Sweater Dressing in Style

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Who can believe that just a few short weeks ago we were walking around sockless and sans jackets? It seems as though we’ve gone from summer to late fall in a New York minute. While the dip in temperatures may still seem like a shock to the system, there is a silver lining…It’s officially sweater weather!

Over the years many of us have amassed more sweaters than we care to admit. Probably few, however, are sweaters that we really l-o-v-e. Maybe it’s because we’ve been gifted them by well-intentioned family members who don’t know our style.  Or perhaps we think of sweaters as simply items of necessity that should be functional and warm, rather than fashionable and chic.

Whatever your reasons, I’m excited to say this season you’ll actually be inspired to clean out your sweater drawers and swap out your less-than-stellar options.  That’s because the sweater is stealing the spotlight with colors, patterns and sleeve details that officially make it a covetable – and fashionable – item.  So read on for six styles that will encourage you to send your less stylish sweaters packing, paving the way for more contemporary counterparts. And for additional sweater-shopping inspo, check out my curated collection.

Bright On

Sweater Dressing in StyleI love a soft taupe or gray sweater as much as the next gal, but when it’s cold and gray and damp, there’s nothing like a shot of color to lift the spirits…especially on a Monday.  This pick not only offers you an opportunity to start your week off on a whimsical note, rendered in cashmere it also injects a bit of luxe into your wardrobe. Note: If Monday truly isn’t your jam, choose sweaters that sport Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and so on, offered in other happy hues. (Available at Nordstrom.)


Cardie Party

Sweater Dressing in StyleLong or short, with buttons or without, cardigans are a key item during the cold weather months.  Chances are you’ve already got the basics but this season why not go beyond and opt for one with an interesting accent or detail?  Here a classic crewneck cardie has been given a makeover with fun, faux ostrich feathers across the front. It’s a versatile item, working back to everything from your favorite jeans to a leather skirt. What’s more it easily makes the transition from day to night. (Available at Nordstrom.)

Easy Like Sunday Morning

Sweater Dressing in StyleMy wardrobe philosophy has always been about having easy-to-wear (and pair) pieces that help you look and feel great. After all, life is hard…Getting dressed shouldn’t be!  If you’ve ever longed for a comfy, yet chic weekend sweater, this one is it. The poncho styling mean’s it’s forgiving, while the longer length makes it the perfect companion to leggings, jeggings and the like. What’s more, the color blocking treatment and handkerchief hem up the style quotient.  Fair warning…While you may buy it for the weekend, chances are this one will make its way into the work week. (Available at Macy’s.)

Evening Appeal

Sweater Dressing in StyleWe tend to think of sweater dressing for day. However this season we’ve got more than a few glam options to help take this wardrobe staple out for a night on the town.  Choose from strategic cutouts, shimmering metallics and shoulder-bearing silhouettes that will take you to drinks, dinner or a holiday soiree.  With this one-shoulder option, you’ll want to skip the necklace and instead opt for a statement earring.  Add your favorite black bottom and away you go. (Available at ShopBop.)

Pattern Play

Sweater Dressing in StyleI would never downplay the versatility of solid colors. (I think of them as the building block of any wardrobe.) That said, a steady diet of them can sometimes leave us wanting more. Patterns add a bit of visual interest to any wardrobe and this season fashion gives us a whole bunch to play with.  Think bold stripes, oversized checks and dots with personality. If you’re a bit pattern phobic no worries, as the texture of a knit will tone down even the most outspoken of patterns. Alternatively, if you love the idea of pattern mixing as much as I do, there are plenty of mixed media options, like this patchwork poncho sweater. (Available at Saks.)

Sleeves Please

Sweater Dressing in StyleWhat’s the easiest way to take a simple sweater from basic to bold? You guessed it…a statement sleeve! A carry over from our favorite spring blouses, this season big, bold sleeves have made their way into the sweater arena.  From tiered to flared to balloon, we’re certainly spoiled for choice. Admittedly, it’s hard to stop at just one – and who would want to?  It’s the easiest way I know to up the fun factor to your sweater wardrobe.  This bell-sleeve beauty is accented with plush velvet ribbons to add a romantic look and feel to this cozy and seasonal companion. (Available at Nordstrom.)

Sure sweaters still serve a purpose. However this fall there’s no need to fashion for function.  Here’s to a cozy, yet stylish holiday season!

Carol Davidson is a life and style coach, as well as a fellow Tomato. She takes great pride in helping others create a life that feels as good as it looks. Her expertise has helped thousands tackle their careers and personal lives with confidence and enthusiasm.  To learn more about her wardrobe and life coaching services for yourself or those on your holiday gift list, please reach out to her at Carol@CarolDavidson.com. For more shopping picks and lifestyle tips, please visit Carol on FB: Carol DavidsonLifeStyleStrategy and follow her on Twitter @CarolDavidson.


  • Carol Davidson

    For over 15 years, Carol Davidson has helped women transform their appearance, wardrobe and self-esteem. Her style and life coaching advice has helped women tackle their careers and personal lives with confidence and enthusiasm. Clients have told Carol they look better and feel better about how they look and the life they lead. They move forward with greater ease and confidently show up for matters most. Carol is an educator at the Fashion Institute of Technology and has been quoted in countless media outlets including: businessweek.com, Forbes.com, ivillage.com, SmartMoney and Real Simple. While she calls NYC and South Florida “home,” her reach includes the Tri-State area and beyond. Her Skype consultations and easy-to-use, private, online closet, shopping and lookbook platform allow her to work with clients across the country and around the world. For more of Carol’s style picks and lifestyle tips, please visit her at: CarolDavidson.com and like her on FB: CarolDavidsonLifeStyleStrategy. You can also find her on twitter @CarolDavidson.

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