Jumper Dresses – Why don’t we go there?

M&S jumper dress, Reiss leather jacket, Zara sleeveless coat, Whistles gloves and boots, Marc Jacobs bag

From the various emails that I’ve had, I know that lots of you are toying with the idea of a jumper dress but aren’t sure whether to take the plunge or not.  It may be slightly late for this winter but fear not they will be around next year, so I thought that I would share my thoughts.

Being a creature who feels the cold, unsurprisingly I really like jumper dresses. Warm and comfortable, they tick my boxes.  So what are the pitfalls and how do you go about styling them?

Firstly, I think that people are put off jumper dresses by the thought of having to wash them each time they’re worn and wondering how they will fare on a long term basis. The solution? Lightweight layers underneath mean that the dress won’t be next to your skin, so it won’t need to be washed each time that it’s worn (or ever, potentially!)

Secondly, not all styles are particularly forgiving, especially the fitted/ribbed styles, so make sure that you check from all angles before buying one. I like wearing mine layered with this sleeveless coat as it just gives me a little tum coverage. And in all likelihood when I get home I would take the dress off anyway, so preferring it styled in this way really isn’t an issue.

Thirdly they can make you feel a bit “square” and bulky. I know, I’m really not selling them! It’s more with the one that I’m wearing above than the navy Jigsaw one that I have (below) so again, the sleeveless coat, or a jacket, breaks the body up leaving just a narrow column on show, which is a great styling trick for narrowing a wider torso.

Jigsaw jumper dress, Karen Millen leggings, Adidas trainers, Whistles bag and gloves

This navy jumper dress from Jigsaw however is much easier to wear. Due to the fact that it is a looser fit and that it’s darker, it is easier to throw on and go, rather than having to work a little harder at styling it.  The fact that it’s shorter too means that coat lengths aren’t so much of an issue.

But when it’s a cold day as it was on Monday, only the grey ribbed one will do. It’s probably the nearest thing that I have to a onesie in terms of warmth and comfort, so you can count me in big style. It was only through working with M&S on a blog post that I decided to try one in the first place but I’m so glad that I did.

What’s your experience of jumper dresses – yes or no to the jumper dress? And if you haven’t been there before, are you tempted? Hope that you’re all having a lovely week. x


  1. GlamRosie
    March 9, 2016 / 7:00 am

    I just can't find 'the one' that works on me 🙁 I love the idea and like you feel he cold so I am always on the look out. Love the navy one with those leggings on you especially Beth x

  2. Muddling Along
    March 9, 2016 / 11:22 am

    The idea of something with the comfort of a onesie but smart enough for work seems like the holy grail of shopping!

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