Let's face it: Getting dressed on cold, drab winter days can be less than inspiring. The idea of putting on tights, socks, boots, thick sweaters, a hat, and gloves is almost exhausting. But it doesn't have to be this way. You can still make a statement while managing to stay warm and dry.
Though that may seem a challenge, winter style has never been easier than it is with a knit sweater dress. Try it in a neutral shade that you can wear again and again while switching up your accessories, or play up the statement by choosing something brightly colored. Imagine the heads that will turn when you rock a cozy neon dress with caramel tights and boots.
Still not sure how knit dresses can transform your cold-weather wardrobe? No need to stress, because we've curated a few of our favorites. Ahead, see 20 of the best knit dresses on the market, and get ready for your most stylish winter yet.
The Classic Staple
Cable knit dresses can be a little bulky, but not this style from M.M. LaFleur. The fine rib knit keeps a precise fit without feeling tight and constricted. And while those are great qualities, what we love most is the potential for layering, allowing you to carry the piece from fall to spring. As temperatures dip, throw a duster or cardigan on top, and on unseasonably warm days, no extra gear is necessary.
A basic black dress is key to any wardrobe, no matter the season. This knit turtleneck style is an accessible staple that looks great paired with any style of boots. Throw on a pair of hoop earrings, pop your hair in a ponytail, and you're ready to go. Add red lipstick to make this knit dress go from day to night.
Winter Wrap Dress
If you love wrap dresses but want to take the statement to the next level, then this fringe maxi sweater dress is right up your alley. It hugs your curves in all the right places, but the practical design keeps you comfortable all day. This shade of blue is outstanding on all skin tones, though the style is also available in a range of options including purple, heather gray, and black.
Button-down cable knit dresses are a major trend for winter, and you're sure to love the way the slit here shows off your favorite tall boots. Better yet, this Reformation pick has a fitted bodice and a relaxed fit skirt, so you get the best of both worlds when it comes to put-together comfort.
This mushroom-colored sweater dress features a crewneck and an ever-so-slightly relaxed fit, making for an effortlessly structured look. To complete the look, all you need is a statement pair of shoes and a crossbody bag.
Channel your inner Bond girl with this off-the-shoulder number. It makes for a great winter date night outfit.
If you love festivals and rocking a bohemian look, this midi-length cable knit dress will suit you well. The sleeves are perfect for the fall season, and it can work as a layering piece when you need a bit more warmth.
Want the freedom to embrace a cozy, layered look when it's chilly, but switch to a simple tank dress profile once you've reached a heated indoor destination? You've found your answer. Add a belt, and this set is all you need to look pulled together.
Dark, cold winter days can really be a drag, but it's easy to add a splash of color to your wardrobe with this cable knit dress. It's available in over 20 variations on Amazon, which means your favorite can be at your doorstep in no time.
Toasty and Textured
When you think of a sweater-style knit dress, chances are it looks something like this. There's a reason that this look is a bit of a standard, as it stands the test of time and looks great in a variety of situations. Pair it with cowboy boots for a cool, laid-back look.
Packaged with a Bow
If you think wearing clothes buttoned up gives the impression that you aren't willing to take risks, this cable knit dress will change that. The smaller knit up top adds the perfect dimension to the broader threads below. Tie the belt into a bow, and head out for your day as confident as ever.
If you can't pick which color of cable knit dress you want to try this season, go for two in one. This knit from Staud balances neutral navy with cheery periwinkle, so you can add a bit more color to your workday or night out.
Vamp it up in what could become your go-to statement sweater dress. While this asymmetric piece has a relaxed look, it's also a mini length, perfect for meeting up with friends for late-night fun. Try it with skin-tight or slouchy boots.
A cozy knit in the warmest shade of orange, this off-the-shoulder dress from H&M is absolutely worth adding to your list. The statement tone will pair beautifully with your favorite Telfar bag.
This cable knit dress is sophisticated and perfect for those who love a cozy sweater that's ready for the office or a party. Pair it with chic booties and whatever jewelry your heart desires to feel effortlessly put-together.
If you're looking for a cable knit dress that feels a bit more special for a holiday party or brunch, try a mostly minimal design with an accent ruffle. Keep it toned down by wearing matching shoes, or kick it up a notch with pops of red or bright blue.