The closer it gets to the end of December, the chillier it seems to get. Well, to this Bay Area native, it’s definitely been on the chilly side. My remedy for chill is always to throw on a sweater. This means that all the layers underneath will have to be relatively un-bulky and that a variety of sweaters can be useful. With winter swiftly approaching, sweaters will be making a regular appearance in my outfit rotation – here’s how I’m styling them.
Sweater + Dress
As I am writing this, I am currently rocking this trend with a floor length pleated coral dress and grey/white polka dot sweater tied at the waist. When I was frantically throwing clothes around my bedroom this morning in search of the perfect skirt, I realized that there aren’t enough qualified skirts in my closet, end ended up wearing a dress instead.
I chose the three examples above for a few reasons. First – the common thread is the oversized sweater. It hides holiday pudge, provides a snuggly layer and adds volume and movement to the entire look.
The second reason I chose these photos is because of the color story happening. One might think pink tutu skirt = 5 year old, but the first model grounds the look with a deep, fall berry sweater which adds sophistication and compliments the pink. The second model, @andystyle, is bringing chic sexiness with the boots and mini dress, but the sweater makes the whole look more daytime appropriate. And everything happening in the third photo is literally perfect year around.
The final reason I chose these photos is because of the variety in aesthetic. The first model is very feminine, while the second is quite polished and the last has a hint of edgy bohemian. Use these photos as inspiration for your own dress/sweater combo.
Sweater + Vest
For maximum warmth – the sweater vest combo has been reborn into the vest over sweater combo. This combination is perfect for outdoor activities like ice skating or holiday shopping. This look works great for indoors as well because wearing a vest inside doesn’t look as out of place as wearing a full-on jacket, but it will still keep you warm.
A common theme with these photos is that the vest is the star of the show. Pick up a vest in a statement color or print and design your outfit around that. Keep an eye out for vest length. Too short, and it can add width to your upper body, too long and it can look dowdy.
Sweater + Necklace
The perfect way to make a sweater look less blah is to add some bling! A chunky necklace that hangs somewhere around the collar of your sweater adds enough interest and picks up any sparkle in your skin and makeup. I would recommend having a couple necklaces on hand, so you’re not always wearing the same one. I love the industrial one pictured center. That is a great investment piece and can be worn all year round. I’d recommend another with a bit more glitz and glam reserved for sprucing up a dull outfit.
This necklace from Forever 21 is perfect for winter and spring and works well with both warm and cool colors. Because the necklace becomes the statement piece, everything else can be super simple and the outfit will still turn out chic AF.
Sweater + Chambray
A denim shirt, AKA chambray shirt, is a staple that all women should have because it can end up being one of the most versatile pieces in your closet. Worn alone, the chambray shirt can look semi-casual, but with a winter sweater? It adds a sense of sophistication that neither the sweater or shirt could accomplish alone.
The photos above reference some of my other sweater styling tips (necklace, accessories) and for the most part, the common theme is neutrals. Mix in a sweater, either solid or printed, that is mostly neutral colors. Stripes are always a good idea and make sure the volume of the print matches the volume of the sweater (i.e. no oversized sweaters with tiny stripes).
Oversized Sweater + Oversized Accessories
Apparently, more layers and luggage = more fashionable, so a large sweater definitely calls for large accessories to match. Pull out your Lenny Kravitz blanket scarf, tote sized clutch and huge sunglasses – this trend is going to get you through the entire winter. Other ways to wear this trend: long, dangly earrings | brimmed hat | wide belt | cluster of rings | cuff bracelet. The outfit should have a 2:1 ratio of oversized to delicate/form fitting items. Think oversized sweater, skinny jeans, blanket scarf and duster jacket.
I hope this has given you some sweater styling inspiration. Here’s my challenge – wear an outfit in the next week incorporating one of these tips. I know this is going to make wearing sweaters for the next 8 weeks a whole lot easier. Speaking of easier, don’t forget to check out my previous post on pre-planning outfits!