Let’s face it. If the winter season continues to remain mild instead of what we all imagine and know our Midwest winters to actually be, there is almost little or no need for the gorgeous winter coats hanging on the retail racks this season. Instead, we must search for options that will keep us warm while outside but also ones that won’t take our internal thermometer past its boiling point.
In preparation for many upcoming days and nights of traveling and sitting in hotels and airports, I decided to pick up a new hobby…knitting! While I haven’t gotten very far in terms of finished projects, I am beginning to notice house easily some sweaters on the sales floor (and at full price in retails shops) can be made at home, not to mention all of the different kinds of patterns in sweaters this season.
It’s all about the chunk! Chunky knits are everywhere and in more ways than one. If you think there is only the classic cable knit sweater out there think again! Good knits are practically priceless in terms of cost per wear! If kept properly clean, sweaters have the ability to last you years with dozens of use per season. So, you might be asking, “but how do I continue to wear my same knit sweaters over and over again without looking as though I am on constant repeat?”
There are tons of ways to wear knit sweaters! As with almost anything fashion related, you must be willing to think “outside the box” in terms of putting a look together. I guarantee there are most likely 5-10 wardrobe combinations in your closet you haven’t thought about putting together. Not because you have a lack of imagination or are a fashion failure by any means; but, simply because we all get stuck in our ways of dressing and don’t often enough pull our creative juices from the storage bins in our brain.
Some of my favorite looks include pairing a chunky knit vest over a snug fitting turtleneck. The vest covers enough to keep you at just the right temperature without overheating and I always find turtlenecks extremely comfortable to wear. Another one of my suggested looks is pairing a cropped cardigan over an extra long button down oxford. Pair these ultra comfy pieces with some cigarette or Ponte pants, brogues, and chic bag and you will soon be the stylish one on any street.
Knits can be difficult to wear. Many chunky knits often add excessive bulk in areas you particularly don’t want excessive bulk to be. While it is important to find a sizeable knit suited for you as an individual, it is also important to remember how to balance out your look. If you’re chunky on top, wear a tighter fitting jean, legging, or trouser to show off your great legs. I also suggest adding somewhat of a heel to give you a few more inches. A taller self always looks thinner and exudes more confidence. And if you’re feeling bold, brave, and wish to take knits this season one step beyond others, try sporting a full length knit dress.
Since a cardigan is a must for any and all closets, it only seems appropriate to make sure I mention how great this cut works on almost anybody in any size knit. Cardigans can easily be taken on or off allowing you to help control your own temperature. If you know you want to leave your cardigan on all day even when outside or in, try punching up your look by adding some fur, glittered buttons, or hardware detail. These things can instantly step up your look and make you stand apart from the crowd (in a very big way and fashionable way)! Take a note from Olivia Palermo…
So, until our winter season decides to actually turn into a real Midwest winter that we all know (and hate) and until my knitting skills improve along with my patience, let us keep warm and stylish with knits of all colors, shapes, and sizes!