Winter is slowly creeping up and that only means one thing: serious sweater season. This year has me the most excited because there are so many awesome and interesting styles to liven up your sweater wardrobe. Crazy embellishments, sheer styles, one-sleeved, graphic – you name it, it’s out there. And there’s no better way to give your winter wardrobe a boost than to invest in a funky version of your cold weather staple.
So here are 10 interesting and eye catching sweater styles to get you through the season.
Alexander Wang Semi-Sheer Herringbone Sweater, $440. This eye-catching sweater is edgy and sexy, while still feminine and chic and a great option to take you from day to night. For work, try layering over a button up shirt or a printed, colored, or neutral tee. This will add some fun peek-a-boo spots to your look and create something fresh. For night, try styling with just a bra underneath. It can be black or colored, bandeau style or something sexy – however you choose to rock it will work with this piece. You can also layer a vest or blazer over for some additional coverage.
Torn by Ronny Kobo Elsa Mirrored Tigers Sweater, $216. At first glance I wasn’t sure what the pattern was on this bold cobalt blue sweater, which intrigued me to investigate further….ultimately landing it on this list. The genius design of the two tigers doesn’t only create the graphic trend, but it also creates a contrast sleeve and that’s super hot right now. Pair this pretty sweater with anything you have in your closet because it can work with just about anything. Play with layering and try creating both feminine and edgy looks.
Michael Michael Kors Metallic-Coated Cable-Knit Sweater, $150. Metallics are always a surefire way to grab some attention, which means you won’t get missed in this Michael Michael Kors sweater. This is a great option for the holidays and will look great paired with a white bottom – whether that be a pretty skirt, eddy pants, wide-leg trousers, or jeans. Also, try pairing with black, navy, or oxblood bottoms for work and evening looks.
Zara Turtle Neck Knitted Sweater, $79.90. This isn’t necessarily anything over the top, but I chose it because the knit details are gorgeous. You’ve got a lot of contrast here and it creates a really pretty statement. This is a perfect cozy, oversized sweater to get you through the cold winter months and it’s super easy to layer over. Pair with one of your favorite basic summer maxi dresses and a belt for an awesome casual or work look, of course jeans and leggings will go perfectly, and try blending with a great statement necklace and loads of arm candy.
Tbi Lobster Intarsia Sweater, $335. Animated and graphic sweaters are everywhere this season, so why not get on this trend by rocking one with a large, bright red lobster front and center? I love this sweater because it’s graphic without being too graphic or bold, so you can get away with wearing this to work without feeling inappropriate. Great to pair with perfectly tailored trousers and pencil skirts for work, great for evening with leather pants, dressy maxis or flirty skater skirts, or wear casual with your favorite jeans.
Rebecca Taylor Fringe Mesh Pullover, $395. Talk about a statement sweater. I’m totally in love with this look and this is surely one way to get you out of any sweater rut. There’s a ton of movement and texture here and it gives you a lot of room to play with how you pair it. Try a sick pair of leather leggings or pants paired with a sleeveless coat or vest for a super rock star look. Or try pairing with some sequin pants for the holidays and you’ll be the fashion statement of any party. Or lounge around and grab lunch with the girls with some colored denim and a great pair of ankle booties.
Anthropologie Montour Sweater, $168. Anything “missing” a sleeve is always a conversation starter, making this sweater a must have on this list. A little feminine, a lot edgy, and totally unexpected this sweater is great for times you want to create some interesting pairings. Obviously you can rock this sweater as is, but why not try layering over another sweater, something with leather or sequins sleeves, or a printed shirt. And play up the jewelry here – layer on the necklaces and arm candy to really amp up this one sleeve look.
Christopher Kane Cashmere Jumper with Piping Embroidery, $2,861. Talk about a 3-D sweater experience. This spacey looking sweater is for sure bound to garner some serious fashionista attention and is a great departure from the typical shiny embellishment. What’s awesome is that this looks like pretty feather or fringe detail from afar, but it also gives off this crazy mesh netting/spider web vibe too, creating a ton of texture and movement. Pair with everything.
ASOS Oasis Sequin Animal Sleeve Sweater, $97. I mentioned earlier that creating a contrast sleeve look is certainly eye catching, and this sweater does just that. The sparkle and shine of the sleeves creates an unexpected pop of bling, bringing some extra shine to your outfit. This is a great sweater for just about any occasion and is easy to wear. Try pairing with a vest, sleeveless coat, or cape for even more contrast.
Topshop Colorblock Sweater, $72. I’m still a fan of colorblocking and this sweater definitely winterizes the trend. I love the texture of the knit design, the navy, black and cream colorblocking is super chic and it looks oh so cozy. The fit looks a little more oversized, so I would try and keep the bottoms slim and tailored. Funky leggings or jeggings would work, your favorite jeans, a sexy fitted skirt – these are all great options to pair with this fab sweater.
One great way to beat the winter blues is to liven up your sweater wardrobe and these are just a few great options that are out there. Try investing in something that you normally wouldn’t wear or a style that is completely different than any in your closet. By doing this, you’ll give yourself a break from your normal routine and rock something super fun to wear.
Emiko Vaughn is a personal stylist and wardrobe from Cleveland, OH. She currently owns and operates personal styling company Lageson & Vaughn with her business partner, Kirsten Lageson.