"Fashion Advice on How to Buy & Wear Sweaters"
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Womens sweaters are perfect for layering your clothes - adding texture and interest to your outfit. And sometimes, they're just the icing on the cake for that cozy punch on a chilly Fall day :-)
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On this page you'll find shopping strategies on how to get the most out of your sweater closet and how to style your sweaters.
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So before shopping for new sweaters - let's go review the guidelines to selecting your best sweater styles:
What Womens Sweaters to Invest In?
"Timeless" as in styles that you can wear season after season and that build the backbone of your closet.
I mean, what are you going to wear underneath your coat in the freezing cold weather? A blouse..? Yeah, layered with a cardigan!
Need to tone down a trendy dress? Throw on a pullover!
You get me point :-)
How to Build a Solid Sweater Closet
Simply put, you'll get the most out of your buck with versatile womens sweaters that can be easily transformed into different outfit combinations just by switching the belts, scarves, bags and jewelry!
Examples of versatile colors are: neutral, solid-colored black, greys, dark navy blue, dark brown and cream/white. These will blend in perfectly with
all of your outfits. Click here to learn more about neutrals
Fashion vests are not a must - but if you live in all-year cold and chilly climate, then I recommend sprucing up your closet with layering by adding one or two :-)
Express Your Personal Style
Again, make sure that you have a solid amount of basic sweater styles before building on your collection with the latest trends.
For example, if you have a Bohemian Clothing Style, buy ethnic print cardigans. If you're eccentric opt for bold colors, or if you're classy get a couple of shawl and belted cardigans!
Try various prints and details, necklines, lengths, fabrics and textures.
You can never go wrong with classic Fall/Winter colors such as purple, blue, green and mustard yellow. And also fiery red for those last minute Christmas parties or when you just
want to feel extra confident and spiffed up.
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Best Sweater Styles for Your Body ShapeYou should get a clear image of what body shape you have. It helps you decide what type of womens sweaters complement your silhouette as well as what styles conceal your figure flaws and accentuate your best assets. Think balanced hourglass shape.
Horizontal Body ShapeHere are my suggestions on what sweater styles complement your body shape:
Your focus is to show off your well-defined waist. Boxy sweaters tend tops tend to make you look square and wide.
Your best sweater styles:
Learn more on how to dress your Hourglass body shape
Your goal is to draw the eye away from your wide hips by adding interest and creating curves on top.
Your best sweater styles:
Learn more on how to dress your Pear body shape
Your goal is to soften and draw attention away from your wide shoulder line - sand make it look narrower.
Your best sweaters feature:
Learn more on how to dress your Inverted Triangle body shape
Your goal is to slim down your mid-section and draw the eye upwards.
Your best sweaters:
Learn more on how to dress your Apple body shape
Your focus is to break up your silhouette to create curves from waist and waist down.
Your best sweater styles feature:
Learn more on how to dress your Rectangle body shape
Vertical Body ShapeThis is the proportion of the bottom half of your body compared to your top half.
Long legs are appreciated because they make you taller than you are.
However if you're not happy about your short waist, here are some top styles recommendations and styling tips to help elongate it:
Learn more on how to style your short waist
A long waist looks very elegant but your short legs might draw the attention.
If you're self-conscious about your long waist or short legs, here are my sweater styles and styling recommendations that will help shorten your waist and make your legs longer:
Learn more on how to style your long waist
Long sweaters visually shorten your lower body and can make you look stumpy. So if you are curvy (Pear or Hourglass) or short, or carry most of the weight around your hips and thighs, then I suggest working on elongating your legs because this can make you look taller and trimmer.
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But a pair of heels will always fix this problem! :-)
Choose a Flattering Neckline
The most universally flattering neckline is the
V-neck because it slims and balances out your shape, and it "opens" up your face.
But it can be adjusted with a not so low V-neckline.
Your Best Necklines
Your best necklines depends on how your upper body (bust and up) is in proportion with your lower half (hips and down). Usually, narrow and slim chest need rounded and bust enhancing necklines. Wider and fuller chests benefit from slim and vertically shaped necklines.
The straighter and rounder the neckline is, the more volume it gives.
To be honest, this kind of neckline looks better on a body figure with long and lean limbs, small chest along with a slim neck shape.
If you have to widen your chest then I would rather go for a boatneck because of its elegant drape and it shows more of your neck and shoulder. Looks so much chic'er.
Crewnecks are practical when worn underneath a sweater for layering and for staying warm in the cold - or just don't care about the stumpy effect it gives - but other than that.. No.
Buying High Quality Womens SweatersIf you want your sweaters to last then it doesn't hurt to put more money on the quality of the fabric.
You don't have to buy all of your fashion sweaters in cashmere and other fancy fabrics - just make sure that the basic turtleneck, v-neck and simple cardigan sweater is of high quality because they are the ones you'll be wearing daily in during Fall/Winter and hopefully, next season as well.
In addition, silk, nylon and other fibers are often blended with wool and cotton to give sweaters softness and a bit of elasticity, which is a must if you appreciate comfort. Each of these fibers will affect how you care for the sweater, so pay attention to the care instructions.
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Cashmere is available in a wide array of price points, qualities and styles. The weight of the garment is often described in two groups of "plys":
Price range: $50 and up depending on brand.
Note: If you want to save money buy cashmere/wool blend sweaters. They hold up well and remain soft than pure cashmere. 20% cashmere blend adds a soft and luxurious feel to the wool which is less itchy.
Wool is divided into different groups/types:
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However Merino is thinner and won't give you the same warmth as lambswool. Lambswool tend to be slightly itchy though. It's up to your personal preferences.
Price range: Below $100 depending on brand.
Note: Wool is soft and comfortable. It works as an excellent insulator, which is perfect to wear on cold winter days. However the majority of wools and wool blends need to be dry cleaned or hand washed to stay at their tip-top shape. Make sure to follow the washing label.
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The majority of sweaters are machine or hand washable, which is a an appealing feature if you live a hectic (or lazy!) lifestyle.
Cotton sweaters are soft and comfortable, but they won't keep you as warm as a wool sweater. So they are nice to wear when it's slightly chilly. However you can layer them with tees and scarves to keep yourself warm.
Price range: Under $75
Note: Cotton/synthetic fabric usually gets washed in machine, however, you need to be extra careful (read the care label ) when it comes to cotton mixed with cashmere or wool.