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Ask BB: How to Look Cute and Stay Warm

Apostrophe Cable Cowl Neck Sweater Dress, sale $24.99 at

I am a newly single 35-year-old in New York, and I'm spending a lot more time going out in the city. But I am stuck in a rut—I usually wear jeans (either boot cut with heels or skinny tucked into boots) with a black top and a statement necklace. How can I mix it up in an age-appropriate way, without being too dressed up, and without freezing this winter? —Brigitte

Toss on a cozy yet stylish sweaterdress when you want to look nice—but don't want to freeze. If you're worried about bulk, avoid chunky knits and turtlenecks, and go for v-necks and 3/4 length sleeve styles. Any neutral will be a versatile choice, but a rich purple, blue or red will make things more fun.

I prefer styles that are fitted, not clingy, which fall just above the knee so you're not overwhelmed by your dress. Add solid or textured tights, ankle booties or tall boots, and you're good to go! If you want to dress it up even more, add a cool belt, pendant necklace or other jewelry.

You can find sweaterdresses for cheap at many stores, but the best selection online right now has to be Victoria's Secret. They have dozens of styles including sale items as low as $19.99. Browse the amazing selection below to get some ideas!

I love these, BB. I've been looking for a new sweater dress. They are so versatile!! Love them with boots, belts, etc.

I like these wraps, too: what do you think?
#1 Jessica (Homepage) on 2009-12-09 17:05 (Reply)
Really cute finds BB! I never would have thought to look at VS.
#2 Liz (Homepage) on 2009-12-09 17:17 (Reply)
Hey BB!
As it's getting cold, freezing really, in Chicago... do you have any ideas on cute wool coats? I've been looking for funnel collar wool coats, and need some advice!

#3 Alice (Homepage) on 2009-12-09 22:31 (Reply)
Great ideas! Thanks, BB :-)
#4 Joanne on 2009-12-10 07:55 (Reply)
Love all the offerings from Victoria's Secret, although the brand doesn't fit me that well. Also check out Target. They have some fantastic Merino wool cowl neck sweaterdresses online that are very reasonably priced. I bought one and absolutely love it--it's so cozy and warm!
#5 Selene on 2009-12-10 11:10 (Reply)
You think it's cold in NYC - try living in Canada ;-) I am all about the sweater dresses, but I'm also into layering. Come check out my blog for some other winter-friendly ideas.
#6 Jo from Canada (Homepage) on 2009-12-10 11:38 (Reply)
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