It's that time — when all things cozy and comfortable have unmatched appeal. In an effort to keep even our knitwear as chic as possible (without compromising on comfort), we've scoured our favorite stores for the cold-weather essentials we'll need for the month ahead. Admittedly, some pieces aren't so basic — a little Fair Isle, a few stripes, or a bit of sheer here and there to add interest to Winter-perfect gray sweaters, chunky cardigans, and even skirts. As for the necessary elements, you'll find that we haven't skimped on comfy bottoms with stylish (yes, stylish) sweats and fleece-lined leggings. Just click through for a few of our favorite seasonal necessities, then shop to bundle up as comfortably and stylishly as possible.
Olivier Theyskens's capsule collection for Theory went somewhat against the grain — not at all a bad thing. While there were deliciously flared mustard corduroys, wide-leg palazzo pants, and the occasional supersexy maxidress, the majority of the collection focused on mini hemlines contrasted by must-have floor-length coats. The moody palette ranged from icy blues to stirring slate grays with dashes of deep wines and a pair of eye-catching red trouser pants. We have a feeling the cozy knits and impeccable outerwear pieces will fly off the racks come fall, but until then catch our entire coverage here!
Maybe it's not enough to have a sweater. Maybe you need a sweater that makes a bold statement. Missoni, Pringle, Marni, and Proenza Schouler all got creative with their knitwear for Pre-Fall, debuting styles that are heavy on texture, pattern, and color. Will you wear these new knits or are they way too in-your-face for you?
>> Stepping outside your cozy abode can be a cold and scary thought. No fear, our cuddly knit accessory picks are sure to alleviate your anxiety: Thinsulate-lined mittens from Lauer, wool blend scarves from Rag & Bone, and DVF head wraps are sure to keep you looking stylishly warm while you trek all over town. Peruse the slideshow for more of our favorite knits.
There are sweaters that keep you warm, then there are sweaters that make a statement while doing it. This textured, printed, bright-hued batch will keep you styled and cozy all season long. So, if you crave a Fab Fall sweater that pulls double duty, like maybe a poppy red blazer-style knit ($82), or a hot leopard print ($68), click on the items above and shop away!
About this time of year, layering becomes a way of life. For the next few months, bundling up in cozy knit wraps, jackets, and cardigans is one of our favorite things to do, and after searching through hundreds of options, we fell completely in lust with these four pieces from McQ, Urban Outfitters, Rag & Bone, and Tsumori Chisato. There's something for everyone, with styles varying from decadent draped toppers to tailored cardigans.
Left to right: Urban Outfitters byCORPUS Popcorn Sweater ($68), McQ Wool Cable-Knit Cardigan ($470), Tsumori Chisato Zigzag Loop Coat ($684), Rag & Bone Tweed Cashmere Cardigan ($374)
We have hit September! Yes! My jacket, layering, and boot-loving self is cheering quite eagerly for the upcoming season of Fall. And yes, I'm aware it's still 95 degrees outside, but at least the month title "September" makes me seem a bit less ridiculous when all I want to do is make posts about sweaters and boots, right? I'm just so in love with the season of Fall because it's just the right amount of cold where you don't have to look like you just got off of a ski lift to stay warm, but you can certainly break out all of your favorite jackets to wear! So, when I begin posting cold-weather clothes like a mad man (or woman for that matter) over the next couple of weeks, don't say you weren't warned.
Fall is always about bundling up, but Fall 2010 ditched ladylike and attacked extreme coziness — cocoon cozy, to be exact. Phillip Lim kept his sweaters cropped with extra long sleeves, Rad Hourani took his collars up, way up, and the Rodarte sisters opted for light colors and major fuzz. Other knits were oversized, and included rounded hems and large hoodies.
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On April 30, Serena Williams will be taking her style from the tennis courts to the HSN with the debut of her accessories and clothing collection, called Signature Statement. "I always want to make a statement, both on and off the court," said Williams. "One of my dreams has always been to share gorgeous gifts of fashion and luxury with the world. Off the court, my passion is fashion. Signature Statement is my own line of accessories and fashion, complete from jewelry to dresses."
The collection, retailing between $30 to $100, will include a trendy collection of jewels, handbags, and knitwear. Williams personally describes the accessories as "feminine, classic, statement pieces." Tell me: Are you interested in seeing Serena's skills off the court?
I have a sweet tooth, so naturally, I was drawn to this Fendi Honeycomb Knit Skirt ($1,250). The geometric cut-outs are interesting and artistic. It also looks super cozy, but I can see myself majorly snagging this baby on my first wear. The banded, bubble-like hem is also a concern.