If you’re mourning the loss of summer dress weather, you’re missing out on the abundant comfort of winter’s It-girl uniform – the knit dress. The best knit dresses are inherently chic and easy. They’re stretchy, cosy and endlessly versatile. The ease of wear means a knit dress looks put-together and polished despite minimal styling.
The genius of the best knit dresses lies in their drape. While clingy designs play into the trendy bodycon silhouette, loose and structured dresses still shape the waist before flaring out, creating a flattering silhouette. Then there’s also the fact that classic styles knit from wool and cashmere are great warm options. But that’s not to say silk, cotton and other synthetic fabrics can’t be knit into wonderful creations.
A knit dress is essentially a replacement for the little black dress come winter. Wear with fashion trainers and an easy jacket for a toned-down look to run errands or high-heeled boots and sparkling jewellery for a date night or party. There’s also a vast array of silhouettes and designs to pick from – classic cashmere and cable knit designs are universally beloved, but trendier silhouettes such as collared, cut-out and flared dresses are great options, too.
No matter your taste, there’s a knit dress for you and we’ve curated an edit of the best knit dresses to buy now and wear forever.
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