As we approach sweater weather, it’s high time to fill your closets with a cosy staple: knit dresses.

The beauty of the knit dress, or the sweater dress, is that it’s universally flattering regardless of your body shape and height (how convenient is it that they come in midi and maxi options?). It’s also soft and easy to slip on, yet that level of comfort is matched with sophistication. A high collar here and a side slit there is all it takes to elevate the minimal column dress.

For something so basic, it’s also incredibly versatile. With jewellery, the knit dress becomes a viable evening option for wining and dining in. With sneakers, it becomes the look you don’t have to think too hard about as you’re running off on an errand or heading out to lunch.

Above all, the knit dress is perfect for working from home in. It’s practically loungewear, except it won’t leave you looking underdressed when you hop onto a Zoom meeting. Did we mention it’s versatile?

Whether you’re heading out or staying in, we’ve rounded up some elegant knit dresses to keep you warm in the coming months.

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1
The Line By K ribbed stretch-cotton jersey dress

There are plenty of stretch jersey dresses on the market, but what we love about this cream one from The Line By K is that it features darted cups — a nice, bustier-inspired detail. The dress is made to be figure-hugging, but you can always unbutton the skirt for a looser fit.

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Price
S$171
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2
Staud two-tone ribbed stretch-knit cardigan

L.A. label Staud makes dresses as distinctive as their handbags. Case in point: this “Shoko” dress, which is split right in the middle into two colours. If the colour-blocking is too loud for you, unbutton the dress and layer it over a tank and skinny jeans as an intriguing cardigan.

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Price
S$200
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3
Nanushka one-sleeve tie-detailed stretch-knit midi dress

Aside from colour-blocking, another unexpected spin on the knit dress is proposed by Nanushka. This asymmetric mustard dress comes with only one sleeve, which you can balance with a tank or a patterned turtleneck underneath. Finish off the outfit with a pair of boots for a grungy vibe.

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Price
S$487
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4
Bassike ribbed stretch organic cotton-jersey maxi dress

This Bassike maxi dress isn’t just green, it’s made green. The sustainable Australian label designed it with organic cotton-jersey, which means you can feel and look good in it. Adorn yourself with a pair of bejewelled earrings and you’ll be ready for that Zoom call in no time.

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Price
S$308
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5
Totême ribbed-knit midi dress

Totême’s brand of Scandi chic shines through the clean lines of its minimal “Orville” dress. With its long sleeves and side slits, this sweater dress is a sophisticated option to throw on if you’re heading out on a date — just add a pair of strappy heels.

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Price
S$386
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6
Jil Sander crochet-hem knitted cotton-mouline dress

This Jil Sander dress boasts an incredible texture, thanks to its chunky ribbed knit and crocheted hem. It also comes in a rich, rosy hue that is a breath of fresh air from all the neutral colours that the knit dress is often offered in. Adorn yourself with some chunky jewellery pieces to elevate the look for your next trip to town.

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Price
S$640
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7
Jacquemus off-white alpaca and wool-blend dress

Jacquemus had a hand in making knit dresses as alluring as they are to us today. You can see why in this “La Robe Dao” dress, which features a slit on the front and an equally skin-baring scoop-neck collar. It’s also designed to hug your body in the most flattering way with ribbed trims along the waist and cuffs. Complete the look with a statement necklace.

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Price
S$808
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Pameyla Cambe
Senior Writer
Pameyla Cambe is a fashion and jewellery writer who believes that style and substance shouldn't be mutually exclusive. She makes sense of the world through Gothic novels, horror films and music. Lots of music.