Tuesday, 1 November 2016

A knit dress is just as good for going out in as curling up on the sofa - effortless in fact

See by Chloe wool mini dress
This season’s little knit dresses clearly fall into three different styles and which you choose will totally depend on when you want to wear it.  The wonderful thing about a knit dress is that it has a lot of stretch and is designed to keep you cosy.  The not so good thing is that if you’re not careful with what you wear underneath you’ll show all sorts of things you don’t want to, from lines to too much Christmas pud. 

Bear in mind that these models are all tall – quite often 5’9 or 5’10 so unless you’re that tall the dress may not be quite so ‘mini’ as stated.

The first type of knit dress is better known as a sweater dress because that is really what it is, an elongated sweater.  These shouldn’t hug you all the way down, they can be more tunic shaped – i.e. long sweater – or my preference of fit and flare.  Either way they’re not necessarily the most flattering but by far the easiest to wear.  I particularly like Tory Burch rib knit dress and See by Chloe’s knit mini dress
Oasis high neck sweater dressGanni ruffled merino mini dressEquipment cashmere turtle neck mini dressTory Burch merino rib knit dressMo&Co stripe detail rib knit dress
Then you have the traditional body-con version of the knit dress which is everywhere.  It’s great for day and casual evenings and will, of course, keep you warm but this is the worst for lines and bulges (sorry but there is is).  So make sure that you’re figure is either built for one of these or you have the right things to wear underneath.  A body-con knit dress with a pattern will always be easier to wear than one without. 

Phase-Eight always has versions of these which work for most figures because of the design and the monochorome geo print I’ve noticed is steaming out of the stores.
Oasis glitter knit dressReiss berry knit dressPhase Eight block knit dressKaren Millen floral knit dressPhase Eight diagonal block knit dress
Finally there’s the black knit dress most of which will take you from day to evening.  They stretch, they’re flattering and if you get it right they’ll hide everything you want to hide.  Master of design of these is Sandro, whose dresses nearly always fit and flare, are beautifully made and reasonably priced compared to many designers.  They don’t hang around for very long either…..
Diane von Furstenberg stretch knit mini dressSandro Carmen knit dressKaren Millen ruffled knit dressSandro knitted dressTed Baker knit skater dress