A new addition to my collection of trophy pieces is Alice + Olivia‘s Kitty Bow Front Sweater Dress. It is a whole outfit and the best kind of trend salad, with puff sleeves, contrasting bow details, a circle-y skirt, and countless mini bobbles on a classic knit pattern; whether or not these elements work together is in the eye of the beholder. If it had been priced ($660 at retail) a little more affordably, or is more widely available, I’d make it my personal mission to put this dress in every closet.
The midweight knit material–51% cotton/49% wool–sufficiently maintains the structure of the dress’s puff sleeves and flared skirt. And the ribbed details at the cuffs, neck, and waistband contribute to the articulation of the piece. While I enjoy the ribbon tie concept at the front, the velvet material feels a bit cheap and this permanent detail also limits the versatility of the piece.
The fit is true to size for Alice + Olivia, or slightly small to size compared to mass market fashion.
You can buy the Alice + Olivia Kitty Bow Front Sweater Dress at Saks Fifth Avenue.
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I also own the Alice + Olivia Kitty Puff Sleeve Cardigan, which has full-length sleeves, and can be paired easily with whatever (p)leather bottoms you picked up for fall.