Best knitted jumper dresses for style and warmth this autumn

With summer a distant memory and Christmas just around the corner (we can’t believe it either ……) ), now is the perfect time to start investing in a new season’s closet – there’s nothing cozier than a warm jumper on a new day.

I forget how to dress when the weather changes is an annual struggle. How many layers should I wear? Will a coat be too warm? Am I going to freeze to death at night? Well, knit dresses are the all-in-one solution to this problem.

During your months of walking the tricky transitional tightrope, you should look for a lightweight or sleeveless design that will keep you warm without the risk of overheating as soon as you enter a heated building or sauna-level plumbing. Consider pairing it with sneakers or even sandals at the generous height of an Indian summer.

When the icy mornings start to arrive, a cashmere roll neck style like Joseph’s, essentially a super soft blanket with arms, will help you get through the days of getting out of bed and braving the cold. To beat the cold, add another jacket, black tights, and short boots to enjoy the elements entirely.

The good news is that the options are endless. A classic staple that has been the focus of fashion for the past few cold seasons, every brand from high street to high end has its version of something to keep the cold out. Better yet, once you choose the right style, it will be your winter companion for years to come.

Whether your style is bold and colorful, soft and understated, or somewhere in between, we’ve rounded up a selection to suit any taste and budget.

Joseph Pure Cashmere Dress

You’ll want Joseph’s cashmere sweater for a warm hug on a cold day. Made from super soft Mongolian cashmere in a relaxed fit with dropped shoulders and a roll neck, it’s a cozy garment you’ll never want to take off. This timeless style will never go out of style, and it’s an investment that will stand the test of time.

Cos Knitted MIdi Tube Dress

Knitted dresses don’t just have to be for the daytime, and Cos’ tube dress is the perfect option for the many evening events that are filling your social calendar. Designed in a bold cobalt blue, it’s a figure-hugging number with shaping at the waist to highlight the silhouette – and a touch of stretch for added comfort. Made using 43 per cent recycled fabric, it’s a sustainable option that won’t break the bank.

Mango Knit Openwork Detail Sweater

For a homey look, Mango’s cutout detail dress fits the bill. It’s made from thick knit and has long sleeves and a high neck, making it perfect for days when there’s a chill in the air. Pair it with gold jewelry and neutral tones for an effortlessly neat look.

Staud Shoko Two-tone Ribbed-Knit Jersey Midi Dress

Known for their playful use of colour, LA-based brand Staud’s two-tone knitted dress has an earthy palette that’s fit for autumn. Cut to a slim silhouette, it buttons down the front and features a slit for freedom of movement. A mid-weight knit, it’s a dress that will see you through the warmer months in ribbed-knit style.

Me+Em Fashioned Rib A-Line Knit Dress

London-based brand Me+Em’s mission is to create stylish, quality staples for women at an acceptable price – and the only place you can buy their designs is directly from them. This bright, sleeveless design features a fitted A-line silhouette that will make you stand out in a crowd.

Arket High-Neck Knitted Dress

If you want to roll out of bed but don’t feel like you have, Arket’s wool dress is the one for you. Designed with a loose, straight silhouette that falls below the knee, it’s an easy-to-wear piece whether you’re taking a walk in the park or lounging at home. A master at creating timeless classics, this is a piece you can wear for years to come.

Whistles Willow Striped Knitted Dress

Made as a limited run, Whistles’ knitted dress is an exclusive piece that you’d be sad to miss out on. With stripes in neutral colours, it has a homespun feel that could be worn as easily for a day strolling around the countryside as for a day exploring the city. Pair with the matching cardigan to complete the look.

Jigsaw Ribbed Slouchy Jumper Dress

Jigsaw’s Merino Knit Dress is comfort at its finest. Made from super soft wool, it has a relaxed fit, dropped shoulders, and wide sleeves, making it a dress you’ll want to wear every day. Consider layering some extra warmth over a pair of loose black pants when there’s a chill in the air.

Reformation Alexei Knit Dress

Perhaps not the warmest knit dress, but certainly the sexiest, Reformation’s slim fit is an LBD that makes a statement. Featuring a central front cutout, spaghetti straps, and long sleeves, it’s a feminine design that’s perfect for those who want to step out in style. Pair it with a black dress for a chic monochromatic outfit.

Loulou Studio Alby Striped Cable-Knit Merino Wool and Cashmere-Blend Midi Dress

When you only have minutes to get ready, you’ll be pleased you’ve got Parisian brand Loulou Studio’s cable knit dress folded (never hanging!) in your wardrobe. Cable knitted from merino wool and cashmere patterned with contrasting stripes, it’s a graphic design that looks dressed up, even with minimum effort. Tuck your hair into the neck to amp up the look.


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