The cold weather is kicking in, and now we're reaching for cozy sweaters to stay warm! That being said, sweaters can be tricky to style — you want to look pulled together while still beating the cold. Cue Rachel Zoe and Emma Roberts, who were both spotted sporting comfy knits in LA yesterday. Rachel went for a really oversize silhouette that she cinched with an unexpected (and stylish) fanny pack, while Emma reached for a soft pullover in a muted pink hue. Watch today's Fab Flash for all the details! On Allison: J.Crew sweater, Erickson Beamon necklace.
Psst — we're letting you in on a little secret. L.L.Bean has the most amazing cable-knit sweater in the little boys' section. Yes, you heard right; the little boys' section. Truth be told, I found this gem two years ago when I was on the hunt for the perfect shrunken sweater, only to be seriously disappointed when the retailer didn't bring it back last year. Alas, all of my vigilant checking — and scouring — has paid off this season, because L.L.Bean has brought the sweater back in three colors: ivory, navy, and gray. The warm cotton/acrylic blend means it's super cozy (and not itchy) and it's washer-machine friendly. At $40 a pop, you can stock up on all three colors. Believe us: you won't regret it.
Although we're all about staying warm when the weather cools, we also believe firmly in looking cute while staying cozy. That's where slip dresses and sweaters come in. They've earned a reputation as one of our favorite Fall outfit combos, thanks to their one-part-sexy, one-part-comfy style formula. We start with a slinky slip dress underneath, then cover up with a perfect pullover or chunky cardigan to keep the chill at bay, giving us the best of both worlds — and what's better than that? Well, actually, it does get better: we've done the work (and the shopping) for you, with nine easy outfit combos to slip into right now — just click on.
The cardigan-and-blouse combo is a tried-and-true favorite, and this season, we're looking to inject a fresh twist to this styling trick with pretty color combinations, textural intrigue, and fun prints. First up? Try pairing an oversize cable-knit, grandpa-inspired cardigan with a silk plaid top for a look that can easily be worn to the cabin (with cords and fur-lined boots), or with leather leggings and metallic oxfords for an effortless downtown aesthetic. Cute, right? Keep clicking for four more cardi-and-blouse combos we promise you'll want to wear all season long.
Before we get into why we're all for Fall's current intarsia sweater obsession, let's talk about what intarsia is first. "Intarsia" refers to a knitting technique — not a fabric or a print — used to create multicolored patterns. And while it looks like the colors are interwoven, they are actually all separate pieces that just happen to fit together perfectly, like a jigsaw puzzle. It requires some skilled handcrafting, and as you can see, it manifests itself in bold colorways and quirky prints. Now, it should be obvious why the intarsia sweater craze is right up our alley. Sure, everyone — and we mean everyone — from Stella McCartney, Altuzarra, and Kenzo to Markus Lupfer, Marc Jacobs, and Mary Katrantzou is adding their own personal spin on the look, but the number one reason we're backing this trend? It's sweater season, and there's no better way to layer up than with a sweater that provides a much-needed burst of brightness and textural intrigue. Plus, these sweaters happen to make a pretty vibrant statement all on their own. Click through our editors' picks below and fall in love with your next (intarsia) purchase.
Clockwise, from top left: Mary Katrantzou Fall 2012 runway, 3.1 Phillip Lim Kill the Night comic featuring the designer's intarsia sweaters, Kenzo Intarsia Angora-Blend Sweater ($640), and Paris Fashion Week street style.
Last night at the Samsung Galaxy party in LA, Jamie-Lynn Sigler showed off a dressy-cum-casual look on the red carpet, and while her skinny jeans and black suede ankle boots were cool, what we're really focusing on is her top half. We love that the actress paired two cozy tops with one another: a gray short-sleeved sweater over a white long-sleeved tee. It made for an even cozier feel. A chunky silver watch and bold red lips completed Jamie-Lynn's look. Next time you reach for your jeans, sweater, and booties, remember to also grab an extra long-sleeved top for the perfect layering look.
Fall is my favorite time of year because it gives me an excuse to snuggle into my lushest wool sweaters as I head out into the crispening weather. Of course, my pup has the softest coat of all, but when the bite in the air rivals her bark, I can't help but swaddle her in something cozy for her walks. Etsy and its congregation of talented craftspeople are my go-to source for all things snug and toasty, so I've picked out my favorite warm and woolies for pets this Fall!
Whether your style proves Ivy League-inspired all year round or you just happen to prefer classically charged Fall layering, we've got a preppy sweater lineup you won't be able to resist. Between these sweaters' enticing price point (nothing over $100 — beat that budget!) and a timeless aesthetic (cable-knit piping, slick elbow patches, turtleneck silhouettes, and the no-fail crewneck pullover), we're positive you'll get your prep-school fix and then some. Pair a navy nautical-striped iteration with dark-wash skinny jeans, brown riding boots, and a tailored trench coat if you're going for the all-American approach. Or style a more relaxed toggle-detailed rendition with slouchy boyfriend jeans and Tretorn sneakers for a laid-back rainy-day slant. We could keep going, but we'd rather you click on to see what's at your preppy-sweater disposal.
We're always looking for effortless ways to mix up our wardrobe staples and this season, we suggest you try out the latest fashion formula: peplum sweater + cropped wool pants + oxfords. Not only will it keep you looking warm and comfortable, but the juxtaposition between the feminine top and boyish footwear also emotes the perfect borrowed-from-the-boys look. Mix together jewel-toned hues for a rich saturated look or black and white for a classic color combo, and try highlighting different textures for an extra cozy look. Easy peasy, especially since we've already created these outfits for you — see and shop them now.
Sweater vests were once reserved for dads, stodgy prepsters, and Doug Funnie, but this season, they've taken on a whole new meaning. We're especially smitten with the recent crop of sleek, sophisticated sweater vests that are more modern hipster than Ivy League princess — brands like Theory, J.Crew, and Joseph are offering up vibrant, cozy pieces that perfectly fuse the classic silhouette with fresh fabrics and patterns. Of course, it's all about the styling with these: we love the look of a crisp white button-down topped with a colorful sweater vest, but it's also quite cool to mix it up by layering one with a fitted long-sleeved tee, and cinching it at the waist with a leopard-print belt. No matter how you wear it, the sweater vest is shaping up to be one of the coolest, easiest ways to show your preppy side without going too Blair Waldorf. We've rounded up eight pieces that will go with everything from boyfriend jeans to leather skirts — click through to shop them all now.