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.
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.
It's time to be honest with ourselves and with our closets — Fall is here. Time to put away those barely-there slipdresses and airy tanks, and make room for an arsenal of cozy wear-everyday sweaters. And, if you're like us, you've probably had most of these layering lifesavers stored away somewhere dark and out of sight. Translation? You're now having to deal with mothballs and pillings. In effect, we're making the seasonal switchover way easier for everyone involved, and here's how: know your fibers, invest in the power of Woolite, and stay far, far away from the dryer. For more tips and tricks on sweater-care etiquette (ones that will save you from the daily evils of wear and tear), just keep reading.Good Practices For Always
- Storage locale counts. Where you keep your sweaters is a huge factor in how they "age." The ideal storage spot for your cold-weather layers should be cool and dry. Direct sunlight (we know some of you rock those hanging racks) causes some fabrics to yellow, and as much as it makes sense to hang your sweaters, it's actually better to fold them. If you do decide to keep them hanging, splurge on cedar hangers, which help to repel moths.
- Keep the pilling at bay. You know those little balled-up pieces of fabric that gather when you've worn a sweater a few times? Well, they're easy to get rid of, and in no way, require a trip to the dry cleaners. We've got a quick video on how to dispel pillings, courtesy of FabSugar TV's Allison McNamara. Bottom line: invest in a sweater comb or shaver (and in desperate times, use a piece of fine-grit sandpaper).
- Know your fiber ABCs. Here's the deal: caring for your sweaters properly lands squarely on knowing what they're made from. Wool is an umbrella term for a textile fiber borne from sheep, goats, rabbits, and some members of the camel family. Still with us? OK, on that note, let's refresh our memories on the official wool breakdown. Angora refers to rabbit hair, mohair refers to hair from an Angora goat, cashmere stems from the hair of a Cashmere goat, merino is a type of sheep hair, and llama wool, well you know where that hair comes from.
Cold-weather layering can often become a fight against channeling the Michelin Man — when you're bundled up with sweaters, and a scarf, and a coat, it can be hard to give off a "don't worry, I'm super warm but still super hot" vibe. Fortunately, we've rounded up 13 cozy (yet still cute) cable-knit sweaters that will enhance your figure instead of hiding it and help keep you toasty while showing some sex appeal — just see how Freja Beha Erichsen pulls it off in this Zara campaign ad. Click through to see and shop our picks now.
We found our favorite Fall sweaters for girls, and now it's the boys' turn! From Mini Boden's whimsical raccoon logo-ed, striped-sleeved sweater for infants to J.Crew's classic cashmere sweater, these 12 stylish pullovers come in sizes for boys of all ages and at a variety of price points. Start shopping to find the knit that fits his personality.
The first day of Fall is upon us, and if you're anything like us, that means you're starting to comb the racks for cute sweaters for both you and your little ones. If you have a little fashionista in your household, no need to worry about endless hours at your local stores: we did the legwork for you and found 14 of the coolest sweaters of the season. These pullovers come in sizes for girls of all ages and at a variety of price points, so whether you're splurging on a sweater she just can't live without (can we recommend the gorgeous embellished Crewcuts number shown here?) or stocking up on warm clothes to get her through Winter, we have the knit that fits! Full disclosure: there's not a single one that we wouldn't wear ourselves. Start shopping now!
Sometimes it's not so much about reinventing the styling wheel as it is about reinvigorating it. That said, we're looking to punch up the ladylike layers we already own — a classic blouse-and-sweater set, in this case — with this season's prettiest Fall color combos. Trust us: it's a sweet and polished pairing that complements everything from a cozy tweed miniskirt to a slicked-up brocade trouser. And, to help you put your color-wheel cravings and cold-weather layering to work, we've styled up 10 of our favorite combos as a jumping-off point. First up: saffron yellow and emerald green. We wouldn't mind wearing this jeweled-toned combo with a black wool miniskirt and lace-up booties — what about you? Click on to see (and shop) the color combos worth experimenting with this Fall.