Let’s see. The weather is cooling down, but not enough to need a heavy jacket. A sweater would work fine. However, if you become too warm and remove the sweater, you need to lug the wrap around with you for the rest of the day. The answer? Put your fashion know- how to the test. Wear the sweater as your dress! Adorn yourself in the always in style, always gorgeous, sweater dress.
A sweater is a knitted garment intended to cover the torso and arms. Sweaters can be pullovers or cardigans (ones that opens at the front). A dress, also known as a frock or gown, is a garment consisting of a skirt with an attached bodice (generally a matching bodice giving the effect of a one-piece garment).
When you wear a dress made of sweater material, you get the warmth and comfort of a sweater, with the style and body fitting of a dress, pairing the two together with the same fabulous flair as peanut butter and jelly or ice cream and cake.
Sweater dresses are one of my favorite fashion items. I prefer clothes that fit snuggly, which a sweater dress often does. Also, when you want a garment that hugs your girlish figure in all the right places, sweater dresses don’t disappoint.
Sweaters themselves are worn by adults and children of all genders, often over a shirt, blouse, T-shirt or other top, but sometimes next to the skin. Sweater dresses are more often worn by women and girls, while the hemline of the sweater dress may vary depending on the whims of fashion and the modesty or personal taste of the wearer.
Sweater Fun Fact: The term “sweater” is a catch-all for a variety of knit garments. Although the sweaters may be pullovers or cardigans, there is a great variety of designs. Various necklines are found (turtleneck, V-neck, crew neck) to name a few, and the waistline is typically at hip height or slightly longer, just overlapping the waist of one’s pants or skirt. However, with the sweater dress, the length can go to the mid-thigh, knee, calf or ankles, much like dresses.
Dresses Fun Fact: The wearing of dresses increased in the 1860s, due to the hoopskirt and the crinoline-supported styles of the time. Dresses had a ‘day’ bodice with a high neckline and long sleeves, and an ‘evening’ bodice with a low neckline and short sleeves. Throughout this period, the length of fashionable dresses varied only slightly, between ankle-length and floor-sweeping.
Whatever style of sweater dress that you’re in, the dress is always cozy and comfortable against your skin!
Sweater dresses are pleasing and pleasant to wear as the knitted fabrics are somewhat elastic and have a softer feel or drape than woven fabric. Sweater dresses that are more tightly fitted, or have a soft drape, may conform well to the body without requiring tailoring that is necessary in a woven garment, such as darts, flares and gores. Even if additional garment shaping is sewn into a sweater dress, it can be knit into the fabric itself, without requiring visible seams.
Say no to visible seam lines by saying yes to the sweater dress! Seems obvious, I must confess!
Nancy Mangano’s Fashion Tidbit: Although my rule of fashion is that in fashion, there are no rules (every person should wear what clothes make them feel fabulous, fantastic and free to express their unique individuality), my preference of shoes with sweater dresses are either high heels, high platforms or knee or thigh-high, high heeled boots!
Toss in a satchel handbag and beautiful jeweled accessories, and perhaps a hat, and the sweater dress ramps up your signature style volume immensely! Imagine that!
Sweater Dress Fun Fact: Sweater dresses, depending on the knit fabric, may contain a thick or thin volume. Of course, the thicker the yarn used, the warmer the dress will be on the body. Body temperature regulation is a major benefit of the sweater dress as an article of clothing. It was in the late 20th century that sweater dresses really emerged on the fashion scene, when they came to be worn as an alternative to a shirt when the finer materials used made them more comfortable next to the skin.
Cling to that sweater dress that is clinging to you!
When wearing a sweater dress, you exude plenty of class and plenty of sass!
I must confess: say yes to the cozy, elegant sweater dress!
Sweater Dress Fashion Tip: Sweater dresses are a perfect choice for special occasions such as proms, weddings, showers and evening attire. Sweater dresses tend to look a bit fancier than dresses made of other materials, as well as add a touch of style and flair to the dress, no matter the cut or length.
Dresses Fun Fact: Beginning around 1915, hemlines for daytime dresses left the floor. For the next fifty years fashionable dresses became shorter (1920s), then long (1930s), then shorter (the war years and the restrictions on fabric), then long (the “New Look”).
Today? The hemline of your dress is your personal choice…all the way!
Various Lengths of Sweater Dresses:
- Knee Length
Various Styles of Sweater Dresses:
Sail away to fantastic fashion when wrapped in a delightful, divine sweater dress!
“It’s a bit chilly outside. You might want to attend the theater with a wrap.”
“But if I need to carry it, my hands will be full, unable to clap.”
“I solved that solution. I lathered myself into a form-fitted sweater dress.”
“Great idea. I’ll do the same…I have one in my closet that is simply the best.”
“Mine is black, red and white and clings to me at the knee.”
“Mine is blue, silver and gray and clings to every part of me!”
Wear a sweater dress: no matter the colors or fit, you’ll fit in perfectly for all the world to see!
Watch for Nancy’s next book in her award winning murder mystery series, Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel, coming to bookstores and online bookstores in early 2017.
Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846