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Tuesday, October 20th 2009

Fine Knits: Finding the Perfect Sweater Dress

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Falling leaves, crisp air, and the opportunity to pull my cache of sweater dresses out of storage. What’s not to like about fall? As much as I love the sweater-skinnies-UGG boots uniform I so often fall back on this time of year, some days I feel like looking a little more put-together. Last week I picked up this knit dress by Catherine Malandrino, and though it’s my current favorite (due in no small part to the petal-pink lining that sweetly peeks through the black knit), it certainly won’t be substantial enough when the weather veers into sub-zero territory. So I’ve been scanning Shopbop’s sweater dresses, and I settled on one that will keep me both chic and cozy.

The kimono sleeves and low-slung belt on the cashmere Joie dress (pictured) piqued my interest, but it was the warm fabric that reeled me in. I’ll add depth by pairing it with lace LNA leggings or the unique Orchid Tights by Nightcap Clothing (check out this Who What Wear story for pics of fashion’s finest wearing the patterned tights trend). A mixed-metal necklace will break up all the black, and flat boots provide the finishing touch. The best part? Such a classic dress will still feel current when I pull it out again next fall.

--Tonya

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