Trend Alert: The Sweater Dress

What: The sweater dress as a wardrobe building option for fall.

What the experts say: This, from the New York Times: “The sweater dress, no longer a boring basic straight out of your mother’s college yearbook, is swiftly racking up votes for the retail world’s Homecoming Queen.”

What I say: They’re adorable in photos and on the mannequins, but actually wearing a sweater dress is a whole other ball game. I guess that’s why God invented Spanx and the like, so if you don’t mind being squeezed in, or if you just happen to be naturally svelte and bulge-free, go ahead and give it a shot. Keep it modern by picking a dress with current details like a shirred neckline, a belt, or short sleeves. And with the season’s fab shoe offerings – sleek pumps, sexy boots, and sassy flats – you’ll have lots of options for work and play. Ready to buy? Try this versatile cowl-neck option from Banana Republic, for $98. And if you’re looking for something even more budget, click here for a kimono-sleeved version at Target, $27.99.