Sunday, November 18, 2007

Sweater Dress -ing, Paris

Knit dresses can be so great IF you have perfect shape around the hips and butt. Otherwise they can often just draw attention to the area that women are most self-conscious about.

I think this young lady does a great job finding a knit dress that feels every bit as cozy and comfy as you want a knit dress to feel in the Fall and yet it draws attention to her legs and not her hips.

Misdirection most well-played.


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  1. tn

    November 18, 2007 at 11:29 am

    Love the boots too. You are so right, the dress is perfect on this girl.

  2. Anonymous

    November 18, 2007 at 11:30 am

    Oddly, I’d want a sweater dress to fit more snug and I’ve got hips for days and days and…Further, in my culture, it’s acceptably beautilicious.

    The thinking is if you’re gonna go “chunky” with a sweater dress, then go all out and mix it with a large belt. Go small/dainty on the shoe and hair accessories.


  3. Anonymous

    November 18, 2007 at 11:34 am

    looks like chloe sevigny

  4. Anonymous

    November 18, 2007 at 11:35 am

    she’s Chloe Sevigny..
    You must know her come on !! the new face of Chloe ?? for the perfume ???

  5. Brazilian Girl #7

    November 18, 2007 at 11:44 am

    Chunky knits are so chic… But this thing about the butt is really true, I’ve seen it happen tragically. So very happy with the subtility of my curves jeje.

  6. The Sartorialist

    November 18, 2007 at 11:49 am

    Yes, I know who she is but I didn’t really figure it mattered to the point I was making.

  7. Jack Daniel

    November 18, 2007 at 11:53 am

    it’s my future wife…Chloe Sevigny!!

  8. emily

    November 18, 2007 at 12:05 pm

    You’re right, it does show off her legs to great effect.

    I do think she could stand to belt it, or really…to have bought a size smaller. I don’t think this lady has anything to hide or conceal, as
    a.) she is perfectly slender
    b.) I don’t find hips to be something to conceal, but to accentuate.

    Isn’t this season all about the resurgence of the “Lady-like” hourglass silhouette?

  9. Anonymous

    November 18, 2007 at 12:06 pm

    Chloe is beautiful, and she looks fierce. Love the shoes. zexy

  10. The Sartorialist

    November 18, 2007 at 12:15 pm

    I’m not saying it is about hiding the hips
    usually what women do wrong is the technical stuff like the wrong shape or poorly fitting underwear with a very snug dress

    the same is true for bras.

    often the problem is not the dress itself but the undergarments.

    Would you agree?

  11. Tiffany

    November 18, 2007 at 12:42 pm

    If I could find a sweater dress with a cut like that, I would wear it all winter long.

    I personally think a belt would be wrong for this. Sometimes a nice waist is the perfect accessory.

  12. Modelizer

    November 18, 2007 at 2:05 pm

    At first I was like “She’s Chloe Sevigny’s twin” But judging by the comments she is Chloe, haha. I think this is one of the first few outfits I’ve ever liked on her. It’s also an unusual colour but it looks great on her.

  13. Maria

    November 18, 2007 at 2:10 pm

    like the chloe boots!
    don’t like much the queen of hipster town.

  14. Lily Glover

    November 18, 2007 at 2:20 pm

    I agree with the sartorialist. What makes this garment work is that she has gone for a looser fit taking focus away from the hips and putting the spotlight on her gorgeous legs. Love it!

  15. Anonymous

    November 18, 2007 at 2:22 pm

    How ridiculous! you don’t credit Cloe Sevigny.

  16. Carolina Lange

    November 18, 2007 at 2:40 pm

    I love her look! It’s perfect!

  17. cigalechanta

    November 18, 2007 at 3:14 pm

    and that thick knit is the hardest to wear. One MUST be thin.

  18. londondog

    November 18, 2007 at 3:29 pm

    Effortless and lovely. She is always somehow a step ahead of the trend.

  19. emily

    November 18, 2007 at 3:29 pm

    Sart, that’s an excellent point (re: undergarments). People have actually emailed me asking about the same thing: how to “wear” a knit dress. As grandmotherly as some people might find it…slips can be the answer (they are for me anyway).

    And you’re right…the right bra and undies are obviously especially essential with knits.

  20. citizen

    November 18, 2007 at 3:30 pm

    True, and I like the colour on her. She looks like Chloe Sevigny, and if it is her, then kudos because I often find her looks rather hit-and-miss.

  21. cris

    November 18, 2007 at 3:36 pm

    i love that dress with that boots. just simple and perfect.

  22. Jael Paris

    November 18, 2007 at 3:44 pm

    I’m a curvy girl with a deep love of sweater dresses. Unfortunately, they hate me. They climb up over my hips and bunch at my stomach. However, I’d love to find a dress like hers in a different color.

  23. Jennifer

    November 18, 2007 at 4:27 pm

    i LOVE this look.
    i wish i could find a jumper-dress exactly like that. ohhh… the texture is so perfect. i love how thick and chunky it is but without long sleeves, it really makes the proportions work. the shoes are so cool with it too. i think a belt would kill it. here, in england, belts are such an overkill – from beckam-ish waisted to yuppy-mummy wide leather hip slung…
    way better with out. that’s the whole point of it, isn’t it?
    am loving short and wide tops with loooong legs and booties. perfect fall look. exactly what i want to wear tomorrow!!

  24. Andy

    November 18, 2007 at 5:44 pm

    I am not sure that I’ve ever seen Chloe Sevigny look bad. She has such a way with mixing and matching carelessly. A definite indie girl. I think if she belted that chunky knit dress it would be tragic. The color and texture of the dress are priceless. It looks great as is. Also love the retro sunglasses!

  25. Anna-Lyssa

    November 18, 2007 at 5:49 pm

    yes, undergarments are definitely tricky when it comes to sweater dressing. and this look is one way to avoid all the hassle and worry of it and still get to sweater-dress.
    i love this on her, i love the boots, i love the clutch, but i dearly wish her legs were covered with something, chloe sevigny or not. i can think of a thousand stocking ideas to go with this outfit.

  26. Anonymous

    November 18, 2007 at 5:58 pm

    i think it’s more about a good, visually appealing line than hiding or not hiding a body part or parts. and i think your point is well made. the dress fits her well and looks good on. sweater dresses usually look clunky to me, and this does not.

  27. pearlescent

    November 18, 2007 at 6:00 pm

    I love it!! Very comfy and chic, I thought she must be Chloe Sevginy.. She really knows how to show off her legs, you always see her wearing short hemlines..

  28. xie

    November 18, 2007 at 6:10 pm

    Chloe’s choice is excellent (re: Emily’s post). The size is perfect for someone who wants to look casually elegant, without having to feel self-conscious and uncomfortable when trekking across Paris to attend shows. Even if silhouettes are becoming slimmer, who wants to wear restrictive clothing all the time? The choice of this sweater (size and all) is great. It’s not too sacky, nor is it too restrictive.

  29. meg

    November 18, 2007 at 6:24 pm

    i LOVE the look [and her naturally]… this color’s fab – i never used to wear it thinking it would make my skin look drab but i was def wrong, i always get complements when i wear it :]

  30. allie

    November 18, 2007 at 6:45 pm

    the onnnly issue i have with this post is you saying the “perfect” shape around the hips and butt. you might say a knit dress could be unflattering – because it can highlight a larger thigh/derrière area, but why is that unflattering? she clearly wears this dress beautifully, especially with the boots, but i want to feel great when i go out in a similar dress despite my larger rear (which i love!)
    just beware of the word perfect… i would say.
    but i love your stuff nonetheless!

  31. Yurimi

    November 18, 2007 at 6:52 pm

    Is that chloe sevigny? Looks like her.

    I love this outfit. The boots, the knitted pattern, the colour…it’s all so simple, yet deliciously refined, youthful, and exciting.

  32. The Sartorialist

    November 18, 2007 at 7:02 pm

    for Allie
    you are defining “perfect” for me or what you think my definition of “perfect is- I never stated what I think “perfect” is

    for me, perfect is a smooth line – size is relative to the over all body shape.

    I will be careful with the word “perfect” if you are careful and read what i have actually written.

  33. Iheartfashion

    November 18, 2007 at 7:15 pm

    I love the dark mustard-y color of the dress and the chunky knit (on someone slim). I’m usually not crazy about Chloe’s choices, but this works.

  34. allie

    November 18, 2007 at 8:01 pm

    I agree with you on a smooth line – definitely important, if not essential.

    it is possible, even probable, that the idea that perfection = slender colored my reading of your post.

    sometimes, though, trends can be unforgiving, and more often than not, unforgiving for the more voluptuous. just wanted to put my thoughts out there!

  35. nana

    November 18, 2007 at 8:06 pm

    please give us your advice on getting a knit dress, what is the point of the dress that drew attention not on the hips?

  36. Anonymous

    November 18, 2007 at 9:59 pm

    i knitted a tubular top – length to the hips from vogue knitting mag. looked great in print, but dreadful on me…boobs looked yuk, and accentuated my pot belly, which is not a large one, but looked magnified x10. the wool has been relegated to another project!

    p.s. sart thankyou for your comments on negative postings, it helps to understand why you screen out some of the less flattering (to the captured subject) comments that i, and i take it a lot more others, make. now i know that its not gratuitous ‘butt kissing’ as anon 7.23 put it…

  37. Anonymous

    November 19, 2007 at 2:23 am

    This dress seems so ordinary and yet demands one’s attention with the knitting intricacies. Maybe I just do not like it because it reminds of the high school girls near my home, who prance about in nothing but sweaters paired with cheap leather boots.

    However, the character Chloe breathes into her outfit makes it worthy of a picture, in my opinion. I just cannot help but wonder whether it is the girl, and not the sweater dress that is making this photo…

  38. Anonymous

    November 19, 2007 at 9:14 am

    The dress is ok but I don´t fancy the color. She could have chosen some other boots,now when we know who she is Overall not really fascinated about this one.

  39. Anonymous

    November 19, 2007 at 11:21 am

    I love the cable pattern on this dress! The chunky knit and loose fit look absolutely gorgeous on a thin, perfectly proportioned woman with great legs, so of course, Chloe looks fantastic. I can’t pull it off, being fat and old, so I think I’ll knit a throw with this lovely cable pattern for the back of my sofa.

  40. Anonymous

    November 19, 2007 at 12:53 pm

    It’s funny that you posted this because I tried on a sweater dress for the first time yesterday and walked out of the dressing room feeling ashamed. It looked so great on the rack, but overemphasized my stomach and panty line (like you mentioned) once I tried it on. Hopefully I’ll find one with a more flattering cut. I really adore Chloe’s simple look above with the boots.


  41. Anonymous

    November 19, 2007 at 5:19 pm

    She looks great. She has the perfect body to wear this. I think these sweater dresses have to be worn loose and easy as she does. Those biker boots just punch it up a bit and actually flatter the leg by making them look leaner.

  42. Anonymous

    November 19, 2007 at 5:21 pm

    Dear Sart. I agree – some clothes just suit a form fitting, hip grabbing look. Others do not, and this sweater dress look is really not meant to grab around the butt and hips. Not a good look.

  43. Ana Beatriz Guerra

    November 19, 2007 at 8:14 pm

    I’d like to knit it.

    Wish I knew how.

  44. hebden

    November 19, 2007 at 8:35 pm

    Not to be picky but this isn’t Chloe S. choosing perfect clothes…this is Chloe S. wearing a dress and boots by the same designer…Chloe. Not that I’m saying there’s anything wrong in that but as one of the new faces of Chloe’s perfume she’s more a house model in this outfit than a woman who chose her own look.

    Having said that, she looks wonderful…

  45. lc224

    November 19, 2007 at 10:33 pm

    Love the dress, love the boots. Would love them even more with tights.

  46. Em

    November 20, 2007 at 2:50 am

    i would like to start a vendetta against the waistbelt for a short while. i love how shes worn this dress WITHOUT a belt…and i love its chunky heaviness.

  47. Philippine

    November 20, 2007 at 7:18 am

    isn’t she chloe sevigny? a franco-american actress I think.

  48. Anonymous

    November 20, 2007 at 11:27 am

    I love the individual elements of this look – the colour, the boots, the heavy chunkiness of the knit but I’m going to stick my neck out and say that over all, I don’t think they work together. I keep feeling she’s just pulled on a really big sweater. I think it needs a belt. Or maybe tights.

  49. Anonymous

    November 20, 2007 at 12:16 pm

    I am not always a fan of Chloe’s style as I often think it is tryhard, but I adore this look. The sweater dress is amazing, especially the color.

    Regarding some of the comments about her identity, I don’t think it is necessary to mention a celebrity’s name in a post (for example if it is just a picture with no commentary), but IMO it is weird to refer to her as a “young lady” rather than by name.

    Love this one!

  50. Tiffany

    November 20, 2007 at 12:36 pm

    I am not sure why it is weird to refer to her as “young lady” perhaps the point was not about who it WAS but what she was wearing? People who knew who she was did and those who did not asked.

    Sometimes once you have the name it takes away from the clothes? Like the references to her style choices of the past, or her trying to hard…indie blah,blah.

    I think I like not having that additional information. It forces you to focus on style first.

    Which is the point.
    But that is my opinion.

  51. liutauras

    November 20, 2007 at 1:32 pm

    this “young lady” is Chloe Sevigny

  52. Zeitgeist

    November 20, 2007 at 1:50 pm

    Funnt… Chloe wearing Chloe from tip to toe… Love the Chloe line this fall… The mustards and the rugged boots…

  53. Anonymous

    November 23, 2007 at 7:07 am

    did you recognize CHLOE SEVIGNY….?

  54. Chi-Chi and the Greek

    November 23, 2007 at 5:55 pm

    Oh, This is in fact, Chloe Sevigny, they featured this photo in December Vogue!!

  55. Miu Miu

    November 26, 2007 at 11:18 am

    Wow this woman looks like Chloe Sevigny

  56. goia

    November 26, 2007 at 4:28 pm

    she looks great! chunky dress in great colour…

  57. Anonymous

    December 1, 2007 at 8:06 pm

    chloe looks good on chloe

  58. diana

    March 21, 2008 at 11:06 am

    sorry for the very late comment but i like very much chloe savigny’s style,and this picture is a very good example how a woman can be sexy in a very subtle way,not like other so called stars…
    she really have her own style

  59. Anonymous

    February 11, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    It does look like something Chloe would wear.

  60. jdit

    October 18, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    I have seen my gf in an outfit like this very sweater dress and because her smashing body makes it look as it does…
    it – blows – me – away!

  61. Svilen

    August 1, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    Great look. Love these boots

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