Fashion Trend: The sweater dress

Although this trend first hit the streets a year ago, it does not seem to be slowing down.  As the weather continues to creep south, more and more sweater dresses are making it out of the closet and back into the spotlight.  This versatile piece can be worth dressy or comfy, but is always sure to make a fashionable statement.

Below are some new ways to style the sweater dress.  What are some of your favorite fashion trends?

By adding a crisp white shirt under the dress creates a new way to show off the sweater dress.  Perfect for the office with a low boot, opaque tights and a bling bracelet.

(1) Slim stretch shirt, $59.50, J. Crew (2) Ribbed cowlneck sweater dress, $89.50, Banana Republic (3) Audrey Slim Triangle Briefcase, $235, Lodis (4) Beaded stretch bracelet, $26.50, Express (5) Opaque Tights, $12, Urban Outfitters (6) Bertek Zipper & Buckle Short Boots, $139, Enzo Angiolini (Lord & Taylor)

A perfect outfit, complete with a glam long necklace and tall boots, when running from the office to the bar.  The monochromatic nature of this outfit establishes a professional, yet still sexy, look.

(1) Multi-chain leaf necklace, $48, Banana Republic (2) Italian merino sweater dress, $110, Banana Republic (3) Campo bag, $298, J. Crew (4) Sheer Tights, $12, Urban Outfitters (5) Shanti Boot, $298, Via Spiga

For a casual look, try pairing the sweater dress with capri tights and flats.  Easy, comfy and stylish.

(1) Cropped knit legging, $28, Banana Republic (2) Crochet Lurex Sweater Tunic, $68, Arden B. (3) Silver Long Belcher Charm Necklace, $198, Philosophy by Alberta Ferretti (4) Calvin, $83, DV by Dolce Vita

By simply adding some accessories, the simple sweater dress creates a dramatic and fashionable statement.  Dark leggings and shoes melt away into the background and help keep the focus on the dress and its statement accessories.

(1) Garnet Flower Pin, $25, White House Black Market (2) Tucking Sweater Dress, $128, Guess (3) Wide equestrian belt, $60, Banana Republic (4) Trinitie Pump, $79.95, Steve Madden (5) Mini Rib Tight, $14, Urban Outfitters
For a night out, leave the leggings at home and, instead, grab a fun clutch and large earrings.
(1) Rattan Frame Clutch, $379, Rafe (2) Cowl-Neck Sweater Dresses, $36.50, Old Navy (3) Tinsel Earrings, $575, Eddie Borgo (Barney’s) (4) Carrilena, $98.95, Guess

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