Ask Belle: Sweaters for the Office
Sep 15, 2015
My business casual office frowns upon employees who dress up too much for work. It’s hard because I came from the NYSE and wore a jacket every day for 10 years. My winter ‘uniform’ tends to be a pair of dress pants and a nice sweater (cashmere or not). Can you help me find some professional looking sweaters? I want something other than basics.
I love a great sweater, but so many winter knits are as boring as could be. Whether you choose a bold color, a cool shape, a dramatic neckline, or unique weaving pattern, selecting a sweater with a little something extra can give your outfit a punch of style. These kind of sweaters jazz up simple trousers, jeans or skirts and are perfect for a business casual environment or spicing up casual attire.
I posted this sweater once already, but I love the faux wrap. The fitted bottom keeps it from looking too blousy. Comes in four colors.
I love the bottom of this sweater; it’s very unique. The neckline and the chunky knit are also nice. Also comes in burgundy.
The geometric embellishment is really fun. For something in misses size, try this triangle embellished top in all black from Cynthia Vincent.
I love a peplum sweater. If they hit you in the right place, they can give you the look of a smaller waist and some femininity. This berry-colored one from CeCe and this affordable v-neck one from Hadley also caught my eye.
Old Navy has a gorgeous cowl sweater in several fall colors, also in plus-size. I love the relaxed shape and chunky knit of this Need Supply sweater and this textured shell pink sweater from ASOS is sublime.
The embellished collar is an interesting idea. With a fun updo, a pencil skirt, and a pair of t-strap heels, it could be really fun. For something more affordable, try this Oasis sweater in navy.