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In Defense of the Sweater Dress

Fear the food baby no longer.

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Model sitting in cream sweater. Zara Coarse Knit Dress, $70

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There’s a lot to love about a sweater dress, but the versatility factor rings in at number one. Oversized, chunky dresses make for the perfect out-of-bed compromise in colder months, making even the biggest of food babies undetectable; fitted minis offer the same convenience without sacrificing all of the glorious curve-hugging, ego-boosting potential.

Regardless of which is more your style (maybe it’s both!), the two-in-one cozy option will keep you warm and comfortable from day to night — just add tights. Above and below, here are some of our favorites available right now.

Model in olive green turtlneck knit mini dress.

American Eagle Turtleneck Sweater Dress, $36

The raised hem offers a simple update on this classic silhouette. (And for under $40, you can stock up on two.)

Model in camel crewneck sweater dress with pom-pom detailing.

Callahan Nubby Crewneck Dress, $121

The knitted ball detailing on this crewneck number is super fun, while the ribbed hems add structure to the loose fit.

Zara Roll Neck Maxi Dress, $70

Opting for the ultra-oversized leaves a lot of room to play around with what you style underneath, from heattech to a wide-leg trouser. Plus, the high ribbed neck will offer plenty of hair-tuck opportunities.

Model wearing black and gray striped fitted sweater mini dress.

BCBGeneration Striped Sweater Dress, $98

Perfect for both work and play, this is one of those dresses that make tights optional post-work.

Model in dark gray mock-neck sweater dress.

Acne Studios Daija Knitted Turtleneck Sweater Dress, $258

Wear this mohair and wool knit as is with a pair of sneakers, or switch it up entirely by layering over a midi-skirt with heels. (Particularly great because it is currently 40% off.)