Bundle up! 5 sweater styles for 2015, all under $100
Baby, it’s getting cold outside! Bundling up, though, doesn’t need to cost a bundle.
On the weekends, a patterned sweater-and-jeans combo is a simple way to make a style statement. During the workweek? A soft cashmere-blend sweater is a luxe must-have that lends a warm look to winter gray work trousers.
Brace for the cold weather in style by cozying up to these sweater trends. (Of course, a cup of hot cocoa is the perfect accessory).
The apres-ski look:
Fair isle sweaters have been around for ages. (The knitting technique that blends patterns and colors was popularized nearly a century ago by the Prince of Wales). We love seeing it emerge season-after-season in fresh new ways. This year? The fair isle prints are going big and bold. We’re color crushing on soft blue hues mixed with cherry red and grays on this playful sweater. Pair with distressed jeans and utility boots for an apres-ski-inspired look — even if you’re miles away from the slopes.
Style trick: Pattern play! Winter 2015/16 fair isle prints are just begging to be mixed with other patterns. Because the fair isle prints are large in scale, mix with a smaller-scale print. (I.e. a small checker print on a button up would make for a nice pairing underneath). To pull pattern mixing off like a pro, stay within the color scheme of your big pattern. Women’s Fair Isle Sweater, $39.94 (plus Cash Back), Oldnavy.com
The utilitarian turtleneck has made a mighty comeback. It started sneaking back into fashion in light, plain knits. But, this season we’re seeing it become bolder with chic patterns. This wool-blend grid turtleneck combines the look with one of the season’s fave patterns — windowpanes.
Style trick: Winterize your dresses! If you’ve got a capped sleeve or sleeveless dress, that, alone, would be too cool for winter, layer a turtleneck underneath. Pair with tights and boots and a statement necklace and you’ve saved your dresses from a long winter’s hibernation. Grid Turtleneck Sweater, $69.95 (plus Cash Back), Thelimited.com
Nouveau animal prints:
Move over leopards and zebras. There’s a new animal print rearing its adorable head. Instead of all-over animal prints, we’re spotting charming full-scale prints from the animal kingdom. Take a cold weather style cue from this adorable penguin pair. (Afterall, they always look sharp in the winter in a black-and-white tuxedo).
Style trick: Pair a fun sweater with a patterned skirt or pants. We’re thinking black and white buffalo plaid skirts or ditsy polka dot pants. Penguin Sweater, $59.50 (plus Cash Back), Loft
No need for a necklace with this season’s embellished necklines. We’re dazzled by the pretty beading that transforms this gray cardigan into a true style maker that can be a versatile wardrobe staple. Wear it buttoned up for a prim-and-proper work look and unbutton it and pair over dresses and T-shirts for a weekend look.
Style trick: Juxtapose the immaculate tailoring and sweet details with your favorite relaxed V-neck for an unexpected weekend look that feels kinda’ fancy, kinda’ fun. Embellished Neck Ann Cardigan, $89.50 (plus Cash Back), Anntaylor.com
It’s a wrap:
Fist bump to the fashion gods who came up with a design that looks chic, yes, but feels like we’re swaddled in a blanket. Ponchos and capes are the perfect way to warm up on a crisp day. This colorblocked, reversible cape in autumnal hues is a must-have layering piece and will add a dash of boho to your wardrobe.
Style trick: Make a cape figure-flattering by belting it and balancing it out with a pair of skinny jeans or pants and heeled boots. Echo Colorblock Reversible Cape, $58 (plus Cash Back), Nordstrom.com