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There’s a nip in the air again, and that means it’s time to break out your winter clothes. Saying goodbye to warm weather can be a little bittersweet, but getting to snuggle up in your cozy sweaters takes some of the sting out of it. 

Whether you like a chunky cable knit sweater or a soft and wooly cardigan, sweaters are timeless wardrobe staples. But that doesn’t mean you can’t mix it up to blend sweaters into your modern, chic wardrobe. With the right bottoms and accessories, a sweater can take you to the office, the nightclub, or the grocery store — or all three. Let’s take a look at some contemporary sweater styling tips to keep you warm this winter.

Solid Colors Are Versatile and Lasting

It’s not that we don’t love a great patterned sweater, and there’s certainly room in every closet for a Fair Isle or argylesweater or even something a little more fun. But sweaters in solid colors are simple, classy, and easy to style. You can pair a nice solid color sweater with patterned or solid bottoms, and a wider range of accessories. 

Because they’re so versatile, solid colors can stick around in your wardrobe for longer. While some sweater patterns are classic, trendy patterns may begin to look dated after a season or two. And if you’re splurging on some designer sweaters for women to round out your capsule wardrobe, a beautiful designer piece in a flattering solid color is the way to go.

Choose Comfortable, Low-Maintenance Sweaters

You might think that the fancier your clothes, the better you’ll look, but that’s not necessarily true. A lot of fancy clothes are also kind of uncomfortable, and it’s hard to look really good when you’re uncomfortable and can’t fully relax. You’ll look your best when you’re wearing something that feels good. 

So, if you find wool itchy, avoid it, or save it for outer layers where it won’t sit next to your skin. Choose soft fibers that feel good on your skin. Prioritize good fit and choose pieces that go well with the majority of your wardrobe. Buy sweaters that are easy to take care of, so that you’ll want to wear them more often. If you buy a sweater that needs dry cleaning and you never go to the dry cleaner, you’re just wasting money.

Create a Waistline or a V-Neck

Sweaters sure are snuggly, but they can hang rather tent-like over your torso, especially if they’re big, chunky, and oversized. To counteract this effect, and add some shape to your silhouette, create either a waistline or a V-neck in every outfit.

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You can create the appearance of a waistline by doing a French tuck if your sweater isn’t too bulky to tuck into your bottoms. If it’s a thin sweater, do a full-tuck. For a sweater dress, add a belt. Combine a crop sweater with a high-waisted bottom for an edgy but bundled-up look.

Add a V to your neckline by accessorizing with a pendant on a long chain, or styling a blanket shawl so that it creates a V-shape on your bodice. You could also create the appearance of a V-neck by layering a cardigan or even a lapel jacket over your sweater. Of course, if your sweater already has a V-neck, there’s no need to worry about creating a V.

Add Some Structure to Your Ensemble

Sweaters tend to be less structured than other tops, so use the rest of your ensemble to add some structure. Wear a structured jacket over your sweater. Dress up your ensemble with a pair of heeled boots. Choose a structured leather handbag. Grab tailored slacks or a pencil skirt. A structured leather handbag can contrast nicely with the softness of a sweater.

Layer It Up

You might not think about a sweater as something that needs to be layered, but that depends entirely on your local climate, the type of sweater you’re wearing, and how you’re wearing it. You can always layer a sweater over a lighter top, wearing it tied around your waist or around your shoulders until you need it. Layer a sweater or especially a sweater vest over a long-sleeved shirt or turtleneck. Double up with a cardigan over your sweater, or throw your sweater on underneath overalls or a polished dress.

If there’s one thing to love about cold weather, it’s getting to wear sweaters every day. Sweater season is with us once more, and this time, you can switch up your style a little, too.

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