14 reasons you need a knit dress right now. Shop these knit dresses you can wear day or night, for polished and casual looks.

Knit Dress

One of our favorite cold-weather staples is a knit dress. Whether you prefer a mini, midi, or maxi; want to splurge on cashmere or save on a cotton blend—a knit dress is definitely worth trying on for size. 

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If you’re a dress lover but struggle to transition some of your favorite looks to colder weather, this is the closet essential for you.

Crafted of a sweater knit—cable knit, ribbed, chunky ply, and more—a knit dress is the go-to for fall and winter that will keep you warm and looking polished, no matter where you’re headed.

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When it comes to knit dresses (or sweater dresses), our favorites run the gamut, however. We love a mini dress that looks more like an oversized sweater, topped with a longline blazer and leather Chelsea boots.

If you’re looking for something dressier, go for a midi style that is crafted of a ribbed cashmere that hugs your frame in all the right places.

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Hey, you might even want a maxi that nearly grazes the floor and features a cutout or exposed back that reminds all who see you that a knit dress is, in fact, nothing like your everyday crewneck sweater.

In all materials and for all budgets, shop the best knit dresses for cold weather ahead. You might very well never wear another item of clothing all winter long. We certainly wouldn’t blame you.

OUR TOP PICKS

1.

Michelle Smith Cashmere V-Neck Dress

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There’s little more luxe than a cashmere dress and this one is an easeful throw-on-and-go. It flows perfectly and boasts a deep V neckline for morning, noon, or night wear.

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Reformation Cashmere Sweater Mini Dress

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If you like colors, go for color with a rainbow striped knit mini dress made of cashmere for a luxe take on a childhood trend. For a colder weather, throw on a cardigan.

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Sablyn Knit Dress

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Dip your toe into that disco vibe with flared sleeves and a bodycon mini silhouette. Drive the trend home by styling it with knee-high go go boots. Want more? Wear a bucket hat to have that cool-girl vibe.

RELATED: Designer Bucket Hats Worth the Splurge.

4.

Michael Kors Collection Ribbed Cashmere Turtleneck Dress

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Jump head-first into color with this bright pink turtleneck cashmere dress. With a simple silhouette complete with a turtleneck and shift shape, you can take other head-turning liberties with ease.

5.

Polo Ralph Lauren Wool-Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater Dress

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Who better than Ralph Lauren to turn to for a cable knit dress style? In aptly named College Green, this preppy turtleneck dress takes your favorite sweater to the next level for cold weather months. Pair it with a corduroy jacket to make your fall outfit standout more.

6.

Vince Space Dye Knit Dress

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Get a little psychedelic with an ombré stripe knit dress in a midi silhouette, designed in pretty hues of blue.

7.

Valentino Studded Striped Knit Mini Dress

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Leave it to Valentino to design the perfect preppy knit dress with a nautical vibe. In red, white, and blue striped, this collared knit mini dress is a great way to rock the trend.

8.

Raey Responsible Cashmere-Blend Backless Dress

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This knit dress is all about what lies behind it. With a long silhouette and totally open back, it’s a sultry evening look, even when wearing cashmere.

9.

Altuzarra Masika Knit Dress

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One of the knit dress greats is Altuzarra, a designer who crafts the perfect lightweight knit silhouette with raps, ties, and the like to keep it interesting for day or night. If you want to make the look more interesting, slip a sweater vest over!

RELATED: Best 14 Sweater Vests for Tricky Transitional Weather

10.

Zara Knit Midi Dress

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Go bright with a happy yellow tone. This knit midi dress is perfect for the coldest days of winter when your drab seasonal wardrobe needs a little lift.

RELATED: Best Midi Dresses That Strike The Perfect Length

11.

Joie Knit Dress

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If you’re an old Celine fan, this is the knit dress for you. With a colorful striped pattern, body-hugging silhouette, and mid-calf length, it’s a great dress to wear with flats by day and heels by night, no matter the season.

12.

Mango Ribbed Turtleneck Dress

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We love this sweater dress! For the girl looking for that easeful throw-on-and-go that’s both slouchy as well as elevated, this is the look for you. It’s mid-length and elegant, but boasts a slightly looser silhouette for a more casual vibe when dressed down.

13.

Theory Long-Sleeve Pleated Mini Sweater Dress

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Just because you’re wearing a knit dress doesn’t mean it can’t feel tailored. Theory has crafted one with just enough detail, featuring a flowing knife-pleated skirt and classic knit top.

RELATED: 14 Pleated Skirts to Dress Your Preppiest This Fall

14.

Something Navy Bustier Sweater Dress

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For a sultry take on the trend, slip into this bustier look via a ribbed Something Navy knit dress. It looks totally structured but feels just as comfortable as your favorite pair of pajamas.

15.

Reformation Cashmere Sweater Dress

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Want to feel as good as you’ll look? You’ll be reaching for this classic, earth-friendly knit midi dress every day this winter with its fit and flare silhouette that hugs your frame in all the right places.

Pro Tip

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Don’t go too tight when it comes to your knit dresses. They should either fit in a way that is intentionally slouchy and oversized, or slimmer—grazing your frame without hugging it.

Once you go knit dress, you might never go back. We certainly feel that way.

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