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How To Style A Knit Dress

03.28.23Alyssa Foster

How To Style A Knit Dress

How To Style A Knit Dress

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Whether you’re going to brunch with friends or getting dolled up for a date night, a knitted dress is an easy option that requires little effort but is sure to impress. At Ally Fashion we stock the hottest collection, from mini to maxi styles, so you can shop your perfect shape and size. This helpful guide will show you how to wear our knit dresses from summer to spring!

What Is A Knit Dress?

A knitted dress combines all the comfort of a soft knit with the glamour of a dress. Just like a normal knit jumper, it is crafted with a yarn of thread, which is repeatedly looped to form a garment. It results in a dress that is stretchy and wrinkle resistant. Choose from a rib knit dress for added interest or a smooth knit dress for a sleek look.

How To Style A Mini Knit Dress

You might typically associate knits with winter, however, a knit mini dress can be the perfect summer staple. When choosing a knit dress for summer, you’ll want to find a thin knit fabric that is breathable and light. Girls, don’t be afraid to play around with bright colours and patterns to amp up your summer vibes!

Alternatively, you can make your mini knit dresses work for the cooler months too. Swap your sandals out for a pair of knee-high boots and add a blazer or jacket for extra warmth.

 Mini Knit Dress

How To Style A Midi Knit Dresses

From nice lunches to evening events, the midi length has you covered. It is popular for its effortlessly chic look and versatility.

Whether you’re going to the beach or running errands, have all eyes on you this summer in a midi styled with low-cut sneakers and a tote bag. Alternatively, elevate the look with heeled sandals and refined jewellery - did someone say happy hour?

For the cooler months, pop on a long sleeve dress with knee-high boots and a leather bag. This smart look will take you from a day in the office to your Friday night dinner reservations.

 Midi Knit Dress

How To Style A Long Knit Dress

A knit maxi dress will never fail to provide you with a chic look. For winter, simply pair your maxi with ankle boots and a coat. Alternatively, for a more casual look, a pair of fresh, white sneakers and a sweater will do the trick!

In the summertime you’ll want to go for a light knit dress with a pair of strappy sandals or heels and statement accessories to add some interest.

 Maxi Knit Dress

 How To Style A Black Knit Dress

The best thing about a black knit dress is you don’t have to put a lot of work into creating a trendy outfit. Just a pair of knee-high boots will instantly make you ready for the streets of Milan.

If the dress code calls for something casual, combine a black knit dress with a coloured puffer jacket. For an office-ready look that is fit for a promotion, style your black dress with a blazer and ankle boots.

Breathe style into your day-to-day wardrobe by pairing a black dress with lace-up military boots for an edgy finish.

 Black Knit Dress

How To Wear A Knit Dress

Wondering what you can wear with a sweater dress to make it unique? Here’s some outfit options to make sure you look on point every time you pop one on!

  • Belt: If you have a loose-fitting knit dress you might want to add some definition by cinching your waist with a belt!
  • Leather jacket: Add a touch of edginess to your cosy look. This outerwear staple never seems to go out of style! Go for a black motto style and leather boots.  
  • Coat: A coat with a sweater dress will give it a polished look. Go for a long coat if you need extra warmth!
  • Cardigan: Double up your knits with a cardigan. Go for a longline cardi for the cosiest outfit you’ll wear this season!
  • Denim Jacket: Layering a denim jacket over your sweater dress adds a nice, casual touch.

What Shoes To Wear With A Knit Dress

A show-stopping outfit is all in the accessories! Some statement jewellery or a pair of heels can dramatically change your look to suit the occasion. Here’s the range of shoes we are loving to pair with our knitted dresses this season:

What Shoes To Wear With A Midi Knit Dress

When styling a midi knit dress, you’ll need to choose a pair of shoes that compliments the hemline. Here are a few of our favourite shoes to pair with a midi:

Cowboy boots: Whether you’re headed to a festival or adding a touch of “yee-haw” to your wardrobe this season, a pair of cowboy boots is a trendy option!

Sneakers: Gone are the days we only wore sneakers with gym clothes! Now, it’s trendy to pair your fresh kicks with skirts, shorts and of course, your midi sweater dresses.

Flatforms: From beach days to casual brunches, flatforms are breezy for summer but also give you extra height. Slide on a pair of flatforms with a short sleeve knit dress or sleeveless midi!

What Shoes To Wear With A Long Knit Dress

Sneakers: Channel an edgy, street style by teaming your long knits with low-cut sneakers or a pair of “Dad” shoes. Add a pair of retro sunnies and you’ve got the perfect casual off-duty look for the weekend.

Heels: Wondering what shoes to wear with a long knit dress? A pair of high heels is a sure-fire way to elevate your frock for a dressy occasion and help lift the hem off the ground.

Ankle boots: A maxi and ankle boots are a match made in heaven!

How To Wear A Knit Dress In Winter

It's the year-round staple every wardrobe needs! While knit dresses in summer look totally chic with high heels, refined jewellery and a leather handbag, this elegant piece can also be styled for winter. Try these four fashion tips this season:

  1. Swap the open-toe heels out for knee-high boots and throw on a trench coat - you're guaranteed to look stunning while remaining cosy and warm!
  2. Layer it up - layer a sleeveless frock over a turtleneck top or long sleeve top for an edgy yet modest look.
  3. For added warmth, opt for a long sleeve knitted dress in a midi or maxi length. A turtleneck knit dress will also keep you warm while exuding sophistication.
  4. For an off-duty look while grabbing your morning coffee or running errands, pop on a rib knit dress with a logo sweater draped over your shoulders. Dial up the practicality with a cross-body bag and chunky sneakers.

What To Wear Under A Knit Dress

Layering up for the cooler months? Easily style a sleeveless knit dress with a basic long sleeve top or skivvy underneath. Alternatively, if the weather is warm and you want to cover your shoulders, try layering a dress over a basic tee.

Wearing a white knit dress? White knit dresses are so elegant and feminine, however, they can be sheer sometimes. Make sure you opt for nude, seamless underwear if you don’t want them to show through.

If your summer knit dresses are sheer, simply wear your bikini underneath! You will look like a beach babe wherever you go!

How To Wash Knitwear

So timeless and versatile, this year round staple is a worthy investment. However, in order for your knits to last season after season, you’ll need to care for them properly.

Washing your knitwear correctly is essential to its longevity. Don’t just throw it in the wash and hope for the best! Here’s some ways to wash your knits:

Hand wash: Fill the sink with cold water and add gentle detergent. Lightly dunk your knitwear and swirl it around. Avoid scrubbing as this can cause damage. Rinse with clear water before drying.

Machine Wash: Many of our pieces can be machine washed - just check the care label! Choose a cold, gentle wash on a wool or delicate cycle that won’t spin too quickly. Make sure you use a gentle detergent or a wool-specific detergent. Placing your knits in a wash bag will also help reduce any agitations of the fibres.

Drying: Don’t wring out your knits after washing - this can cause it to stretch and warp. Try gently squeezing out the water before rolling in a towel and carefully pressing. After this, move your knits to a drying rack but remember, instead of being hung to dry, knitwear should always be laid flat. Doing so will help prevent any stretching from occurring. Refrain from using heat on your knits as this can cause damage and shrinkage.

How To Stretch A Knit Dress

Have you bought a knit dress that’s just a little too tight? Good news. Knit fibres like cotton and wool are the easiest materials to stretch out! Try soaking or spraying them, pulling the fabric, and air-drying them. Ingredients like shampoo, baking soda and vinegar can help to loosen the fabric fibres and make the garments easier to stretch.

Shop Online For Knitted Dresses

Need to update your knit dress collection? Shop our website or visit an Ally Fashion store across Australia for our trendy range of knit dresses.