How do I wear sweaters this season?
Wondering in Delbrook
Knits have become very trendy in the last few years. They used to be a frumpy look, but have now become modern and sleek.
The knit look is fresh and lightweight. It is shaped to allow layering that creates a longer, leaner look.
A slouchy sweater won't look frumpy over a shirt because the knit of the sweater is not heavy. A lighter-weight knit will give you curves. If you feel self-conscious about fitted knits, then choose darker colours. Black is always popular. Charcoal, navy, and brown are also some ideas for you to look into.
Another option to consider is what you wear under the sweater. Vertical stripes on your fitted shirt or a darker short-or long-sleeve T-shirt can also complement your shape.
The first thing to note when putting your knit outfit together is that the look should have an impression of luxury. That does not mean that your pieces need to be expensive. There are many stores that carry knits in a variety of price points.
Your knit pieces need to look fresh.
The vintage look includes simple, classic V-necks, cardigans and vests, all of which can be worn with professional shirts as well as funky T-shirts. Neither the fitted shirt nor the T-shirt has to be tucked in. If it hangs under the sweater it can actually help you look leaner.
Make sure that nothing goes past the hip line. Everything has to be shaped to look tailored, but not tight.
Trendy looks include cardigans that have an asymmetrical hem (that means not cut straight at the bottom). They also have a ruffle front, so that it drapes and flows as you walk. It is a very pretty cardigan look.
Cowl necks are also stylish. They are open around the neck area and look fantastic with trendy hoop earrings.
Sweaters are also available in short sleeves if you find you get too warm.
There are a variety of fabric blends, from wool to cotton. Lurex in the knits allows for some stretch, so that there is shape as well as shine in the appearance.
Textures in knits are in fashion. Roses, cables and honeycomb all look very attractive.
The sweater dress has made a comeback. Add a belt and matching boots - tall and sleek, a wedge bootie or lace-up calf boots - not shoes. Avoid flats; there must be a heel with a sweater dress to look sophisticated.
Knit shrugs are very hip with dresses.
Cable sweaters like the ones that fishermen used to wear are available now in a lighter weight. You can wear this look as a vest or a jacket. And, if you really want to jazz it up, replace the buttons to suit your personality.
The overall look for knits is nice pieces that look casual.
The knit look is one of my favourite looks because it can be dressed up or down, depending on the way you feel or where you have to go. Fashion that is flexible - can't get better than that! Adieu, Mattie
Mattie Ã la Mode is a monthly fashion advice column. Mattie is a freelance writer and fashion expert. She can be reached via email: mattiealamode@ gmail.com or visit her blog mattiealamode.com.