This season’s knits: Cozy and cool.
By Janet Kelly
MY STASH of sweaters, including a navy blue v-neck from Uniqlo I purloined from my husband, made perfect attire for a mostly stay-at-home existence. Currently they’re more of a closet snooze.
However, this season, designers have been infusing their knit creations with new spirit, thanks to bold graphics, bright colors, a variety of textures and silhouettes and shiny embellishments. Cheery palettes and striking patterns from the likes of Ganni, Alex Mill, ba&sh, Perserico and more will keep wintry gray skies from darkening your mood.
If your sweaters are looking stale, too, it’s time to push the refresh button and click through our selection of warm layers below.
Zara calls this soft moss-colored knit a wide lapel sweater; to us it looks more like a sweater with a cape and a very cool-looking one at that. It rings in at an easy-on-the-wallet $49.90.
The first time I encountered the name Pier Antonio Gaspari was while browsing the offerings at a neighborhood shop last week. Intrigued, I looked for more of his designs and found this bold-colored intarsia-knit cardigan. It’s currently sold out in bright orange, but the standout sweater is still available in an equally vibrant ocean blue at Farfetch for $941.
Here’s another one of Pier Antonio Gaspari’s arty designs. The turtleneck with abstract embroidery is $314.61 at Italist.
You might be tempted to pair Mango’s pearl-embellished chunky knit sweater with a silk or satin skirt or pants for a dressy holiday occasion. That’s fine, but may we suggest you consider countering the feminine vibe of the sweater with a pair of jeans? It’s $79.99.
With its flattering, fitted silhouette, Tory Burch’s mohair, harlequin-pattern sweater looks smart and not in the slightest bit clownish when tucked into tailored pants, as shown above on Burch’s runway. It sells for $548.
Polo styles like this Alex Mill Alice Polo sweater ($285) and Tory Burch’s (see above) are a welcome sight for anyone who loves the classic preppy look but not its classic colors and patterns. In luxe, two-ply cashmere, Alice is available in oatmeal, black and gray, as well as this excellent shocking pink. A cotton version for $135 comes in red, navy, oatmeal and emerald.
Happily for SAD sufferers, pink is popping up all over, like on this oh-so-soft wool and mohair blend sweater from By Malene Birger. The cozy knit has an easy, relaxed fit with a v-neckline and slightly billowy sleeves. Complete the look and pair with the matching skirt or for a contrast in texture, with leather trousers. It sells for a spendy $750 at Moda Operandi.
Milanese women nod their heads in approval when you mention Perserico. “High quality,” they say knowingly. We think this ombre alpaca-blend sweater will prove their point. It’s $339 at Farfetch.
&Other Stories’s wool-blend glitter cardigan throws a little light on the subject—you—which is always a good thing, holiday season or not. Plus, it comes in this lovely lilac color—for $119.
Laid-back dropped shoulders, chunky ribbed trim and a color-block pattern distinguish Cos’s mohair oversize v-neck cardigan ($235). Although it’s no longer available in dark green and cream as shown here, there are a few sizes left in a navy and cream combo.
Turkish label Siedrés is known for sunny hues and patterns. On the label’s website this letterman sweater is paired with multicolored print pants, accented with shiny stone details. Alternatively, the acrylic knit v-neck cardigan would make nice with boots and boyfriend jeans. It sells for $280 at Moda Operandi.
Ganni updates a classic half-zip pullover ($445, Frankie Shop) in a speckled blue-and-white hue and a textural cable knit. Curious about those luscious blue pants? We were, too. They’re vegan leather trousers from Nanushka, but they’re sold out for the moment.
Seventy’s alpaca-blend cropped sweater with sleeves that hit just above the elbow won us over with its pale green color, bouclé texture and embroidered-crystal neckline.
French fashion label ba&sh shows off its je ne sais quoi chic in its sweater collection. Par exemple, this 1960s-vintage-inspired Bianca cardigan with bracelet sleeves, retro buttons and decorative braid trim on the pockets and front placket.
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