What to Wear: The 6 Secrets of Perfect Sweaters

The only thing that gets me through winter is my love of sweaters. Especially as an Angeleno, I get to layer them like crazy, and can totally get away without a coat. But not all sweaters are knitted equally! Here are six tips to ensure a super great fit! (psst, please feel free to share!).


Forget too-bulky ribbing: As much as I love unique knits most, like cable knits, are only able to stretch width-wise, not length-wise, making them bulk out.  I think you’re better off layering finer knits, but if you really want to add some chunk, then make sure you bring proportion in the picture. A bulky cable knit sweater should either be slightly oversized like the one shown left from J.Crew ($90) and worn with skinnies and skirts, or it should be slightly shrunken and worn over dresses, flared jeans, and pencil trousers. Love finding chunky knits vintage in the men’s section!

emma-roberts-express-sweaterSeek super-slimming side slits: Not only do they look modern, but they also flatter by not pulling, bunching, or bagging out at the hip/wiast/thigh — the last area we need more volume! Love this one from Express ($50), as seen on Emma Roberts,  but if you have a larger rack, opt  for this v-neck from Vince ($295). My favorite side slit of the season belongs to Nili Lotan, who has championed and mastered the look for many a season ($630).


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everlane cashmere sweaters crew neck sweater tipsCrewnecks are key: J’adore a good crew neck, but too often, I see sweaters with too-high of necks! The problem with this? It cuts off an otherwise elongating part of your body (your neck)! Don’t do that! Plus, doesn’t it feel like it’s choking you?  Also, don’t let your crew be too bulky. Opt for fine merino’s and cashmere’s. Everlane has perfected the crew in all your basic, must-have colors in 100% high-quality cashmere for $120.  Layer them over blouses, let lace camisoles poke out the bottom with your skinny slouch jeans, or pop them on with a matching colored skinny jean and add a camel boot. Chic!

Look at length: Where your sweater hits has everything to do with having a great fit! It should not hit at your widest part (On me, that’s my upper thigh, just a hair below my bum not actually my hip), but above or below it. One way to combat this if you made that mistake already? Wear your sweater over a flared or A-line skirt. Add wool-blend tights and a boot for warmth.

tess-giberson-oversized-sweaterFind a flat tummy faker: A gorgeous straight square sweater will undoubtedly fake a flat tummy. I’m not saying boxy – the line should start underneath your underarm and go straight until it hits your hip or under the tuchus. Rather than opt for a tent-like A-line, it sits straight, giving the illusion that everything under these straight lines is slim and trim (perfect to hide those inevitable holiday meal belly bumps!). I adore this Tess Giberson gorgeousness ($495), as well as this color blocked version at Club  Monaco ($229).

Bring out the bucks: You get what you pay for. I’m not saying this is true of everything in life, nor am I saying that you can’t score and shouldn’t try to find a bargain, but the nicer and more expensive my sweaters have been, the better they are at retaining their shape and relevancy in my wardrobe! So, if you can, buy great quality. It’s better to have a few really amazing sweaters than a whole bunch of short-term, fall-apart schmatas (translation: rags (Yiddish)). That said, I’ve always been disappointed by loose knits, regardless of designer and price (but if you need help on how to fix a run in your sweater, watch this).
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