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Sweater dresses are the ultimate staple for fall. Shop cozy finds from Abercrombie, Old Navy, more

Plus, an expert shares tips for styling them.
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From Chelsea boots to trench coats, there are a handful of tried-and-true fashion staples that we find ourselves reaching for any time the temperature drops. And for dressier occasions, a sweater dress is one of those go-to's.

Cozy, fashionable and easy to style, sweater-style fall dresses are the ultimate cold-weather wardrobe essential, even if many people don't immediately think of them that way. "Most people don't think of a dress when they think of fall and winter, because it's more revealing or doesn't provide as much coverage," fashion stylist Gianna Nucci said. "But that's what I love about a sweater dress, it helps to add a little bit of variety to your cold-weather wardrobe."

Here, we asked Nucci to share her tips on how to wear the staple piece for every occasion this season, whether you're heading to a party or meeting up with friends for a casual get-together.

How to style a sweater dress

Sweater dresses tend to fall into two main categories: form-fitting or more relaxed, oversized styles. The tighter options, which are typically made from a lighter, ribbed knit material are more suitable for evening outings, Nucci said. Think holiday parties, date nights or drinks with friends. When wearing one of these, consider completing the look with stockings, high boots and some festive jewelry.

The more casual styles, on the other hand, are perfect for workdays, lunches with friends and so much more. These can be worn on their own or layered under a jacket or a faux fur vest, Nucci said. If you're worried about the dress looking too bulky, you can also throw on a belt to accentuate your waist.

Both short and longer styles of boots pair well with these dresses, but Nucci said that you want to be conscious of your boot height, so it doesn't make you look shorter. Opt for taller options with shorter dresses and booties with longer ones.

With that in mind, we asked Nucci for her sweater dress recommendations and found some top-rated and bestselling options to consider as well.

Sweater dresses for women to shop

Nina Leonard V-Neck Balloon Sleeve Sweater Dress

Make a statement in this dramatic balloon-sleeve sweater dress. It’s available in six bold colors — we think that the red option is a great choice for the upcoming holiday season.

Old Navy SoSoft Cocoon Mini Sweater Dress

The brand says this sweater dress is so soft, that's why it's in the name. Plus, it has a looser fit, so you can expect it to be extremely cozy and comfortable.

H&M Knit Dress

This striped sweater dress will help you channel the "French girl aesthetic" that we've been seeing all over social media. It's long enough that you can wear it on its own, or pair it with tights for extra warmth.

Cupshe Influencer Edits Cable Knit V-Neck Sweater Dress

While you may know this brand for swimsuits they also have a really cute fall collection, and we are loving this cable knit sweater dress. It has a banded waist to give it some extra flair and structure.

A New Day Turtleneck Cozy Sweater Dress 

If you want to keep effortlessly classic, Target has you covered with this cozy turtle-neck sweater dress. It hits just below the knee so you can pair it nicely with your favorite booties.

Pink Queen Loose Turtleneck Oversize Pullover Sweater Dress

We bet this turtleneck dress feels just as cozy as it looks. The style comes in over 30 colors and patterns, including trendy beige and cheetah print. Grab just one or stock up on a few, so you'll have one to wear for every occasion.

ZESICA Batwing Sleeve Knit Pullover Sweater Dress with Belt

Stand out at your next party in this Amazon dress. Between the tie at the front and the cutout at the back, it has so many stylish details that are bound to get you compliments.

Lulus The Best Yet Ribbed Bodycon Sweater Dress

"This dress is so warm and luxurious," wrote one reviewer. "Looks like I spent a lot more money on it than I did. Paired with cute booties or heels — [I] can't wait to wear it to an event, holiday party or anywhere!"

Banana Republic Wrap Sweater Dress

Whether you're going to the office or dinner with friends, this chic wrap dress can be worn for multiple occasions. We love how it's pictured with heeled knee-high boots, but I bet it would look nice with white sneakers or loafers, too.

Abercrombie & Fitch Mockneck Mini Sweater Dress

You won't feel any bulk with this form-fitting, mock turtleneck dress. It comes in three dark colors and a taupe, and an option for petite, regular and tall lengths.

Quince Mongolian Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater Dress

Available in four colors, Nucci likes this classic sweater dress, which features a relaxed, yet slim fit. It’s practically a steal for a cashmere dress with its price point, too.