Why sweaters work for (almost) every occasion

What would life be like without sweaters? The most obvious answer would be “chilly,” but the role that the sweater plays in our daily lives is not limited to insulation. In fact, you could argue that without sweaters, dressing for every day occasions would be a lot more complicated.

The sweater is the very definition of something you can “pull on in a hurry.” Whether your agenda consists of a run to the grocery store or that big job interview, a closet well-stocked with sweaters will make dressing for the day that much easier. In case you need any more convincing that sweaters work for every occasion, consider the scenarios below.

Sweaters for the errand run

Maybe you’re finished with your day. Or perhaps you haven’t even started getting ready yet. Either way, you’re at home in a simple top and a pair of women’s jeans or leggings when you realize that the recipe you’re considering calls for one more egg than you have in the carton. You’ve got to run to the store, but don’t want to be slowed down by time spent getting ready.

The easiest fix is to throw on a quick sweater. An outfit as simple as leggings and a t-shirt gets a big upgrade when something as simple as a cardigan is layered over it. Alternatively, you could also slip easily into a tunic or a turtleneck. Without much effort at all, your outfit has a bit of structure–and your errand is underway.

Sweaters for the job interview

No matter how well stocked your wardrobe may be, dressing for a job interview will always be a daunting task. And it’s particularly more daunting in a world where dress codes have become looser and less defined than ever before.

In our minds, this problem has one perfect solution: the turtleneck sweater. A fitted turtleneck sweater in a finer, lighter-weight fabric such as silk or a cotton-modal blend creates a sleek, polished look, and provides structure without being explicitly formal.

It’s always better to be a little overdressed for an interview rather than walking in underdressed, so we’d recommend layering it under a blazer no matter the setting. But if you enter the office and find that every other employee is decked out in t-shirts and jeans, you can avoid looking stuffy by simply slipping out of the blazer and staying in your turtleneck.

Sweaters for the ski weekend

Ski weekends are truly where the sweater shines. For mornings and afternoons spent on fresh powder, you can keep yourself warm with a turtleneck sweater made from a performance fabric. Once the day’s skiing is done and the party congregates to the ski lodge, throw on a cashmere v-neck sweater or a cozy shawl collar cardigan and enjoy its warmth as you grip the handle of a hot chocolate mug or the end of a fondue stick.

Sweaters for the holiday party

When it comes to holiday parties–and no, we aren’t talking about the ugly sweater variety–sweaters are a given. For a preppy look, layer a silk turtleneck under a hopsack blazer with brass buttons. Or get festive by wearing a pullover, tunic or cardigan featuring a holiday-centric design.

Sweaters for the day off

Sweaters rank among the coziest of everyday garments, and cozy clothing is a natural complement to a well-earned lazy day. Few things beat the feeling of settling into a shawl collar cardigan, a chunky cable knit or even a sweater poncho and allowing the day to pass away as you huddle under a blanket and get caught up with a good book or the latest streaming sensation.

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