Inspiration: knitted dresses

For years and years, I regarded knitted dresses as the height of frump: sweater dresses were shapeless, either scratchy or overly fluffy, and no one managed to make them look good. Then those gorgeous straight midi ones appeared [thank you Wolford], knitted in delicious, luxurious yarns - they were everything but frumpy, except only looked good on tall and perfectly proportioned ladies. But this year fashion finally brought some truly interesting new versions about, designed for real mortals, and I purchased my first sophisticated knitted dress. It skims the body just the right way, is elegant but fun, and, being asymmetrical, is flattering even for my frame - especially if worn with a belt. It makes me feel both grownup and cool and I love every second I spend in it.

So in case you have not yet discovered this new generation of knitted dresses yet, here come a few taster ideas to get you started:

& Other Stories - this is the one I fell in love with, highly recommended; on me it is much longer of course but the asymmetric cut [it is shorter at the front] makes it flattering and the turtleneck can be folded down:

A very similar, although not asymmetrical, design from Anthropologie - best for ladies with long necks though:

Hush - great style with the roomy top part, and comes in two colours:

Sosandar - I love the zip and the navy colour, but to be fair, this is probably best for slightly taller/longer legged ladies:

Metisu - elegant and unusual with the scalloped neckline; also comes in burgundy:

And finally, Allsaints is a pretty good, if somewhat pricey, source for knitted dresses this year. I couldn't choose so am giving options: