The most important thing to take note of when wearing knit dresses is getting the fit right. A common mistake with this kind of dress is wearing one which is too tight, showing off every unsightly bump.

(left) Salvatore Ferragamo Fall Winter 2014, (right) Lanvin Fall Winter 2014. Credit: Showbit

For a flattering look, stick to straight or A-line silhouettes which barely skim your body. Knit dresses in a slouchy shape work too, either with or without a belt. In general, go for a size or shape which is a little looser than what you would usually select.

The knit material should not be too thin either or you risk having the outfit look a bit cheap. A good thick material is the most forgiving and the easiest to wear.


Another great thing about knit dresses is that they come in a diverse range of styles and many of them are easy to dress up or down.

Take this merino wool dress from Uniqlo’s collaboration with French style icon Ines de la Fressange (photo 1, $59.90, from 01-382 Suntec City Mall). The boatneck opening, three-quarter sleeves and navy colour are all classic elements which can be easily dressed up with accessories.

For a more casual knit dress, wear something such as this Madeleine Thompson cashmere number (photo 2, US$435 or S$553, from Perfect for the weekend, the dress also has a contrast trim, which makes for a nice detail.

If you are interested in making a statement, pick a knit dress in a bold colour, such as this bright pink turtleneck viscose and nylon dress from Marques’Almeida x Topshop (photo 3, $186, from The shape is fairly conservative but the fun hue ensures you will be noticed.

This article was first run in The Straits Times newspaper on October 24, 2014. For similar stories, go to You will not be able to access the Premium section of The Straits Times website unless you are already a subscriber.