How to Wear A Jumper Dress – Plus Body Shape Tips

Now that the weather has cooled I have started looking for some new cosy pieces to add to my wardrobe. One favourite is a sweater dress. But they can be tricky, so here are my tips for how to wear a jumper dress and some options for different body shapes.

How to Wear A Jumper Dress – General Tips

My first recommendation is to get what goes underneath it right. There are a couple of things to consider. Firstly, if you are going to wear tights with it add a slip, especially if it isn’t 100% wool, because it could stick to your legs and ride up as you walk, creating static.

Secondly, if it is a snug fit dress you may want to wear a one piece or some smoothing underwear, so that you don’t see any lumps or bumps. I hate wearing shape wear and would probably only wear it for a special night out. So below I have linked some slips and a few pieces of light shape wear, but I think rather than shoehorn yourself into anything that cuts off the blood supply, choose a dress that skims and sits smoothly with the help of a slip.

What to put underneath:


Personally, I prefer to wear a jumper dress with boots or opaque tights. Unless it is a very fine knit or an evening version, I think they look better with sturdier footwear.

Another alternative and one popular this season, is to create 3 looks by adding a pair of trousers. Choose a matching pair if you can find them or go with the same colour or a printed pair with the same colour in the print.

How to wear a jumper dress, red knit dress worn alone, with trousers, red knit trousers pink sweater

Red dress // Trousers // Shoes // Alternative Jumper //  Brown bag //

If your dress bags by the end of the day, wash it following the instructions then gently pull it back into shape before drying it flat. Don’t worry if you get some bobbles, just gently remove them with a wool comb. It isn’t a sign that the dress is poor quality, wool garments do shed naturally, just like a dog or cat looses fur. Once you have washed it a few times it should stop shedding. I wash all of my wool and cashmere on the hand wash programme of my washing machine with a special gentle detergent (you will find plenty of options in the supermarket).

How to Wear A Jumper Dress to Suit Your Body Shape – Pear

How to wear a jumper dress, Boden Green knit dress with frill neck

This green dress is perfect for a Pear shape. It shows off a slim waist, then skims out over the hips. Plus the frilled neck widens the shoulders to balance with the hips.

Choose an A line dress, then layer on your top half with a Gilet.

How to wear a jumper dress, black blue A line jumper dress, blue boots, fur gilet, cross body bag

Dress // Gilet // Bag // Boots //

How to Wear A Jumper Dress to Suit Your Body Shape – Straight

How to wear a jumper dress, Hobbs navy fairisle knitted dress

This Fairisle detail dress works well on a straight body shape and has a lovely neckline detail to draw the eye.

I’ve chosen a coat with button front detailing to create a straight line. You could add a thin waist belt to add some shape to the dress.

How to wear a jumper dress, deep plum knitted dress, check coat, pink belt and boots

Dress // Coat // Belt // Boots //


How to Wear A Jumper Dress to Suit Your Body Shape – Hourglass

How to wear a jumper dress, Boden knitted dress with multi coloured striped skirt

Choose a dress that hugs your curves. This stripe skirt knit dress is perfect with it’s defined waist and scoop neckline. The sleeves with their curved shape mirror your curves too.

Another great option for an hourglass is a wrap dress. Cinch in the waist with a belt to show off your curves.

How to wear a jumper dress, black wrap knit dress, Hobbs camel coat, animal print belt and bag, tan boots

Dress // Coat // Belt // Bag // Boots //

How to Wear A Jumper Dress to Suit Your Body Shape – Apple

How to wear a jumper dress, Lands End cowl neck blue knitted dress

The trick with an apple body shape is to find a dress that has some weight to it, like this cowl neck knitted dress, but isn’t too thick that it adds bulk.

Accessories will play an important part, by drawing the eye away from the tummy area. Add interesting detail at the neck, or if you have great legs, which apples often do, wear a fabulous pair of shoes or boots.

How to wear a jumper dress, pale blue roll neck knit dress, blue grey wrap, navy bag, LK Bennett velvet boots

Dress // Wrap // Necklace // Bag // Boots //

Now I have answered all of your questions about how to wear a jumper dress will you be adding one to your wardrobe?

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