Dec 9, 2013

'Ugly' Sweaters

 photo Ugly-Sweaters-1_zps930282ec.png Rabbit image courtesy of artemisphoto /
{1} 3.1 PHILLIP LIM Cropped Crewneck Pullover; {2} ISABEL MARANT Noreen Chunky Knit; {3} ACNE Ruth Air Sweater; {4} VANESSA BRUNO ATHÈ Cable Knit Pullover

In LA right about now, it's a funny inner dialogue that some girls have, wondering whether it's actually cold enough to wear those sweaters and scarves that were bought in hopes of sub-65 degree weather. It's deceptively colder in the morning, and then you're the one in a puffer vest and boots sweating and fogging up your sunglasses, huffing it to class when it's warmed up 20 degrees during the day. Yes, that would be me. 

But I digress. Sweaters! Ugly sweaters. No, I don't mean those ugly holiday sweater parties that people throw. I mean over-sized or boxy, in neutral or darker shades, sometimes with a chunkier knit...and slightly ugly. Masculine. Definitely not snow-bunny territory. Did I mention my fondness for menswear-inspired clothing? I'll save that for a future post.

Remember Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's? Not the glamorous dresses she's well known and remembered for, but her more casual looks, like this boxy sweater that she paired with dark, slim-fitting pants. It's this combination of neutrals and opposing silhouettes that make this look cool and casual, yet insanely elegant.
 photo Phillip-Lim-Sweater-1_zps7ce25050.png Take this 3.1 Phillip Lim sweater {1}. Pair it with your favorite pair of slim/skinny jeans and put on a pair of camel-colored flats. RAG & BONE The Skinny Jean; JENNI KAYNE Suede d'Orsay Flats
 photo Isabel-Marant-Sweater-1_zps50691061.pngAnd for a more substantial sweater, try this Isabel Marant sweater {2}, and pair it with the same pair of dark, slightly faded (love these Rag & Bone jeans) or black leggings. Wear with an unexpectedly sexy pair of heels: SCHUTZ Irma Ankle Strap Pumps. This sweater is a chunkier knit and won't look particularly streamlined on your body. So a sleek heel will balance out the proportions of a bulkier top. Or certainly a slim knee-high boot works as well for colder days. 

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