Sweaters

Grab your sweater: why every season requires a smart third layer.

There’s no denying it: spring weather is no less fickle than fall. One moment, you’re taking shelter from freezing rain, and the next, you’re reaching for a T-shirt and sunglasses. You’ll need a few good sweaters to survive in-between seasons.

An open cardigan doesn’t zip or button closed. This makes it simple to take on and off, so you can quickly adjust your outfit to suit changing temperatures. If you regularly go between frosty meeting rooms and a toasty office, or live somewhere with icy mornings and pleasant afternoons, you’ll find you can’t live without one.

The right sweater also makes it easy to enjoy your summer staples before the balmy temperatures arrive. Throw a cashmere cardigan over your favorite sleeveless dress, and add thick tights if it’s brisk outside. You can also wear one with a tee or camisole underneath; put on an oversize scarf if you’re chilly and experiment with the layered look.

If you rely on a lightweight rain jacket during spring, you need something cozy underneath. A mock turtleneck and velvety chenille cardigan that reaches down to your hips traps body heat for added warmth. Pull on some thick socks and rain boots to keep your feet dry, too.

Does your workplace have a smart-casual dress code? Grab your new leggings, a cute scoop neck top and a duster-style long cardigan. Wrap it around your body and cuddle up when you’re cold – it’s almost like wearing a blanket.

For your next job interview, skip the stiff blazer (which probably doesn’t fit under your coat, anyway) and throw on a sweater. A cardigan made from Supima cotton with a button-up blouse and a pencil skirt looks pretty and professional. Complete your outfit with a pair of stud earrings and you’ll be ready to impress.

A big, bulky sweater can make you look larger than you are, but that’s no reason to avoid knitwear. A downy belted cardigan defines your waist, making you appear slender while keeping you snug. Try it with slim-cut jeans and leather ankle boots.

Fortunately, a cocoon cardigan feels as nice as it sounds. The generous lapels turn into a shawl collar and the fine-gauge knit provides a hint of texture. This one is made for quiet weekends, but it’s also suitable for client meetings when worn with a black dress and a simple necklace.

A well-made sweater is also handy for spring in a mild climate. Instead of a heavy coat, wear a laidback knit jacket with a funnel collar and pockets for warming your hands or stashing your keys; try it with jogger pants and sneakers. When you need something fancier, go for a waterfall cardigan in fleece, cotton or cashmere instead.

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