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Wear It Your Way

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Is it a scarf or a blouse? An enormous knit covers most of the model's torso on the runway of London label 16Arlington. / Photo 16Arlington.


By Janet Kelly

A SWEATER wrapped around another like a scarf is trending on fall 2024 runways. Michael Kors, for one, tossed one chunky knit over another, turning the top one so it’s slightly askew. Look, Mom, no coat!

Proenza Schouler models looked as if they had not quite finished dressing, as one arm hung out of a funnel-neck sweater that was turned on its side. At London brand 16Arlington, fuzzy knit sweaters doubled as scarves and tops, with some models wearing nothing else but an enormous sweater covering their torso. Another wore a sheer purple turtleneck under a white mohair dress with a celadon sweater tied over her shoulders and a shaggy faux fur collar at her neck. And, at Fendi, a twisted turtleneck sweater was layered over a sculpted coat.

You don’t have to be a fashion designer to wear a wear a sweater as a scarf or backwards or on a diagonal. Years ago I was full of admiration when the gorgeous orange cashmere scarf my Milanese friend was wearing turned out to be a sweater. In the most recent episode of “Capote Vs. The Swans,” instead of putting a scarf around her neck, Babe Paley changes her mind and ties it to her handbag.

Have you worn something lately not as it was intended—say, a scarf as a blouse or as a belt or wristlet? Earrings like barrettes in your hair, as sparkly clips on your shoes or in place of a missing button? Or is there a way you’re wearing any piece of clothing or accessory in an unexpected way? Do tell us what it is and how you’re wearing it, and if you’ve got a photo or are willing to take one (pretty please!), send it to us (, and we’ll share it in a future post.


4 thoughts on “Wear It Your Way

  1. Nancy G says:

    About the only out of the ordinary thing I do is wear totally mismatched earrings. I have a total of 5 piercings, so I can get a lot of mileage out of my ears. Thinking of getting another one for my birthday this month. And, even though I’m always cold in the winter months, the thought of wearing a sweater around my neck on top of another sweater is too much even for me. Of course, I’m not 6 ft tall, either.

    1. Janet Kelly says:

      Hadn’t thought of getting mileage out of ears–but why not?!

  2. Carol says:

    Interesting… after much pondering the only thing I can think of is using a brooch or pin for a missing button. As for a sweater as a scarf over a sweater, don’t see me doing that as would be too warm for me and don’t think would look good on me anyway. Looks like way too much fabric, don’t think attractive.

    1. Janet Kelly says:

      The sweater over the scarf in the Michael Kors photo does look like a lot of material, but you have to remember on fashion runways, everything is exaggerated. If you can visualize how it would look with thinner materials, it might interest you more.

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