AKA: poor boy shift, cardigan dress
How to say it: swet-er dres
- styled like a long sweater
- may or may not have waistline
- comes in various styles
21st Century Sweater Dresses
The sweater dress continues to be a regular fall/winter favourite in the 21st century. Thick and chunky or thin and slim-line, the sweater dress is a chic way to stay warm in the colder months and perfect with a nude leg, skinny jean or a pair of tights.
DSQUARED2, Lilly Pulitzer
Maison Scotch, McQ Alexander McQueen
…of the style: While people have been knitting wool into garments for centuries, it wasn’t until the 1930s that the sweater dress was introduced into women’s fashion. Essentially a longer version of a regular sweater (or jumper depending on where you live) the sweater dress remained popular throughout the 1940s, got even more popular in the 50s, had become a fashion staple by the 60s, and has remained as such to the present day.
In the 21st century, the sweater dress continues to be a perennial favourite, gracing catwalks and high-street stores every fall and winter. Modern sweater dresses tend to be short, but full length ones do come along here and there, and the prevailing styles change with the seasons; yet the basic premise of the style never seems to changes.
…of the name: It is a dress version of a sweater, hence the name.
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