Want to feel cozy, comfortable and a little French? Try on a sweater dress | Fashion
EEvery time I wear a sweater dress I wonder why I am wearing something else. There is actually no better fall outfit. The judge’s decision is final and she will not take any further questions at this time. In a sweater dress, I feel a little mysterious, maybe a little French. Which is miraculous, since I have absolutely no mystique and I am not French at all. Still, in a sweater dress, I kind of feel like I’m about to have a chic solo dinner while reading a novel in a neighborhood bistro, before heading home, probably wrapping up a trench coat. coat, under the softly glowing street lamps. I imagine myself to be the type of person who makes occasional concise contributions to the conversation, rather than the onlooker that I really am. The type of woman who has great posture and an interesting collection of ceramics.
But above all, I feel really comfortable. As comfortable as I am in a tracksuit – more, in fact. Is it too early to speak ill of the tracksuit – the nuns’ habit of confinement? It starts to feel like a hangover after spending too much time at home. Stockholm Syndrome, the fashion edition.
It still seems vaguely blasphemous to bring up the fact that loungewear isn’t exactly an aesthetic delight, except maybe on Hailey Bieber, but maybe it’s time to gently release it. To rethink for ourselves, rather than wearing the same thing as everyone else on your Zoom screen. Comfort is everything, yes, but it’s not just about an elasticated waist. I would risk guessing that I am not alone among adult women as I feel more confident – and therefore more relaxed – in a sweater dress than in a tracksuit.
If there is one catch with the sweater dress, it is the danger of overheating. Resist these ultra-luxurious, extra-heavyweight turtleneck styles. The kind of sweater dresses that feature in movies and glossy magazines tend to be the over-the-top, fluffy dresses that frame your face with their oversized funnel necklines and radiate glamorous aprÃ¨s-ski vibe until yours. cheeks turn red and your hair begins to cling wet to your scalp. Cozy is good – especially now when outdoor decks and open windows are part of the social landscape – but feeling like you’ve been sewn into a blanket isn’t. Better to be light and layer the thermals when the temperatures drop.
My favorite knit dress is the one I bought from a Jil Sander Uniqlo collection. (Every piece I have from these collections is a treasure, FYI.) Made from lightweight merino wool, it’s ribbed – the ribbed knit is form-fitting for those of us who feel their Lycra days are behind them – and easy to dress. Blazer and chunky biker boots for the day; a tangle of gold chains and a sandal for dinner. It gets back into shape satisfactorily with a 30C machine wash, but if I was looking for a new purchase this season I would have gone to Cos or & Other Stories.
The latest runway run – which featured next spring’s collections, but there’s nothing stopping you from getting started in the new look – featured loose, crew-neck knit dresses that are elongated versions of your favorite sweater.
Look for Marilyn Monroe in Let’s Make Love, Brigitte Bardot on the set of Two Weeks in September, or Gigi Hadid at the 2019 CFDA Awards. One of them should convince you, if I haven’t.
But really, you should take my word for it. Because a woman in a sweater dress is always worth listening to.