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It’s easy to pick out the classic winter fashion pieces that will easily translate into your cold-weather wardrobe. But it starts to get interesting when designers take a staple item like a winter-ready cashmere sweater and make us want to incorporate it back into our everyday looks in new and playful ways.
We chose the five best winter sweater styles from the Fall 2013 runways, and put together outfit inspirations to cozy up to for every occasion.
Winter sweater: Graphic print
On the runway: Givenchy, Christopher Kane, Sonia Rykiel, Moschino
Perfect for: A playful weekend sweater
How to wear it: A whimsical cartoon, geometric or Bill Cosby-inspired print works wonderfully as a fun, casual look when paired with jeans and flat ankle boots. For a night version of your winter fashion, pair a crisp white blouse underneath and a chunky necklace. Upgrade to any boot with a heel.
Winter sweater: The cable knit
On the runway: Tommy Hilfiger, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Paul & Joe, Max Mara
Perfect for: A sophisticated office look
How to wear it: While the fitted structure of the cable knit makes the sweater naturally classic, layering is key to taking it into a more playful realm. Add a denim blouse for gentle wash of colour under a creamy white boat neck sweater; pair over slim trousers or with a pencil skirt and leggings for the ultimate polished ensemble.
Winter sweater: The oversized sweater
On the runway: Stella McCartney, Emporio Armani, Proenza Schouler
Perfect for: A night out
How to wear it: Play around with form by mixing a boxy, crinoline sweater with an airy, loose-fitting bottom—like a pajama pant or billowy knee-length skirt (and pointy toe heels!). Or try it textured (read: fluffy) in a mint green or bubblegum pink tone over a pencil skirt—as styled on Emporio Armani’s Fall 203 runway—for an elegant evening event.
WINTER FASHION: 10 cozy and chic sweaters
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Winter sweater: The sweater cape
On the runway: Valentino, Just Cavalli, Chloé
Perfect for: A chilly fall day
How to wear it: As the cape mostly acts as cozy and chic outwear this season, go for a lively and statement print—that way you can instantly upgrade your basic jeans and T-shirt ensemble when heading outdoors. For a more pared-down yet high-glamour appeal, we love Valentino’s oversized cape in ivory or a floral blue print. A lesson in how to always be sophisticated. Always.
Winter sweater: The cashmere sweater
On the runway: Carven, Bottega Veneta, Nina Ricci, Chanel (Spring 2014)
Perfect for: An elegant soiree
How to wear it: For a classic film noir-inspired outfit, try a turtleneck cashmere sweater in a luscious deep mustard shade, paired with a gold pleated skirt. Or take a page right out of the Lagerfeld playbook at Chanel’s Spring 2014 runway—why have one cashmere sweater when you can layer three of varying colours? Tie a cashmere sweater around your neck, draping over the cropped cashmere sweater you’re currently wearing. Then wrap a third around your waist. Voila! Luxury!
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