A good capsule wardrobe couldn’t really call itself such without a handful of staples that you reach for year after year, and a key piece that has undisputed status in this category is the knitted dress. With colder temperatures on the horizon, the cosy style is undoubtedly one of the most versatile and effortlessly chic styles to have in your winter arsenal. Thankfully, both the high street and top designers tend to release classic and contemporary takes on this coveted style the moment summer is over, meaning that whatever your aesthetic, you’re sure to find a dress that suits.
One of the reasons knitted dresses are so popular is the fact that they can be styled in so many different ways. Mini or midi versions can look polished with help from this season’s trending knee-high boot, while autumn’s other popular shoe style, the ballet flat, gives a little Parisian flare to a slouchy, oversized silhouette. This season, you’ll also see plenty of maxi versions, which pair equally well with a sharp blazer and with a long tailored coat.
The versatility of the knitted dress also makes it a great option for day-to-night wear. Swap sneakers for strappy heels, add a chunky necklace or hoops and you’ve got an easy yet striking evening look that will hold up against the autumn chill.
Interested in adding a knitted dress to your wardrobe? Keep scrolling to shop my edit of some of the best knitted dresses available now, for all budgets. Plus, see how some of my favourite influencers wear the trend.
Abisola demonstrates the expert way to wear this season’s trending maxi dress silhouette.
Aimee looking incredibly beautiful and comfy in her knit dress.
The perfect example of how to dress up a simple knit with statement boots.
Anouk’s slouchy cable-knit dress is given a refined touch thanks to the ballet pumps—the shoe of the season.
Tylynn shows how a belt can add just the right amount of definition.
This thick, dark grey dress could be styled in so many ways throughout the season.
The long sleeves, fine knit and long ribbed texture give this a really elevated feel.
A great option for those looking for a mini style—add this season’s trending knee high boots and a floor sweeping coat, and you’re set.
I love the subtle leg split on this understated style.
With the elegant v-neckline, this dress could easily go from day to night.
This style is so sleek—add a belt for extra definition.
You can always trust M&S to create an understatedly sophisticated wardrobe staple.
This looks like it’s jumped right out of the Nineties.
A great option for cosy workwear.
Maxis are the skirt length of this season, and this style has such an effortlessly cool vibe.
Pair this form-fitting dress with knee high boots for day, and strappy sandals for night.
This looks irresistably cosy.
Contrast the softness of the bouclé texture by pairing with sneakers.
This button-down shirt style is so timeless.
Bonus points for this heavy-knit dress as it’s crafted from responsibly sourced wool.
The fishtail hem sets this style apart.
Red is the colour of the season, and Rixo’s vintage-inspired style is spot on trend.
Add a belt to a this figure-hugging maxi dress for extra polish.
A beige knitted dress + dark knee-high boots = a match made in heaven.
With its roll-neck and perfectly draped maxi skirt, this dress looks especially elegant. Even better news—it’s made with 70% recycled cashmere.
A deliciously slouchy style.
Wear with a blazer for work, and come the evening, remove it to reveal the drop back.
This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.