off you go.

    LUXESSED

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  27. Like your post dear!
    Would u like to follow each other?
    kisses,
    http://keepitstylishandsexy.blogspot.com

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  28. Great post! I love sweater dresses, so classic, comfortable, and even office appropriate!

    xx
    Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes 

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  29. Nice picks!



    http://style-chameleon.blogspot.com/

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  30. I need a sweater dress in my life. They look so comfortable.

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  31. i have it, it's warm & stylish:)

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  32. These look incredibly stylish +so comfortable, definitely a must in the colder weather. Lovely picks! I hope you have a wonderful weekend xx

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  33. I love the sweater dress...especially now in the fall/winter season.
    There's something very easy yet still feminine about this look.
    You chose some great options for this post.
    XOXO

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  34. Love these options. I own one and I've gotten so much mileage out of it!

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  35. yess love sweater dresses!
    i'm so sad the one i own shrunk :(

    happyleeliving.blogspot.com

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  36. I love love love sweater dresses, it's so easy to look effortlessly chic and stay oh so cozy the whole time!

    Charlotte
    www.deconstrut.blogspot.ca

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  37. amazing post!!
    http://myfashionmirror.blogspot.com/

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  38. This is a great post! I love the dresses you found and I think I need a sweater dress now! Thanks for the nice comment on my blog. Would you like to follow each other?

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  39. So stunning!

    Why don't we follow each other? :)

    XOXO,
    Monika

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  40. Always loved the concept of a sweater as a dress. My fave used to be a white angora body hugger--stunning . . .
    oxoxox from San Francisco
    Amy
    http://bridechic.blogspot.com

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  41. Love the sweater dress! I live in them;)

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  42. Классные платья для осени и зимы! :-)

    xxx

    Хороших выходных!

    http://www.bonnie23blog.blogspot.com/

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  43. Such great staples, finding all of these must have taken so long.

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  44. lovely blog.
    http://xtheperfectmess.blogspot.com.au

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  45. Love sweater dresses for winter, they're so easy to wear, feminine, cozy and comfortable :)

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  46. A sweater dress is such a must! (Especially for us cold climate ladies!) I still kick myself for not grabbing a Theory cashmere sweater dress last summer at the thrift store, it would have been lovely in the cold weather. I'm on the hunt for one now, so you must have been reading my mind when you put this post up! Ill have to check some of these. :)

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  47. beauty dresses, love them all!♥

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  48. This is one of the easiest models to wear and it's indeed a live savior. I read that a sweater-dress is one of the favourite dresses' model of Victoria B. I'm still looking for my perfect sweater dress though

    Xx

    Alexandra

    www.fashion-bridge.blogspot.com

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  49. I have been looking for the perfect sweater dress, so thank you for sharing these amazing pieces! xx

    - Victoria
    www.VICKITAS.com

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  50. I love a good sweater dress! They are such an essential part of any fall wardrobe. Great selection ;) Thanks also for your comment on my blog... I am now following you on Bloglovin and FB if you would like to follow each other :)


    XX,
    Miranda

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  51. Great blog. I fallow you and I look forward to a rematch;)

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  52. I've always been afraid of the sweater dress but there are so many great choices here! Thanks for the options! I hope you had a great weekend!
    xo
    Sharon

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  53. I wish I owned a sweater dress. They look like they would be so cozy and warm for the winter.

    Tracy @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

    P.S. I'm having a Giveaway for a set of Nail Polishes, a Clutch, and Necklace/Earring Set.

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  54. I do own many sweaterdresses and agree it is an essential :)

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  55. I like 11 and 22! I would so wear a sweater dress, they're so comfy!

    shygirlloudvoice.blogspot.com

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  56. you're absolutely right, this is definitely an item i can never have enough on! i'm the biggest girly girl and need some extra warmth this winter so i'm definitely looking into grabbing one of these myself.

    xoxo,
    alicia
    river city chic

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  57. I'm in love with n. 12, 21 and 23...I'm a big fan of sweater dresses because they are so comfortable and easy to style!

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