5 Fun Ways to Style Your Sweaters This Season
The fall runways were sort of revolutionary for knitwear. Designers suggested we wear our political statements on our sleeves, turn our ski sweaters and '90s tracksuits into high fashion staples, and make our coziest knit black-tie appropriate.
If all of this sounds completely crazy to you, we’ve helped narrow down our favorite knitwear trends of the season. Here's how to wear each — ski trip optional (but strongly encouraged).
Prabal Gurung, Creatures of Comfort, and Public School were among the designers that got political on the runway for fall. Wear your opinions on your sleeve with Lingua Franca’s line of political knits (net-a-porter.com, $360). It’s an easy way to spread awareness and make a statement, literally. Keep it casual with a pair of the best wide-leg jeans in town (motherdenim.com, $278) and a perfect fall boot (madewell.com, $228). Throw a fun coat on top like this one from Sea (net-a-porter.com, $1,250). And while you’re at it, pair the slogan knit with sustainable fashion like reusable totes (madewell.com, $5) and jewelry with a purpose like this one from Brave Collection (thebravecollection.com, $38). That way you’re actually practicing what you preach.
Knitwear As Eveningwear
There are few things more uncomfortable than having to attend a black tie event in the dead of winter. I usually have to leave my coat on for longer than what’s appropriate upon walking into the venue after trekking in from a snowstorm. This season, designers like Ryan Roche showed us how to dress up our knitwear in order to make them cocktail attire appropriate. Keeping your look monochrome, pair a rich cashmere sweater (revolve.com, $190) with a silk skirt (net-a-porter.com, $255) or over a slip dress. Dress it up with fancy accessories like Manolo Blahnik's timeless Hangisi Pumps (neimanmarcus.com, $965) and a statement earring (spinellikilcollin.com, $7,200). Add a pop of color with a modern clutch (modaoperandi.com, $1,150) and a bold lip (nordstrom.com, $26) and you'll be the coziest girl at the party.
A lurex knit (net-a-porter.com, $495) is the perfect foundation for a modern fall look. A little bit of shine will go along way by inspiring you to kick the basics up a notch with a croc-printed patent skirt (stories.com, $245) and this season’s trendiest accessories like a white boot (byfarshoes.com, $547) and Simon Miller’s Bonsai Mini Bucket Bag (net-a-porter.com, $390). Keep the jewelry minimal and classic (garlandcollection.com, $920). Then top the look off with a cool glen plaid coat (pixiemarket.com, $284). This fall, think of lurex as your new neutral.
The Elevated Tracksuit
The tracksuit is here to stay so find one that you’ll actually want to wear (net-a-porter.com, $1,235). In order to take this habitual loungewear set outside of the house, you’ll want to dress it up by adding feminine accessories like structured bags in subtle hues (modaoperandi.com, $825), a pretty statement headband (net-a-porter.com, $390) or fun fashion flats (net-a-porter.com, $595). If you’re traveling, pack a playful eye mask (asceno.com, $61) and a rejuvenating travel set like this one from Mila Moursi (barneys.com, $255). This way, you’ll surely be the chicest traveler at the airport.
Ski Sweaters, Reinvented
The last time you wore a ski sweater was probably at a tacky sweater party last winter or cozying up by the fire after a long day on the slopes. This season, designers decided to take ski sweaters and their Fair Isle prints up a notch, pairing them with elevated pieces and dressing them up with heels like these white slingbacks (topshop.com, $100). Atop a pair of plaid flares (net-a-porter.com, $720), layer your ski sweater (toryburch.com, $448) over a Victorian ruffled top (gap.com, $60) and accessorize with a sleek saddle bag (net-a-porter.com, $895) and a twist on classic pearl earrings (beckjewels.com, $210). With a look like this, we might need to rethink the name for those “tacky sweater parties.”