Sweater Dress 4 Ways + Petite Pant Picks

how to transition a sweater dress to spring

Sweater dresses are one of my favorite closet staples – aside from being so darn comfortable and easy to throw on for a “one and done” outfit, they can also be quite versatile for layered looks. I’m partnering with Express to share a cozy yet elegant sweater dress that is also bump friendly and comes in two beautiful neutral colors. It’s fully stocked at an awesome sale price right now, and is so good I’m eying the Seneca Rock color too. For other sweater dresses available in petite or xxs regular, they also have this shift style dress that comes in 3 colors and this chic off shoulder one.

cream sweater dress petite knee high boots

Express sweater dress xxs, Edited Pieces boots 5 (sign up for restocks)

Other Petite-Friendly Finds

I wanted to share a few other petite-friendly pieces I have tried on and love! I’ve been so happy with their pants lately (thank you “short” inseam), all of which happen to be fairly wrinkle resistant too..

  • Twill bootcut pant – These in 00 Short fit me like a dream and are stretchy & so elongating!
  • Double pleat trouser – French chic straight leg, nice and lightweight
  • Pleated ankle pant – See on me in “swan” here. Looser fit but are also a classic.
  • Twill slim pant – Another old favorite of mine if you like a slim silhouette. Stretchy and comfy.
  • Tweed mini skirt – runs small for Express and will fit extra petite ladies with no alterations
  • Pearl cuff cross front top– drapes beautifully and pairs well with any of the above pants or you can dress it down with a pair of jeans in pretty much any color. This top in white requires a skin-toned bra and some steaming out of the package, but I’ve been loving it so much I also want the black.
Sweater Dress 4 Ways

Below are a few different ways you can style this dress. The length is above the knee on the model, but hits me right at the knee which I prefer. Note the sleeves are a little long on me so I have them cuffed up once.

1. Girls night

This is one of my favorite tricks for shortening a dress – it doesn’t always look right, but it works like a charm with this particular dress! Simply put on a skinny belt and fold some fabric over the top of the belt, which essentially raises the hemline and creates a completely different look with this dress.

petite sweater dress outfits

Express sweater dress xxs, fleece lined tights (my review), Cole Haan boots, Polene bag

2. Cozy Date Night

Worn simply by itself with a pair of tall boots or ankle booties.

Express sweater dress outfits

3. Work

Layered with a midi skirt (actually very comfortable when layered underneath, since it’s soft and stretchy) and some pumps or flats.

creative ways to style a sweater dress

Express sweater dress xxs, Express pleated skirt (old), Sole society bag (old)

4. Lunch Meeting

Topped with a sleek coatigan and crossbody bag. I just love the combination of light grey with the beige!
Express sweater dress outfits for winter

Express sweater dress xxs, Zara coat, Prada bag

Thank you to Express for partnering on this post.

4 ways to style a sweater dress


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  1. Prajakta wrote:

    Hi Jean, for the double pleat trouser from express – do you have a pic of you wearing them and what size did you buy? Thanks

    Posted 1.30.22 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      I’ll post a picture in them on my LTK this week! I ordered the 00 short and the waist fit a little loose on me, but the length was good!

      Posted 1.31.22 Reply
  2. Fernanda wrote:

    Hi, Jean!!! I love this post!!! And I love how you keep up with your blog and not just IG! Rare these days! I love IG, but that can’t replace your always detailed and thoughtful posts!!!! Thank you!!!!! 🙂

    Posted 1.30.22 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Thank you Fernanda! I so appreciate your sweet note and encouragement!

      Posted 1.31.22 Reply
  3. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi Jean! Question for you on your first style photo (the Girls Night one) – how do you get the sweater dress to stay folded down? Mine tends to pouf out and look weird above the belt.

    Posted 1.26.22 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      I think it totally depends on the material! If it’s something thinner or more draping, in this case a knit, I usually have no problem keeping it folded down well

      Posted 1.31.22 Reply
  4. April Barnes wrote:

    Hi Jean,
    Love this post! Thanks for showing some more options with sweater dresses, also one of my favorites! Thanks also for the pant recommendations….I haven’t tried Express yet but I will now! I also want to try those black sheer leggings. Thanks again!

    Posted 1.26.22 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Thank you April! I’ve had good luck with their jeans and more formal trousers in the short inseams!

      Posted 1.31.22 Reply

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