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.
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.