After yesterdays post on sweater dresses, I made a mad dash to the mall to try some on. Many of you remember wearing sweater dresses in your 30’s and 40’s, but few wear them now. Most said they doubt they’d wear one again. I think I know why.
An online search for sweater dresses frequently brings up images of young, very thin women wearing tight, skimpy or clingy sweater dresses. I knew that was not how I wanted to look and dug deeper to find non-clingy ones that look stylish.
Case in point. This dress. It’s on sale and has lots of potential. The fabric is soft and warm with stretch built in so it doesn’t bag out. I wore it all day yesterday and loved how comfortable it is.
The following collage shows some styling options.
I think the wide suede belt looks too heavy for the dress but would work on a taller woman. The narrower belt works for my height but I would prefer it in suede. I’d also prefer suede knee boots to these leather ones.
Closed toe booties would obviously be better than my peep-toed ones. They are now on my keep an eye out for list.
The success of a sweater dress for women over 50 involves fit, silhouette and fabric. Clingy is seldom flattering so A-line or straight shifts are more likely to be flattering. Thin knits tend to show our lumps and bumps so look for fabric with some weight to it. A belt can change the entire look of the dress and add shaping without cling.
My other sweater dresses are on their way and I hope they perform as well as this little inexpensive one.
Thanks for reading and have a great day!
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