Our love of dresses is well documented. From the frocks that flatter every shape to the high street's hottest styles, we probably dedicate more article space to them than anything else. Why? Because they make life (read: getting ready in the morning) so much easier—just pop one on and go.
However, now that the new season is officially upon us, the floaty dresses we've been sporting for the last few months are no match for the plummeting temperatures. Which is why we're turning our attention to jumper dresses. Once upon a time, they were shapeless and scruffy-looking, but autumn/winter 2020 has seen the off-duty staple receive a serious gloss-over. So it's not a case of should we be wearing them, but how should we be wearing them now?
From timeless hues to versions that make your summer staples last even longer, we're taking cues from these five impeccably turned-out women on how to style a jumper dress now. Keep scrolling, and you too will be tempted to join the jumper dress club.
1. Printed Midi + Classic Accessories
Style Notes: Selecting a jumper dress that includes a print or pattern is an instant way to ensure your outfit feels unique. Pair alongside understated wardrobe staples such as black ankle boots and beige outerwear to emulate the timeless look that Camille Charrière created.
Chloé Hooded Leather-Trimmed Shearling Jacket (£4075)
Altuzarra Woodbine Striped Stretch-Knit Dress (£2000)
Polène Number Nine (£310)
Dune London Optical Stretch Sock Ankle Boots in Black (£120)
2. Mini Knitted Dress + Knee-High Boots
Style Notes: A mini-length jumper dress might not be the most practical item in your closet once the temperatures drop. Though, styling the piece alongside knee-high boots à la Jeanne Damas will ensure you stay warm.
& Other Stories Relaxed Belted Mini Dress (£55)
ASOS Design Marylebone Military Bootie (£870)
3. Knit Dress + Pleated Skirt
Style Notes: One guaranteed way to refresh your existing wardrobe staples is to experiment with layers. Take style inspiration from Ada Oguntodu and try layering a shorter jumper dress over a maxi skirt to create an entirely new look.
H&M Ribbed Polo-Neck Jumper (£35)
H&M Knitted Skirt (£20)
Mango Leather Boots With Tall Leg (£140)
4. Black Jumper Dress + Printed Bag
Style Notes: While a jumper dress in plain black is an undeniable classic, follow Alice Zielasko's cue to update the look by opting for an item with an interesting structure or unexpected cutout.
Christopher Esber Open-Back Ribbed-Knit Maxi Dress (£480)
Heist Studios The Polka Dot (£26)
Burberry Mini Check Cashmere and Leather Pocket Bag (£1150)
& Other Stories Chunky Sole Leather Chelsea Boots (£165)
5. Beige Midi + Black Boots
Style Notes: Neutral tones make perfect wardrobe staples, and as The Style Idealist proves, beige jumper dresses will be on high rotation this winter. Pair alongside ankle boots, heels or flats and finish with your favourite coat for a simple seasonal outfit formula.
Arket Knot-Detail Knitted Wool Dress (£99)
Dorothy Perkins Black ‘Amaria’ Boots (£26)
Thomas Sabo Gold-Tone Hoop Earrings (£59)
Polka Dot Dress + Beret + Brown Ankle Boots
A brown polka dot dress is a true style classic and will look good all year round. Just add a beret, roll neck and boots to update it for the winter months. Very Pretty Woman.
Alexachung Gathered Polka-Dot Crepe Midi Dress (£350)
Asos Design Wool Beret (£10)
Mango Heel Leather Ankle Boot (£60)
Arket Cashmere Roll-Neck Dress (£225)
7. Roll Neck Knit Dress + Sneakers
Sometimes you can't go wrong with the basics, and ASOS Lotte proves this point perfectly with her knitted roll neck, hoops and sneakers ensemble. Warm, chic and oh so cosy, a winning combo.
Veja Campo Textured-Leather Sneakers (£105)
Thomas Sabo Hoop Earrings (£119)
Suitably inspired by the jumper dress? Check out the other autumn wardrobe essentials we're currently buying in bulk.
This article originally appeared on Who What Wear
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