It's nice to have a one-piece wonder in your closet for days when you want to look stylish without having to think about it. The
best sweater dresses, in my experience, tend to be those pieces. They add a dose of texture and comfort to your wardrobe, and end up being worn repeatedly because they're so easy.
Today's sweater dresses can be styled in so many ways to fit any mood or occasion. A simple turtleneck dress looks downtown cool with sneakers and a leather moto jacket, but you could peel off the jacket and trade those kicks for a killer pair of heels and some statement earrings to create an instantly sophisticated night-out look. A tank-style knitted dress is great for layering over a turtleneck or under a jacket on days that start out brisk but turn mysteriously balmy by lunch. And a chunky mini dress can pull double-duty as a
chic and cozy top with a pair of faux leather leggings.
As for colors: Start with a light or a dark neutral that works well with your skin tone and matches most of the items in your wardrobe for a
versatile sweater dress you can wear any time of year. Then move on to color so you have a solid palette to build on. Once those are squared away, don’t forget to rotate in something seasonal. There are a few pieces I found that offer moody jewel tones that look amazing during the colder months, as well as a few in pretty springtime colors.
With all that in mind, it's time to shop sweater dresses. All of the picks below cost less than $40 on Amazon and come backed by rave reviews.
1 A Casual Sweatshirt Dress For Everyday Cool
While this is technically more of a
sweatshirt dress than a sweater, it made the list for its infinite wearability. The heathered grey option (featured here) feels especially versatile — pair it with over-the-knee boots or leggings, or don it solo for couch lounging. "One of my favorite purchases," a shopper commented. "This is sooo cute and comfortable. It is slightly oversize for me but I love it so much. I wore it with boots and it is so casual but you can also dress it up too. I think I can also pull this off in the spring time with some sneakers as well." Several noted it was shorter than expected, although some saw that as a feature instead of a bug. Available colors: 6 Available sizes: Small - X-Large 2 A Chic Tailored Sheath Dress For A More Polished Look
fitted sweater dress, with a faux crossover neckline, is sleek and streamlined in a fine soft knit. It's one of those rare pieces that layers really well over and under most garments. The lightly tapered skirt falls to a universal just-above-the-knee length, and pairs nicely with a heeled bootie. Reviewers agreed that the faux wrap style in a body-skimming pencil fit was a definite confidence-booster. "Dress is designed perfectly and the V-neck adds a nice touch. It's not too low-cut - It's just right," one shopper raved. 4 Available colors: Available sizes: X-Small - X-Large 3 A Swingy A-Line Dress That’s Super Comfy
flowy crewneck sweater dress has a tapered waist to keep the relaxed style from looking baggy, and is balanced out with a flared hem. One reviewer commented that “the fabric is very comfortable (not scratchy or rough) with some stretch, and a nice medium weight to it, which is perfect for New England fall weather.” A few shoppers mentioned that theirs ran short, but added that it was such a great casual budget piece they didn't mind keeping it on-hand to wear with leggings. Available colors: 10 Available sizes: Small - X-Large 4 An Instagrammable Tank Sweater Dress
sleeveless sweater dress, in a thick and stretchy cotton-blend ribbed knit, coms with two patch pockets and feels effortlessly cool. The relaxed shift fit layers well over a tee or turtleneck for all the 90s vibes, but it also looks great under a blazer. This dress garnered high praise for being adorable yet shockingly high-quality and soft. "This is THE MOST COMFORTABLE DRESS!!! I love the brightness of the color and the V-neck is cut so perfectly," one reviewer raves. Available colors: 5 Available sizes: Small - X-Large 5 A Chunky Oversized Turtleneck Dress With Pockets
oversized turtleneck dress is a chic alternative to the basic sweatshirt; it skews sophisticated with black tights and ankle boots , but turns fierce when you pair it with some heeled over-the-knee boots for a cozy and confident going-out look. And this dress has one gloriously functional detail: pockets (one reviewer noted they were large enough to hold a phone). Shoppers also remarked that this dress was perfectly oversized and just short enough, making it the "perfect go to easy outfit" since the overall proportions also played well with skinny jeans. One fan gushes, "The pockets are amazing and the material isn’t itchy at all. It looks great paired with tall boots, but I’m sure you could rock some leggings and ankle boots and it would look just as amazing. Totally worth the price." Available colors: 11 Available sizes: Small - X-Large 6 A Chic Minimalist Maxi Dress In Cashmere Wool
This super-chic, ribbed
maxi sweater dress is your gateway to living in a soft, thick and luxurious 12-gauge, two-ply cashmere blend at a very reasonable price point. The refined turtleneck silhouette and not-too-long maxi length create one seriously elegant yet everyday-wearable dress. “Best sweater dress yet,” one shopper commented. “The dress is soft, comfortable, and drapes nicely. Very nice against the skin. It is form-fitting, but not tight,” noted another. You can wear it with sneaker or mules, and the hem is short enough to look balanced with boots. Available colors: 5 Available sizes: 4/6 - 12/14 7 This Pretty Wrap Sweater Dress With A Statement Back
mock wrap sweater dress, complete with an open cut-out back, is a comfortable yet feminine spin on the style. “It’s super soft and comfy, like an oversized sweater or hoodie level comfort,” one reviewer reported. “I loved everything about this sweater dress. Fabulous orange color, great workmanship and thick knit feel and it fits better than I expected,” says another. Plus, you can snag this pretty style in lots of bolder colors in addition to the classics. Available colors: 9 Available sizes: Small - X-Large 8 A Versatile Mini Sweater Dress With A Cowl Neck
mini sweater dress in a subtle (yet substantial) rib knit is an adaptable piece you will likely get a lot of mileage out of. Its not-too-big cowl neck is relaxed, with just enough structure to look polished when you want to dress it up. You can wear it alone or with a pair of tights or leggings. One reviewer noted, "The fabric is soft and elegant. Not too short, not too long. Thick, but no(t) too thick." Plus, shoppers remarked that they were impressed with the quality and fit, especially for the price. Available colors: 12 Available sizes: X-Small - XX-Large 9 This Pretty Sash Tie Dress That Goes From Day To Night Flawlessly
fitted crewneck sweater dress with a sash tie waist is perfect for the office and beyond. Pair it with booties or kitten heels to dress it up or down. Its hemline falls just above the knee, which pairs well with any kind of shoe and will see you through almost any degree of formality (or lack thereof). "It is the perfect sweater material, it isn't too bulky," one shopper commented. "The material is soft and not scratchy like I have found in some other sweater dresses." Available in three soft-focus neutrals, this helps round out the basics. Available colors: 3 Available sizes: X-Small - Large 10 A Stretchy Turtleneck Dress In Gorgeous Colors
Add a bit of color to your capsule wardrobe with this sophisticated
fitted turtleneck midi dress. It comes in rich jewel tones and springy pastels, plus colorblock options and classic neutrals. Shoppers raved about the juxtaposition of classic lines with a close fit, citing its (blissfully stretchy) comfort. "Yes this dress right here is it," one reviewer commented. Available colors: 20 Available sizes: X-Small - XX-Large 11 This Classic Cable Knit Dress That's So Cozy & Warm
cable knit dress is a subtle way to incorporate pattern, and this one's mid-thigh length means it can be worn with any type of shoe and isn't too long to pair with skinny jeans or leggings. Shoppers loved the close fit and cozy style, noting especially the rich colors and design, saying this budget-friendly little number often outshines other dresses hanging in their closet. According to one reviewer, "I was really surprised with how nice this sweater dress was! This thing is thick and super warm, the reviews are not kidding when they say it keeps you toasty." You can even pick up a matching dress in a thick turtleneck style with or without patch pockets so all your bases are covered. , as well as additional styles Available colors: 8 Available sizes: Small - X-Large 12 A Budget-Friendly Dress That Looks Luxe
relaxed midi dress, in a feather-light 12-gauge, two-ply Mongolian cashmere blend, looks so minimalist luxe. It is one dress you might buy in black and then quickly want it in camel and gray too. Style it for weekend errands with a denim jacket and white canvas sneakers, or channel edgy minimalism with a pair of matching mules. "Fits just like my expensive dresses," one shopper declared. Another reviewer commented, "Beautiful dress. Exactly as described. True to size. This dress is so warm and soft." Available colors: 7 Available sizes: X-Small - X-Large 13 This Elegant Sleeveless Sweater Dress
sleeveless sweater dress, with a graceful bateau neckline and flared skirt, is demurely dressed-up for day to night. Reviewers love the “luxurious” weight of the sweater knit and the classic tailoring that is sharp enough to transition from work to a cocktail party. One reviewer says that it was "absolutely perfect. Luxurious heavy knit fabric. Gentle stretch to follow your shape without clinging tightly." Several other shoppers echoed that the style and value for the money were significant, especially since it makes an elegant cocktail dress with statement heels and a clutch. Available colors: 3 Available sizes: X-Small - X-Large