Cozy is always trendy.

By Hana Hong
November 20, 2020
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I still remember my very first sweater dress (a gray cable-knit my mom found on the clearance rack at Macy’s) and falling in love with the sartorial combination. Getting the coziness of an oversized sweater without having to match a pair of pants to wear it with, in my opinion, is pure genius. They also solve the problem of figuring out what to wear for a dressier occasion when you don’t want to squeeze into a skin-tight getup. Although that first gray dress eventually met its frayed end (RIP) after a bad trip to the washing machine, it allowed me to fall in love with the category—and I’ve been wearing them ever since. Plus, the options have come a long way since then—from chunky turtlenecks to balloon sleeves and ankle-sweeping styles, here are some of the coziest and most stylish finds you’ll want to wear repeatedly.

$80; mango.com

Nothing screams fall quite like a super-oversized sweater—even more so when it’s in this pleasing creamsicle shade. You can let the cable knit do all the talking, but it also pairs seamlessly with some minimalistic accessories.

$128, madewell.com

In a season where we tend to lean toward neutral basics, a color-blocked sweater is an easy way to give autumn ensembles a fresh burst of energy. Featuring a thick merino wool, this ribbed sweater dress features a playful pattern that is colorful without being tacky.

$37, amazon.com

If you want a form-fitting silhouette, this chunky cable-knit find from Amazon can be optimized for casual or formal wear. Over 1,000 satisfied reviewers say it's easy to wash and won't show signs of pilling. Wear it with everything from a killer pair of heels to your favorite knee-high boots. 

$45, boohoo.com

Consider your next (virtual) holiday party outfit planned. Bejeweled, speckled sequins transform an otherwise basic knitwear to give off a chic marled effect. 

$45, asos.com

When you think of a midi sweater dress, you probably picture it modestly. But pair it with a thigh slit and the fall staple becomes a bit sexier. This black number is one of those rare pieces that layers really well over and under most garments. 

$98, express.com

This isn't your average sweater dress—balloon sleeves get a feminine twist with open-knit stitching and ribbed cuffs. The unique fabric can even be machine-washed—although we recommend placing it inside a mesh washing bag first.