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What to wear this weekend: FEMAIL picks out the best knitted dresses

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What to wear this weekend: FEMAIL picks the best knit dresses for effortless style this season

  • Dinah Van Tulleken shares advice to embrace the knitted dress trend
  • British style expert recommends adding a blazer to brighten up a casual look
  • She reveals a selection of retailers currently stocking the seasonal trend










LOVE LOCKDOWN LOUNGEWEAR

During the lockdown, like everyone else, I got a little too comfortable in my loungewear. It was heavenly and there was nothing to hinder my post-lunch bloating. But in recent months I realized that wearing something as comfortable as pajamas (even silk) to the office wouldn’t be a lasting pandemic legacy.

KNITTED NIGHT THAT IS SUITABLE FOR IT WITH GALA

I turned out to be wrong. Let me introduce you to the knitted dress. We have to thank Chloe and her new creative director Gabriela Hearst for taking what is basically a knit nightgown and turning it into something so stylish you could wear it to the Met Gala.

Dinah Van Tulleken shares advice on how to embrace the knit dress trend for every occasion this season. Pictured: Double breasted blazer, £225, and knit dress, £225, both Iris & Ink at outnet.com; boots, £185, whistles.com

PRACTICALLY PERFECT AFTER PANDEMIC

Hearst’s fall/winter show for Chloe was a display of knit dreams: striped knit maxi dresses with matching color bags, knit sweaters with ruffles on the front, knit ponchos, and so on. She wasn’t alone. Stella McCartney, Fendi and Jil Sander all realized that the jumper dress is perfect to wear after the pandemic.

MAXI IS A MUST WITH COMFORT AND WARMTH

What’s not to love? It beautifully combines comfort and warmth. It’s body-skimming without being form-fitting. Or go XXL and curl up under a wearable winter blanket like the John Lewis design below. Try knitwear, layer yours with a chunky cardigan and an oversized scarf, or embellish it with a blazer like I did (right). It looks great with this season’s chunky sole boots, but it works just as well with a pair of heeled knee socks. Whatever accessories you choose, the key is to keep the dress long. Max is a must.

SHOP THE TREND NOW…

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