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What to Wear with Sweaters


While the main purpose of a sweater is to keep you cool, sweaters can also be worn to help make you look cool. There are many different styles of sweaters to choose from these days which is good news because it means that your options for what to wear with your sweaters are pretty much wide open.

What you will wear with your sweater will depend on the type of sweater that it is and what the occasion of the day calls for. Here are some different ways in which you can look good in a variety of different sweaters:

Sweater vest: A sweater vest can be a great alternative to a full and bulkier sweater. Sweater vests look especially good when worn over top of a white button down shirt and tie such as one you would wear to the office. A sweater vest can also be worn over top of a long sleeved collared shirt on the golf course to provide you with the warmth you need without hindering your play like a bulky full length sweater might do.
Cardigan sweaters: Cardigan sweaters look great with a variety of outfits. You can wear them with khaki pants and your favorite shirt or you can use them to dress up a pair of jeans and a t-shirt. The important thing to remember with cardigans is that they tend to be a bit on the formal side so when choosing your outfits to go with your cardigans, choose accordingly.
Full length sweaters: These sweaters are a great fashion piece and sort of resemble a sweater trench coat. They go great with anything that the ladies like to wear from jeans to dress pants. If the sweater is a dark color then you will want to go with a lighter colored undershirt and vice-versa. This look is tied in perfectly with a black pair of high heels. Depending on the situation you may want to have the sweater opened or closed slightly.
Multi colored sweaters: Most of the sweaters you see these days are solid colors but there are still a good deal available that have multi colors or patterns such as stripes, especially for the ladies. The perfect pairings with these types of sweaters are a white pair of pants or white colored jeans. You can choose to go with heels or pumps with this look and either will look great.
Holiday sweaters: Ok these are a bit much at times but if you get hit with the holiday bug then go for a nice holiday sweater. You can wear your holiday sweater with jeans or even a pair of khaki pants and you will look both festive and great at the same time. For the holiday look go for a pair of comfortable flats if you are a woman or a pair of cozy loafers if you are a man.

While the main function of the sweater will always be to keep you warm, sweaters will always have the ability to help you look better if you just take the time and let them.

Sweater vest

What to wear with a Sweater vest

Sweater vest

When the word “sweater vest” is spoken, a lot of people’s minds are invaded by images of a horrible knitted monstrosity handmade by Aunt Gertrude with rainbow yarn. And then, horror of horrors, your mom made you wear the grotesque thing to family gatherings. But don’t despair. If you find sweater vests reappearing in the collections of many popular designers, there’s good news ahead. Today’s sweater vest is much more sophisticated and easy to wear than some of its predecessors.

Sweater vests are a quick and inexpensive way to dress up any outfit. For guys, add a sweater vest to a fitted tee (even one with stains from those hot wings you had a while back) and you have instant class.  Throwing on a sweater vest can avoid the “dress shirt and tie” scenario and still keep one looking polished. For girls, a long, textured sweater vest can keep off the chill of early spring or autumn mornings – and delay the arrival of the bulky winter coat.

Here are some ideas to keep in mind when shopping for a stylish addition to your wardrobe.

•    Both guys and girls should choose a sweater vest style that is fitted, not loose and shapeless. The current silhouette is mostly tailored, so the sweater vest should hug your body while still allowing enough room for a t-shirt or other shirt underneath.

•    Generally, choose sweater vests that are of a solid color or a very subtle print. Anything else could conjure up images of Aunt Gertrude’s rainbow sweater vest we mentioned above, and run the risk of making you look dated. A solid color will not only look modern, it will also add more flexibility to your wardrobe because you can pair it with a wide variety of outfits. Ladies, check out this black, open-front sweater vest by Calvin Klein which can go casual or dressy, depending on where you’re headed.

•    The thickness of the sweater vest you choose should be determined by your personal preference and the overall climate of your area. A down-filled puffy vest can be a great way to stay warm when the temperatures start to fall. Try a winter white vest over a long-sleeved t-shirt and tailored jeans for a classic cold weather look. For the summer, sweater vests should be downsized to lighter fabrics such as cotton or silk.

•    Girls can pair sweater vests with everything from jeans to skirts. Go for a preppy look by wearing a crew-necked sweater vest over a crisp white shirt and plaid skirt, and top it off with some great high-heeled boots. Guys can create a dressy casual look by wearing a sweater vest over a fitted t-shirt and jeans, or go more formal by wearing it over a long-sleeved button-down shirt and slacks. The possibilities are endless!

•    Sweater vests and t-shirts are a marriage made in heaven, so have fun mixing up your wardrobe combinations. Try long-sleeved and short-sleeved tees with sweater vests of different fabrics and textures appropriate for the season.
Sweater vests are a fabulous way to add both function and style to your look. They’re also quite affordable, so have fun experimenting with them!