Most people think of sweaters as  knitted garments intended to cover the torso and arms to keep warm. Sweaters can also be worn as dresses for the comfort, appeal and sheer aesthetic pleasure of being wrapped in visual and chic pleasure.

Sweater dresses are perfect clothing items to be worn in cool weather, allowing the wearer to pass on a blazer or jacket, yet still maintain a comfortable body temperature. Not only are sweater dresses stylish and trendy, but they are cozy, fashionable and easy to move in.

Dress Fun Fact: A dress (also known as a frock or gown) is a garment consisting of a skirt with an attached bodice (or a matching bodice giving the effect of a one piece garment). A dress can be any one piece garment containing a skirt of any length. Dresses can be both formal or informal.

Sweater Fun Fact: The term ‘sweater’ is a catch-all for a variety of knit garments. Although the term often refers to a pullover, a sweater can also refer to a cardigan, a garment that opens and fastens down the front. Various necklines are found, although the V-neck, turtleneck and the crew neck are the most popular.

Sweater dresses mix the eye candy appeal of the garment along with the practicality of maintaining easy body movement and warmth.

Wear your comfort everyday…the splendid sweater dress way!

For eye catching, gorgeous sweater dresses, every closet should hold this practical yet body hugging turtleneck:

V28 Women Vintage Cowl Neck Stripe Kint Stretchable Elasticity Long Sleeve Slim Fit Sweater Dress XS/S US 2-8 Black

The sweater dress: a fashion must that’s never a miss!

Sweater Dress Fun Fact: Knitted fabrics are generally somewhat elastic and have a softer hand (feel or drape) than woven fabrics. Sweaters that are more tightly fitted, or have soft drape, may conform well to the body without requiring the tailoring often necessary in a woven garment such as darts, flares and gores. Even when such shaping is used, it can be knit into the fabric itself, without requiring seams.

Nancy Mangano’s Sweater Dress Fashion Tip: Of all the dresses on the fashion market, I find sweater dresses wear the best when worn with a great pair of high heeled boots. Be it ankle boots, knee high boots or thigh high boots, a wonderful pair of boots mixed with a darling, sensual sweater dress brings out your best boot scoot boogie!

My oh my…your elegant sweater dress is pretty, provocative and pleasing to the eye!

Dress Fun Fact: Before the Victorian period, the word ‘dress’ usually referred to a general overall mode of attire for either men or women, as reflected in such phrases as “evening dress”, “morning dress”, “travelling dress”, and so on, rather than to a specific garment. By the early 20th century, both ‘gown’ and ‘frock’ were essentially synonymous with ‘dress’, although gown was more often used for a formal, heavy or full length garment, and frock or dress for a lightweight, shorter, or informal dress. Only in the last few decades has gown lost its general meaning of a woman’s garment in the United States in favor of ‘dress.’

Popular Types of Sweaters:

  1. Hoodie
  2. Jacket
  3. Sweater Curse
  4. Sweater Design
  5. Twinset
  6. Cardigan
  7. Jersey
  8. Sweater Vest

Beginning around 1915, hemlines for daytime dresses left the floor. For the next fifty years fashionable dresses became short (1920s), then long (1930s), then shorter (the War Years with their restrictions on fabric), then long (the “New Look”). Today? Any preferred dress length goes…as all true fashion divas know!

Sweater Fun Fact: The uniforms that present day ice hockey players wear are sometimes referred to as ‘sweaters’, although they usually more closely resemble the jerseys worn in other sports like soccer. This is because original uniforms were simply sweaters with the team’s logo stitched on the front. As technology changed, so did the uniforms, as actual sweaters absorbed too much moisture and became weighed down and bulky throughout the course of the game.

However, with all the excitement of watching an ice hockey game, wearing a sweater to the game as a spectator is a grand idea, as ice rinks can get freezing! A whole lot of freezing, fashion fun for everyone!

Who said sweaters were simply to keep warm? Step out in a lovely, versatile sweater dress for a fashion adrenalin shot in the arm!

Nancy Mangano’s Sweater Dress Fashion Tip: For a perfect hour glass figure look, wear a loose fitting sweater dress with a belt around the waist! This will accentuate the waistline while making the bust and hips look smaller.

“Excuse me, but I didn’t anticipate the cold. May I borrow the sweater you’re in?”

“If you look harder you’ll see my sweater is my actual dress. Take it off, I show skin!”

“That would probably be uncomfortable for you. Embarrassed am I.”

“That is fine. I suggest a sweater dress for you…they are comfortable and simply divine.”

“The sweater does hug your body in all the right places and looks cozy at the same time.”

“Yes. You’ll need to get your own sweater dress for the experience. I’ll be keeping mine!”

The Sweater Dress: A gorgeous garment and conversation piece for the fashion gal who’s ahead of her time!

Nancy Mangano is an American beauty/fashion/style influencer, fashion journalist, screenwriter and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series. Visit Nancy on her global online fashion/style/beauty magazine Strutting in Style! at, her Facebook page Nancy Mangano at  Twitter @ and her author website








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Nancy Mangano resides in Orange County, CA. She has blended her love of detective work and style in her novels, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy.
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