Picking the right one
Jumper dresses can be made from a range of different fabrics, from Merino wool to Jersey to a variety of woollen blends. Typically, they sport long or three-quarter length sleeves and fall down to the knee or mid-calf, depending on your height. Unlike many types of dresses, these are unapologetically winter-friendly. And since they’re already made from thick material, they don’t usually require an extra outer layer to stay warm, though a faux-fur gilet will do the trick on exceptionally chilly days.
If you’re looking for a jumper dress to wear to work, stick to sober colours like grey, brown or black so as not to appear too casual. For weekend-wear, look for ones with a chunky cable-knit pattern or ruched detail. And if you’d like a style to wear on a relaxing evening out, search for one with a metallic trim or with a striking pattern knitted into it.
Accessorising your outfit
Jumper dresses are occasionally dismissed as dull by some fashionistas. However, this view ignores the versatility of this winter fashion item. If you’ve never owned one before, look for a black, knee-length long-sleeved style and experiment with a variety of accessories. Clip a wide leather belt over your middle to accentuate your waistline at the office, for instance, and replace with a brightly coloured scarf on your way to meet friends for after-work drinks.