If you're going to invest in one piece this autumn, then it has to be your pick of the many jumper dresses around this season. Not only are they the perfect trans-seasonal staple for the weather we're having right now, but they're perfect for dressing up at home. And we all know we'll be spending quite some time there.
Whilst the knitwear has been around in various guises over the past few decades, it saw a real resurrection on the catwalk during the February Fashion Weeks. At Victoria Beckham, Rejina Pyo and Christopher Kane, it became sexy thanks to strategically-placed cut-out details. At Isabel Marant and Akris, it went slouchy with a hint of the 80s, while Kenzo and Givenchy also elevated the simple staple.
Practically speaking, jumper dresses come in all shapes and sizes, so whatever your sartorial preference, there is guaranteed a style to suit. For figure-flattering options, this season's 90s mood has provided many ribbed, bodycon styles for you to try.
Opt for something that falls mid-length to get your look right. Or, if you want something a little more grown-up and luxe, invest in something cashmere, you won't regret it. Opt for a midaxi length (hitting just above the ankle) for an effortless day-to-night look.
Layering is also key this season, so open for a button-down dress which you can wear over wide leg knitted trousers and leggings. You're never too cosy at home.
It's beautifully easy to style as well. Team it with a pair of chunky loafers or minimal heels at home, and swap over for some combat boots when you're out and about. Throw over a camel coat, and you'll hit that sweet spot between dressy and casual.
There are just so many ways to wear this trend, and I've rounded-up the best new season styles to buy right now.
Layer this caramel beauty under a leather trench for extra style points.
Investing in cashmere means this dress will last you for seasons to come. Just make sure you debobble it regularly.
This chic dress will look great layered under a chunky cardigan.
Opt for a shorter style if you’re going to wear it with high boots. I love the pink hue of this dress, which can be dressed up with heels come evening.
The tie waist detail elevates this & Other Stories style above your standard jumper dress.
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Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).
Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at MoneySavingExpert.com, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.
However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.
Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.
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