Now that we're back to the grind and our post-holiday lives are starting to calm down, we've got the coldest days of the year upon us. It might be dark, the trees might be bare, but at least you've got your winter wardrobe to look forward to. Because it might have been a while since you pulled out your warmest knits, here's a reminder of the best sweater types, trends and classics that strutted down the runway this past fall. Get inspired, go through your closet and see if you can't pick up a few new styling ideas direct from our favorite designers.
Everything about this shot is stunning. From the gorgeous, slightly washed out blue of the sweater to the chunky design to the cut, and the maxi bottom replete with pockets, you can steal this styling any time you want. We won't tell. Feel free to borrow the belt idea, too.
We're loving Fair Isle right now, and J.Crew is the go-to retailer for it. Keep the ankle-length pants and switch out the heels for your favorite pair of knee-high heeled boots.
Oversize sweaters pay homage to the boyfriend style trend that no one can quite seem to get enough of — including us. Sure it might be a little 80s, but as long as you don't finish off a look like this with neon high tops, you can pair leggings and an oversize sweater in a modern way. Try motorcycle boots or ballet flats instead.
Giambattista Valli, IMAXtree
How cozy and luscious does this look? Now here's where a pop of neon works — via a neutral-toned pairing. Too daring for the office? Try a sweater like this with a pencil skirt and boots, boyfriend jeans and Chucks, or shorts and tights...really your options are endless.
Graphic sweaters are a hot trend, so we just had to mention them. Try to go for something abstract as opposed to a picture of, say, a cougar. It'll last longer in your wardrobe and is just more chic.
Fantastic layering pieces, the open knit sweater can be worn virtually year-round and for almost every occasion. The peekaboo quality allows you to play with showing skin while not being inappropriate. And here it is again, a belted waist — adore!
Theyskins Theory, IMAXtree
Colorblocking has been around now for, oh, we've lost count. Let's say that it's been popular since some of our readers were stuck in grade school. Here it is with a ski chalet vibe at Stella McCartney. The royal blue, black and gray pairing is ideal for simple looks and cool-toned blondes, redheads and brunettes.
Stella McCartney, IMAXtree
The Long Cardi
Here's another sweater we couldn't take our eyes off of, this long "grandpa" cardigan from Stella McCartney looks so warm and can be thrown over anything from a brocade fit-and-flare dress to your basic black shift to your pajamas when you're running to the corner store to pick up O.J. and eggs.
Stella McCartney, IMAXtree
Beautiful and classic, the wrap sweater is flattering for nearly all body types as it draws the eye to the waist while providing a little waist-cinching optical trick.
Christian Dior, IMAXtree
So simple, so versatile. Crew necks might seem a bit obvious to include on our favorites list, but here's the deal: crew neck tops and sweaters are a classic, you should have at least one in your closet. The crew neck made a strong appearance on Spring 2013 runways, too, which means you'll be on point when you layer this into your look on a rainy day in April.