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13 best jumper dresses to wear on chilly spring days

The best knitted jumper dresses to keep you cosy and chic through spring

Best knitted jumper dresses for women
Carla Challis
Commerce Partnerships Editor
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Fashion’s in between moment has finally arrived – that time when you want to shed your winter wardrobe, but the weather thinks otherwise. Enter the knitted jumper dress, an understated yet easy to wear spring fashion item whose moment in the spotlight is now. Is there anything comfier than a soft knit dress? I think not. Especially a jumper dress with boots or spring sandals.

A jumper dress can be as thick and woolly as a chunky jumper, or as slinky and fine knit as a lightweight sweater. Wear with tights or long socks on colder spring days and go bare legged with loafers on the sunnier spring days. As classic yet cool as a trench coat or a Mary Jane flat, think of a jumper dress as your go-to when nothing else quite cuts it.

Our favourite knitted dresses - at a glance

Royals wearing a jumper dress

Princess Kate has plenty of knitted dresses in her royal engagement roster, from Mango's green ribbed dress to Victoria Beckham's white jumper dress and a Cefinn black jumper dress too.

Princess Kate wearing knitted dresses on royal engagements
Princess Kate often wears a jumper dress for royal engagements

Kate has form to add a belt to hers, to cinch in the waist and break up the dress, and you'll find some jumper dresses on the high street with built-in belts. Princess Kate shows how a knitted dress can be formal, without being stiff, and is a softer version than a pencil dress or tailored suit.

How I chose the best jumper dresses to shop

  • Style: I've scoured the high street for jumper dresses in a range of designs to suit all tastes. There's mini, midi and maxi, sleeveless, collared, turtleneck and classic crew neck.
  • Inclusivity: The edit includes petite, plus-size and longer length styles.
  • New-in: Give your favourite brand a shop and you're bound to find knitted dresses on sale
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    Boohoo Knitted Jumper Dress

    Boohoo knitted jumper dress

    Boohoo Contrast Stitch Jumper Dress

    Sizes: One size, large

    Colours: White with black stitching or black with white stitching

    Shipping: Standard delivery costs £3.99

    Returns: Free within 28 days of purchase

    Editor's note: "Contrast stitch jumpers are trending right now, so take it to a dress version with Boohoo's jumper dress. The dress is mini in length, and available in white with black stitching (my favourite) and black with white. 

    "I'd wear with flat knee high boots or even dress it up with a slim heeled pump for dinner with the girls."

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    River Island Knitted Jumper Dress

    River Island Knitted Dress

    River Island Cream Jumper Dress With Belt

    Sizes: 6-18

    Colours: Cream

    Shipping: Free on orders over £40

    Returns: Within 28 days of purchase

    Editor's note: "This is giving me major Princess Kate vibes, with its cream hue and belt. It looks super soft too, and the slit adds a little sexiness."

  3. 3/13

    Next Knitted Jumper Dress

    next jumper dress

    Next Ribbed Red Jumper Dress

    Sizes: XS - XXL, petite and regular

    Colours: Red, khaki, beige and black

    Shipping: From £4.95, or free click and collect to store

    Returns: Within 28 days of purchase

    Editor's note: "This is one of the easiest to wear jumper dresses, in a thick ribbed material and slouchy design. I can imagine this would be ideal for the office, dinner date or even the school fete.

    "There's four colours to choose from, including this rich red berry shade."

  4. 4/13

    H&M Knitted Jumper Dress

    H&M Jumper Dress

    H&M Black Knitted Dress

    Sizes: XXS - 4XL

    Colours: Black and cream

    Shipping: Free delivery with a £20 spend

    Returns: Within 30 days of purchase

    Editor's note: "H&M carries hundreds of knitted dresses and I chose this classic black jumper dress to highlight because of how versatile it is. 

    "Whatever your size, the shape is fitted without being body-con and the addition of balloon-shaped sleeves adds a point of difference."

  5. 5/13

    Apricot Online Knitted Jumper Dress

    Apricot Knitted Jumper Dress

    Apricot Ribbed Knit Tie Waist Jumper Dress

    Sizes: 8-16

    Colours: Grey

    Delivery: Free delivery on orders over £50

    Returns: Within 28 days of purchase

    Editor's note: "Apricot's knitted dress has a tie-waist, rather than a belt, for something a little different - it's giving 90s grunge vibes and I'm so here for it!"

  6. 6/13

    Pretty Little Thing Knitted Jumper Dress

    PLT midi jumper dress

    Pretty Little Thing Petite Midi Jumper Dress

    Sizes: XS-L

    Colours: Grey and cream

    Shipping: From £3.99 for standard delivery

    Returns: Within 28 days of purchase

    Editor's note: "Pretty Little Thing's petite jumper dress is made for girlies under 5ft3, and maintains the midi length. I love the dove grey shade and turtleneck, and you could size up if you want something on the looser side."

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    ASOS Knitted Jumper Dress

    ASOS Knitted Jumper Dress

    ASOS Designed Knitted Crew Neck Jumper Dress

    Sizes: 4-18

    Colours: Black, light blue, mint green and lemon yellow

    Delivery: Free on orders over £50

    Returns: Free within 30 days of purchase

    Editor's note: "ASOS is bringing in the spring with this ribbed jumper dress, available in pastel shades of blue, green and yellow (plus black too).

    "The thick rib with vertical stripes will elongate your frame while the crew neck neckline is flattering for everyone. This is crying out for a leather blazer and sneaker combination."

  8. 8/13

    TU Sainsbury's Knitted Jumper Dress

    Tu sainsbury's jumper dress

    Vogue Williams Stripe Navy Knit Midi Dress

    Sizes: Small to XL

    Colours: Navy stripe

    Shipping: £3.95 or free click and collect to store

    Returns: Within 30 days of receipt

    Editor's note: "If you're a stripe top lover, you'll love this stripe midi jumper dress from Vogue Williams, available at Sainsbury's. 

    "The long length, the lightweight knit, the navy and white colours - it has all the markings of a classic dress that can be worn season after season."

  9. 9/13

    Phase Eight Knitted Jumper Dress

    Phase Eight Jumper Dress

    Phase Eight Fit and Flare Jumper Dress

    Sizes: 8-18

    Colours: Black and purple

    Shipping: Free standard delivery on orders over £150

    Returns: Free returns within 28 days of purchase

    Editor's note: "Phase Eight has a brilliant range of knit dresses, some in fitted styles like this classic LBD. It nips in at the waist, has a circular flare skirt and long sleeves, with a deep round neck."

  10. 10/13

    Marks & Spencer Knitted Jumper Dress

    M&S Jumper dress

    M&S Ribbed Split Hem Knitted Dress

    Sizes: XS-XL

    Colours: Mocha and black

    Delivery: Free on orders over £50

    Returns: Free within 30 days of purchase

    Editor's note: "The biscuity, caramel tone of M&S' knitted dress is simply delicious, as is the soft yarn material and added bonus of a split hem."

  11. 11/13

    All Saints Knitted Jumper Dress

    All Saints Jumper Dress

    All Saints Margetta 2 in 1 Ribbed Green Knit Dress

    Sizes: XXS - XXXL

    Colour: Khaki

    Shipping: Free delivery on orders over £50

    Returns: Free within 28 days of purchase

    Editor's note: "When one dress won't do, All Saints has this brilliant two in one that doubles up as a knitted cami dress with matching sweater. Wear the sweater part for day and for night, you're left with a stunning column cami dress in the richest of khaki shades."

  12. 12/13

    New Look Knitted Jumper Dress

    New Look Jumper Dress

    Pink Vanilla Camel Ribbed Off Shoulder Knit Dress

    Sizes: Small - Large

    Colours: Camel

    Delivery: Free delivery on orders over £50

    Returns: Within 28 days of purchase

    Editor's note: "For a sexier knitted dress, try New Look's off-the-shoulder dress in beige. The knitted material is lightweight, but thick enough to offer coverage, and the longer length looks amazing with knee high boots or heels."

  13. 13/13

    French Connection Knitted Jumper Dress

    FCUK Jumper Dress

    French Connection Pink Jumper Dress

    Sizes: XS-XL

    Colours: Fuschia pink, black and grey

    Shipping: Free delivery on orders over £75

    Returns: Within 28 days of delivery

    Editor's note: "Barbie pink still firmly in your heart? Mine too, and French Connection has just dropped this pink jumper dress to a bargain £30. Worth snapping up!"

How to wear a jumper dress

Mini, midi and maxi, sleeveless, long sleeved - jumper dresses come in all shapes and sizes. Right now, the chicest way to wear a jumper dress is with knee high boots (flat or heeled) and come the warmer weather, can be worn with flats (think loafers or mesh Mary Jane shoes) or even sneakers. 

Jumper dress street style
A cute collared knitted jumper dress during fashion week

There are plenty of bodycon styles, but also looser, baggier knit dresses which look particularly cool in a mini length. Add a belt, like Princess Kate, if you're worried the shapes is too unstructured or leave it oversized and add sleek, minimal accessories to counteract the shape.

As well as the less-fitted styles, don't shy away from a sheer knitted dress (add a slip underneath) or an off-the-shoulder knitted dress. As for what to wear over a jumper dress, a simple blazer blurs the lines between smart and casual, or a tonal wool coat is a cohesive option. 

Celebrities wearing jumper dresses

It's a celebrity-style staple too, from Brit stars Frankie Bridge, Rochelle Humes and Holly Willoughby often wearing one, especially during their presenting stints on daytime TV. 

Frankie Bridge wearing a grey jumper dress
Frankie Bridge looking chic in a turtleneck jumper dress

Over in the US, Kendall Jenner, Blake Lively, Margot Robbie and Eva Longoria have been pictured wearing them to everything from TV show appearances to dinner with friends.