4 Ways to Tuck a Sweater over a Dress (Video)

How to tuck a sweater into a skirt

I often get questions on layering and tucking sweaters, especially ones that are a little chunkier knit or relaxed cut and how to make them look proportionate a petite frame. I’ve been working on videos covering basic styling tips and tricks, and wanted to start with one that I use often for re-styling my favorite dresses and sweaters! 

As seen below, a little tucking helps define my waistline on this outfit and lets me get more mileage out of an otherwise formal dress. I use a waist belt (a wide one if it’ll be visible, or skinny for the clean under tuck method where the belt will be hidden) or a small clear elastic for the twist and tuck method. Check my video and Pin-able image below!


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how to style a sweater with a dress belt or tuck

My Favorite Waffle Cashmere

I’ve mentioned Everlane’s stroopwaffle re-cashmere several times over the years as a favorite for the quality, effortless cut and beautiful waffle texture. The super versatile Heathered Sand (taupe) color was just restocked and they also added a pretty new neutral called “Canvas.” You can see the current year version’s relaxed fit on me below, and they also make a crewneck sweater which I styled for a casual look in this post.

winter sweater outfits for petites

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  1. Pipelette wrote:

    bonjour avec un petit bidou comment peut on porter des robes un peu moulantes sans que cela se voit ? Merci

    Posted 10.24.22 Reply
  2. Grayson wrote:

    Absolutely gorgeous! I have been wanting to pair a sweater with a dress but couldn’t figure out how to get the “front tuck” look like I would with a skirt .. a ponytail holder! I think I need to try this outfit for work!! Thanks for the tip!

    Posted 5.27.21 Reply
  3. jaha wrote:

    The tuck definitely elevates the look. However, I’ve always been hesitant to do so, because I do not want to stretch or scrunch my cashmere knits. What’s your advice?

    Posted 2.20.21 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      A gentle tucking doesn’t affect my cashmere knits! I wouldn’t do the elastic hair tie twist and tuck though for more delicate knits

      Posted 2.24.21 Reply
  4. Philippa wrote:

    Just reviewed J Crew’s shirts and blouses for Spring 2021. Almost everything is way oversized – so called Classic fit. Barely any petites or slim fits in new stunning prints. Is this Covid related or a strategic permanent trend?

    Posted 2.18.21 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      I haven’t seen their full spring line yet so will have to check this out! My hunch is that oversized tops are seasonal rather than a permanent change.

      Posted 2.24.21 Reply
  5. Doreen Wong wrote:

    Can i please ask a question, Jean? I love your midi length black cowl neck dress, and you pulled it off so well! i have always avoided midi length dresses as i am petite like you, and worry it might make me look like i am wearing PJs.

    Can you give some advice on how to choose a midi dress for petites? Thank you so much, Jean!

    Posted 2.17.21 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Doreen, a tip I’ve seen a lot is to pick a midi length that hits towards the narrower part of your leg (ie the point where it narrows in right below your knee cap, or toward the lower part of your calf) rather than hitting at the widest part of your calf. But I wouldn’t worry too much about such guidelines and rules … I have become a firm believer that if you feel confident in and love a certain piece that’s all that matters!

      Posted 2.24.21 Reply

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