In the United States, it’s not officially winter until you wear a sweater dress. In the 1960s, that meant smart, tailored shifts or swinging frocks with hand-knit bell sleeves. In the 1970s, hemlines dropped and a belted A-line was the standard for ladies who lunched on Park Avenue and for bohemian creatives slumming it on Delancey Street. Later, the 1980s brought oversized this and slouchy that while the 1990s brought back Lolita style with babydoll dresses finished off with peter pan collars or schoolgirl “uniforms” marked with plaid or argyle.
In the 2000s, sweater dresses have become a smorgasbord of varying silhouettes and pattern play. This season, Joseph introduced a straight jacket cut that drove us nuts, Michael Kors owned the elongated cardigan, and Emilio Pucci kept things short and sassy—just the way we like it.
If you’re ready for Old Man Winter, then a sweater dress is in your future.