I come to you this Thursday with very good news in hand.
If you’re anything like me and have been longing for the day Spring weather finally arrives to bust out all of your new off-the-shoulder and more skin-exposing clothes, wait no more. There exists an off-the-shoulder style top that is perfectly appropriate for this late winter freeze.
Given the recent bitter-cold/snow situation here in Cleveland, instead of “5 Cool Ways To Wear A Black Turtleneck Sweater” this post should be titled, “I Will Be Wearing A Turtleneck Sweater Every Day Until May.”
Just keepin’ it real.
Black is my favorite color and yes, it can be pretty boring, BUT when you get creative with proportions and pairings all-black-everything will soon become your favorite winter look when you’re feeling less than inspired.
Turtleneck: JOE FRESH (currently 60% OFF, under $15 and available in all sizes!) // Jeans: 3 x 1 // Riding Boots: AQUATALIA
This is perhaps the easiest to put together look of the bunch as most women already have all of the basics required. Keep your sweater oversized if you’re going to be pairing with slim fitting skinny jeans and leg hugging boots. The monotone look works here because there are so many textures going on: cable knit, denim and glossy boots. No excuses! This outfit needs to be in your rotation.
Turtleneck: CHELSEA28 // Joggers: GAP (LOVE the heather grey + they’re under $35!) // Ankle-Wrap Sandals: STEVE MADDEN// Coat: KRISTEN BLAKE (such a classic coat for a GREAT price — hurry though, sizes are limited!) // Clutch:CLARE V.
I know some of you have been wary of the jogger style… rightfully so. It’s not the easiest look to pull off if you don’t live a really casual lifestyle or are in an office environment. That being said, trouser/jogger hybrids (like the ones above!) do exist and can be a great addition to your wardrobe. Treat them as you would a traditional dress pant. If the ankle wrap sandal is not practical for you, sub with a HIGH HEEL ANKLE BOOTIE!
This outfit is one of my favorites! Again, proportion is key. Since the miniskirt leaves the legs exposed, keep the turtleneck looser in fit for visual balance. Just add heavy tights for additional coverage and warmth– these FLEECE LINED TIGHTS are a total winter lifesaver.
Menswear is a great place to draw inspiration, especially in bold black and white. Since trousers tend to have a looser cut, try tucking in your sweater to keep your waistline defined and prevent the outfit from appearing too bulky. Oxfords are a comfortable option for day, while a pair of streamlined BLACK PUMPS can be an easy way to transition to night.
There really is nothing fresher than a crisp pair of white jeans… any time of year, really. Yes, Elin is wearing white, yes, it’s winter and yes, it’s perfectly seasonal and appropriate. The heavy knit of her black turtleneck sweater combined with her structured wool blazer give basic white jeans a new life. Try it… you’ll like LOVE it.
SHOP THE LOOK:
How will YOU be wearing your black turtleneck this season?
The kind of statement making piece that you build the rest of your outfit around? Sort of like that STATEMENT NECKLACE we spoke about, but on a different scale. Sometimes, this statement item is such a departure from your usual style that you’re actually shocked that you love it to begin with… which is exactly the case when it comes to this fringe sweater.
It’s not exactly a low key, minimalist look by any means. This is a sweater that basically announces to a room: “I’m here… B*tches.”
(Obviously, in a very nice, pleasant, non-offensive way — or not.)
When I saw this sweater make its appearance on THE OUTNET (one of my favorite online resources for unique designer pieces at a major discount!) last year, it immediately went into my shopping cart. Unfortunately, its since sold out, but you can find a very similar alternative HERE or HERE (this season’s Thakoon style).
Some styling notes for you:
The key to pulling off a large, oversized topper like this is to keep the rest of the look streamlined and minimal. Skinny jeans balance out the oversized proportions of the cardigan, while a white silk blouse keeps the look sleek. Nude pointed toe pumps elongate the silhouette completing the look!
Now, here’s a unique styling twist on the traditional blouse: try buttoning the shirt to the top (collar included) and add a short statement necklace under the collar. It changes the look of the blouse completely and gives it a fun and modern update. It’s a bit edgy and a bit ingenue all in one.
As you’re probably aware, sweaters and denim are a huge part of my wardrobe.
This season, I’m trying to mix up my cold weather uniform and get a bit more mileage out of those oversized & chunky sweaters I love so much. I’ve been playing with proportions and mixing and matching pieces in my closet to create fresh combinations and keep me from falling into an inevitable style rut later this winter.
No matter how amazing a wardrobe a woman may have, it’s a fact that by the end of the winter we hate it all and are so sick of the “same old thing.” I consider today’s styling exercise a preventative measure to keep wardrobe fatigue at bay.
Hmmm…. wardrobe fatigue… perhaps I should trademark that?!
I love the way this street style star mixed up a look we are all comfortable with to create something a bit more unique. Do you know what one thing makes this look work so well?
Just like an oversized turtleneck looks great when paired with a slim fitting denim, this sweater looks just as good matched up with a skinny midi skirt! If midi is not exactly your speed, no worries. Try a fitted denim mini instead. Oh, and as the temperatures dip, this outfit would look equally as great when worn with a thick tight.
Before we dig into this post, can I totally cheese out for a minute and say:
“All white is ALRIGHT for fall!”
Ok, glad that’s out of my system. I’m a sucker for a good pun. Lest we forget about all of our awesome fitting pairs of white denim we’ve acquired over the past few warm weather seasons, let’s reignite our passion for all white with this seasonally appropriate take on the non-traditional fall color.
Now, remember YESTERDAY’S POST about those awesome under $100 coats? Throw on any one of those neutral coats right on top and you’ve got yourself a head-turning and unexpected all white look that’s sure to be on repeat this season.
Hangers of clothes were pulled, assessed and either reorganized back into the mix or dropped into a consignment pile. The same process applied to sweaters and t-shirts. It basically looked as though a bomb went off in my closet.
I then went back in and created outfits using the remaining pieces, photographing and organizing the images into my phone and style binder for daily reference. As of now, I have enough outfits to get me through most occasions at least until January.
What I learned through this process is that 90% of my clothing is some sort of neutral color. Don’t worry, I am 100%, totally, absolutely OK with that! The other major thing I learned is that I was lacking some sweaters — specifically, sweaters that can be easily layered.
After some thought and a quick browse through PINTEREST (follow me!), I have a solution: the sleeveless sweater! I’ve recommended a few to a number of clients this season and I can now add myself to the list of women in need of this style.
I love that the sleeveless sweater can be a relatively dressed up knit when worn on it’s own with a tailored pair of slim trousers and heels OR can be dressed down with distressed denim and a pair of high-tops. Layer it over a fitted long sleeve t-shirt for another take on this look.
You know when you start layering thick knits under slim coats and you feel like there is a few pounds of fabric bunched up in your armpits and you can’t put your arms all of the way down!? Yeah… that totally drives me nuts and fortunately will never be an issue with a sleeveless sweater.
Here are some of my favorite sleeveless sweater styles that I’ve been eyeing to add to my own collection…
My Monday morning disclosure: As I am sipping my coffee, I am simultaneously kicking myself for not buying multiples of my favorite sweater. I am also kicking myself for not sharing the aforementioned favorite sweater with you months ago when it was still available for online purchase.
I am generally not one to purchase multiples of a specific item (aside from these too good to be true, MOSSIMO CREW NECK JERSEY T-SHIRTSwhich are back in stock!), but occasionally I come across a piece of clothing that is just remarkably awesome. The ICONIC WRAP LULULEMON SWEATER is one of those awesome finds. Unfortunately, it’s completely sold out in all 3 colors on the website, although you may still be able to find it in a local LULULEMON store in your area.
Rumor has it, the sweater gets brought back season-to-season in new colors. Fingers crossed!
What do I love about it?
It’s the perfect weight — not too heavy, not too thin.
It’s completely reversible — you can wear it two different ways, for two different looks.
It’s the ideal color — a dark, neutral charcoal.
It’s wash and wear — into the washing machine it goes.
I bought it on a whim last May and have been wearing it on repeat ever since. Whether to spin class on chilly mornings, on road trips to my college reunion, to a dinner out at night, etc. — this sweater has been put to work!
Rather than dwelling on what could have been, I’ve instead made an effort to find a comparable sweater match that needs to be added to my closet immediately. Yes, needs.
You might want to add one to your closet, too — just sayin’.