Brrr, It’s Cold Out There: 4 Looks to Usher In Sweater Weather

Well folks, that chilly breeze is undeniable at this point. I’m always resistant to accepting that WINTER IS COMING but the fact of the matter is, I can’t escape it. My remedy for this: a column about winter wardrobe necessities. ‘Cause the freezin’ winds will be a little easier to bear if we’re lookin’ good, right?

My resistance to the chill of winter eventually gives way to the realization that I can wear my trusty sweaters again. A long sleeved, crewneck sweater is an item that is widely available at a variety of price points, prints and textiles, thus rendering it a classic in my books. The downside is they can come across as… hella boring. But fear not! I tracked down for outfits that just might change your view of ye olde crewneck.

Wild For Overalls

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photo from Wildfang

More trend-conscious than cowboy, I love this look from Wildfang. I’d never thought to style overalls for fall, but they look stellar with rolled cuffs and lil’ booties. Just the thing for hanging out at the pumpkin patch!

All Black E’erythang

This one is an exercise is subtlety. All black doesn’t have to mean all-bland. Masculine and cool, my favourite touch are the bright red kicks!

Tapestries and Tapered Jeans

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photos from Lady Moriarty

Using a contrasting collar, a vintage ribbed pullover gets a modern update. The throw over tapestry jacket, little crew socks and a sturdy oxford make this one functional and fancy (just the way I like it).

Skirtin’ The Issue

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photo from & Other Stories

Statement necklace? Chelsea boots? Tweedy skirt? You’re ready to rock a crewneck sweater like a Mod-Girl incarnate. Things aren’t quite as groovy these days, but damn, you look good!

So here’s to the humble crewneck, reppin’ for the seemingly modest prep in all of us.

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Lydia O

Lydia Okello is a feminist, body positive, queer personal style blogger. On her website Style is Style, she showcases her panache for bright colors and power clashing. When she isn't pawing over Samantha Pleet collections on Tumblr, she's dreaming about havin' a kitten of her own one day. You can find her on Twitter, Tumblr and on her personal blog.

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  1. I’m obsessed with head to toe black, much to my mother’s annoyance. She’s always haranguing me about not wearing bright colours like I used to. What I lack in colour I make up for with different patterns and textures.

    • It’s all about the textures! I used to live in multi textured black for my smart look..but have moved to grey with maybe a splash of colour now. I love pairing a knit with a denim and a cord and maybe a flannel or a velvet. Go mono coloured fashion woop!

  2. Overalls with a jumper?? Now you’re talking! I love these posts.

    I just got this great vintage 100% lambswool jumper from Oxfam. Haven’t taken it off for two weeks solid. Co-zeeee.

    • Amazing! Good old oxfam. This gives me the green light to get out my nordic jumpers. Sadly no lambswool though.

      • Yay, get them out! This one’s from Littlewoods originally, but I do have a much bigger hand-knitted one made by an ex’s mum… it’s knitted entirely in one piece, as a tube, no seams anywhere. It’s nowhere NEAR cold enough for that one yet though…it’s for like sub-Arctic temperatures. It’s so thick I think it’s waterproof.

  3. My favourite season is wooly jumper season! I’m holding off until November official as people associate fairisle/nordic patterns with Christmas and give me grief for wearing them early. Do your knitting research folks..its not a Christmas thing! (one of my MA cohort is doing his thesis on this) I am a fan of a flannel under a wooly if it’s super cold.. like Yorkshire is Dec-March. Contrasting colours are fun. Yay jumpers!

  4. When I temporarily relocated to the desert last winter I gave my sweater collection to my BFF who then lived in Chicago. Now she’s in South Carolina with all my sweaters and I am reduced to layering to fight against the northern-European cold. Never let go of your sweaters, friends!

  5. I like that plaid AE shirt, but it’s sold out. And while that woman looks very attractive in the overalls I don’t think my build would allow me to look that good in those overalls. :-(

  6. I’ve been trying to help my gf find sweaters for a while and have been completely unsuccessful. She prefers styles from the men’s section, but is too small to fit in even their xs sizes, especially because she prefers them to be more fitted and not baggy. If anybody knows where to find nice, marginally-professional looking sweaters in men’s styles that will fit relatively small women (or just plain, non girly women’s ones) and cost less than 80 bucks that would make life so much nicer. Unfortunately none of the ones pictured here are really her style.

    • Story of my life. My favourite jumpers are all huge on me because they’re from the men’s section and a size small is still way too big. If you find a solution to this, please tell me! I got good results once from a smaller chain that seemed almost like an outlet, the brand is Holmes and Co, but the shop doesn’t seem to stock them anymore. You could try looking for those.

  7. Love that tapestry combo!

    I would wear sweaters year round if I could. Seriously. Vests too. My favorite winter item is a beautiful wool knitted sweater from Dale of Norway, which probably weighs a couple pounds and is absolutely the best way to stay warm in any weather.

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