Knits are basics in the cold season
Knits are great to add color to our wardrobe. They are also comfortable and most of them do not require ironing. When wearing knits think beyond chunky heavy sweaters and jackets. Season-less, light knits are great investments and layering pieces. Layering is a great trend this fall. Actually, I think layering is timeless and always chic and stylish. Thin jersey allows for great cuts and tailoring. Thus, there are lots of options for ageless style in knits. There are no reasons for wearing baggy and chunky knits when temperatures drop into the single or negative digits.
Pro advice for buying knits: For ageless style invest in classic pieces in the highest quality you can afford.
Knits that work for midlife women
Here is list of knits and styling options of what works and what doesn’t according to my experience as well as some posh, chic inspirations how to style knits over 40. Get inspired.
Samantha Brown jersey wrap dress with a delicate print c/o HSN, accessorized with wood watch c/o Jord, worn with own Dr. Scholl wedges, Jones New York cardigan, and Kate Moss for Longchamp satchel
eShakti fit-and-flare color blocked cotton jersey dress with Anne Klein pumps and brooch (all own)
GNW cashmere V-neck sweater with Burberry skirt and opera length pearl necklace, H-bracelet (all own)
Moda International long silk cashmere cardigan worn over Ruby Belle plaid sheath dress with GNW tights, statement leopard pendant necklace, and Peter Kaiser block heel pumps (all own)
Anne Klein cable knit turtleneck sweater with Newsport News leather pants, pearls, Kieselstein Cord belt, H-buckle, Hermes collier de chien bangle, and Apostrophe pumps (all own)Eddie Bauer Fair Isle sweater with Sienna Studio leather pencil skirt, Kieselstein Cord belt and buckle, GNW tights, and Vince Camuto boots (all own)
- Knit skirt with cardigan as an unmatched suit
- Silk or cashmere sweater with and evening dress
- A cardigan instead of a blazer
- Cardigan over a shift or sheath dress
- Jersey layering top or cashmere/silk sweater under a sheath or jumper
- Tailored wool or cashmere sweater knit coats or jackets
- Cotton jersey tailored dresses
- Turtleneck Fair Isle sweater in natural colors with a pencil skirt, wool pants (for work in winter) or dark jeans on the weekend
- Fishermen cable-knit sweater with pencil skirt or wool pants (for work in winter) with jeans (for weekend)
What doesn’t work
- Tight and super mini knit dresses (sausage alert) with over-the-knee boots (too young)
- Baggy knit dresses – frumpy
- Shapeless knit skirt plus baggy knit sweater/jacket combinations –
- 50s’ cropped cardigans with beading along the neck and at the end of the sleeves – old-fashioned
- Fair Isle vests – past your prime. You don’t want to re-live the 70s.
- Holiday sweaters. There is a reason they are called ugly holiday sweater, right?
- Crochet bikinis
- Woodstock-type crochet coats, jackets, vests or sweaters. It looks like you want to re-live your youth again. We are happy with who we are!
- Knit ponchos
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Do you like wearing knits? What’s your favorite, sweater, cardigans, or dresses? Where do you wear them? How do you wear your knits? Have you already stocked up on knits for the cold season? Do you prefer knit tops or dresses? Let me know, I am curious. Send me an email.
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