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Ask Belle: Sweaters for Now and Later

Hi Belle,

My relatives all give me cash or gift cards for Christmas, so I’d like to spend some money on sweaters that will be in style next year.  I live in Wisconsin and my wardrobe just isn’t warm enough.  Can you help me choose a few that will be good for the remainder of this year and still stylish enough to wear next year?

Love the blog, keep it up!  Tara

The post-holiday lull is a great time to shop for the next year.  I always try to grab a new overcoat, a wool dress or two and boots.  But, you’re right, choosing classic pieces that can last for years, is the key.

I recommend sticking with solid colors, pieces with a bit of texture and/or simple prints, like stripes.  I’d also choose timeless colors.  Neutrals are safe, as are jewel tones or fall hues.  Avoid pastels and fluorescents.

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Ann Taylor Cashmere Crewneck ($139) // Hive & Honey Waffle Cowl ($55) // Vince V-Neck Sweater ($209)

If you’re hunting for sales, I would start at Ann Taylor, J.Crew (avoid printed sweaters) and Banana Republic.  I also like Gap sweaters (but you should size down).  And don’t discount the Nordstrom sale section.

At Ann Taylor, I found some reasonably priced cashmere, like the sweater above.  I also like this ivory and navy striped sweater that could work into the spring, and this boatneck sweater for layering.

Another great place to go looking is Piperlime.  They have a huge selection of sweaters that aren’t yet on sale, but will probably be discounted soon.  I like this chunky Scandinavian-looking sweater from Suss, perfect for casual wear.  I also like the relaxed-chic of this French Connection tie-front sweater.  This simple, grey pullover from Joie also caught my eye.  But the sweater I’m waiting to hit the sale rack is this slouchy, Equipment crewneck in a tunic length.

When shopping for sweaters at the end of the season, don’t let the temptation to score a deal lead you astray.  Focus on classic pieces in timeless shapes and colors that fit you well.  Otherwise, you’re just throwing your money away.

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    2 comments

  1. maidenjedi says:

    I braved an Ann Taylor Outlet today and the cashmere crew was on special for $39.

    December 26, 2013/Reply
  2. SLG says:

    Can anyone speak to the quality of Everlane sweaters? They carry some fairly classic shapes in neutral tones.

    December 28, 2013/Reply