- Fit. Have you lost a few pounds over the summer? Added a couple? Whatever the case, make sure your sweaters fit the body you have now. That means no over-stretched arms (the sleeves should stop at your wrists), no sagging armholes (they should fit right up under your arm, like any other shirt would), no stretching across the chest (especially if you are well-endowed; cable knit should not zig-zag).
- Flatter. Sweaters should accentuate your body, just like any other piece of clothing. Make sure your waist is defined (either by the sweater's cut, or the addition of a belt) and that the length is flattering to your height. Unless you are extremely, Amazonian tall avoid sweaters that drop past the hips.
- Are luxurious. The best sweaters look rich - either because of their color or the gauge (thickness). They're also a fantastic backdrop for luxurious accessories. Jewel-tones, black, cream or camel colors are always appropriate, always amazing. Cashmere is ideal, but if you're on a budget buy the thinnest gauge sweater possible. Heavy cableknit looks great on boyfriends and fishermen. If you aren't one or the other, avoid it. Add a long gold pendant or a chunky beaded necklace to finish off your look.
For a little inspiration, check out a few of my faves this season:Despite the skinny model, this sweater vest does come in Bombshell sizes. Notice how the wide collar brings the eye up to her face, the belt defines her waist, and the side pockets don't add bulk or girth to the hips. Keep it unbuttoned to avoid looking, well - buttoned up. Well done, Spiegel.
Paired with a basic tee shirt and jeans (or a jean skirt) this glamourous cardigan avoids heading into frumpy territory. Instead, it's an unexpected shot of fabulous. I love how the beading tapers down the front, defining the waist.
I know, I know - you've seen this one before. I can't help myself - it's just that amazing. It comes in black and gray, too. Have you bought one yet? (And no, Michael Kors is not paying me)