As soon as the air turns a little crisp and the days of hot steamy of summer have passed, our thoughts turn to the coziness of knit sweaters. They are a wardrobe essential and can transform an ordinary outfit, into something more interesting. Every season, there are some new sweater looks, but there are also some classic ones that never go out of style.
One popular knit this year that has almost a vintage appeal is the intarsia alpine design like in this black and white cashmere cardigan with black rib trim, bold buttons, and red accents. The pattern gives his blue jeans and white t-shirt new life and the cashmere yarn is luxury at its best. Instead of an outfit that you may not notice at all, this cardigan sweater makes it an eye-catching look.
A sweater look that is new for 2015 is a European style jacquard men’s sweater. This particular one has an asymmetrical design within the blue long-sleeve sweater that is knit right into it, which not only provides some interest, but also adds an intrinsic texture. It can be a sweater that is dressed up more than more casual ones.
One of my favorite sweaters for 2015 is by Ralph Lauren. It is a chunky cable knit men’s sweater that has tons of texture with all of the twists and turns of the cables, as well as an almost military-looking style with the double breasted front, chubby brown leather buttons, and just the perfect olive color for Fall dressing. It is definitely has a classic appeal.
Last, but not least, a great alternative to an athletic jacket is this knit version in a heathered grey yarn with embroidery and patchwork accents, striped trim, and a hidden zippered placket. It is a preppy, casual look that will be in style for years to come.
Do you have a guy on your holiday list that loves to accessorize? Then, here are a few ideas that may help you cross them off your list and “wow” them in the process. For starters, just about every man has a few pieces of jewelry. They may have a dress watch and one for casual wear, perhaps a pair of cuff links or two, maybe a necklace or tie clip, or a few rings. Even some of the younger men may have a collection of earrings, if they happen to have a piercing or two.
Some of these accessories may be on the expensive side or of sentimental value, so it is important to take care to store the pieces properly. One classy idea is a box designed specifically for storing men’s jewelry from www.silverofwestport.com; the container comes a deep, rich wood base, felted divided compartments of various sizes for housing all his accessories, and even watch pillows to keep his time pieces clean and protected. This particular one will run you about $130, but will last for years to come.
Is there a man on your gift list that is a lover of luxury mens gloves? Then, you may want to check out this pair of men’s black cashmere and leather gloves by Lanvin of Paris. They combine two of the most sought after luxury fabrics in their design with the supple leather palms and softness of the cashmere glove top and thumb. A selection of Lanvin accessories can be found at Nordstroms. This gift would definitely require professional cleaning, as opposed to something that you can take care of at home and be a little more expensive than the average pair of gloves.
Lastly, there is one accessory that not only serves the purpose of keeping time, but also is an integral part of completing your look: the watch. Even though it may not be an everyday accessory for all men, there is always a time when a watch is the perfect mens accessory to an outfit. For example, this Men’s Black Leather Strap Analogue Watch by Fossil combines gold and silver tone metals in the face and watch bezel, along with the black leather strap to make the perfect gift choice if you are not sure if they prefer white metals or more golden hues.
If you’re now eating for two, you should dress for two as well. Don’t embarrass your future son or daughter just because it’s getting cold. With so many cute sweater dresses on the market, you have no excuse not to be cozy and stylish.
A scoop neck fitted sweater dress is the perfect piece to add to your wardrobe. It’s simple and effortless; just throw it on and head out the door. We love the olive green Long Sleeve Maternity Sweater Dress available at A Pea in the Pod.
Furthermore, make it a mixed and playful ensemble with a pair of shoes from Ash Footwear, something like these plantine ankle boots!
A soft luxurious cashmere dress feels great when the weather takes a turn for the worst. Mallory Cashmere Maternity Sweater Dress by Maternal America is a great option for meeting some friends for lunch or a day running errands. Featuring a flared skirt and long sleeves, this dress is great for all pregnant ladies, no matter your body type.
Loft’s Maternity Pearlized Collar Sleeveless Sweater Dress may not be the warmest option but it’s a great knit for any occasion. Make it warmer by adding a great structured jacket and some super soft tights.
Now that my last runway article highlighted some of the unique and obscure designer looks, it is only fair that I also discuss the tamer, more wearable looks for Fall 2013. One of the items that is trending big this year in men’s fashion is the “overcoat”. Created from such luxurious fabrics as Merino Wool and Cashmere, overcoats can be a fashionably versatile piece to add to your Fall/Winter wardrobe. Given these choices of fabric, expect upcoming coats to be quite expensive – using a basic bank account, which typically doesn’t include an overdraft option, isn’t the best way to go.
When the weather starts turning cooler, it’s time to break out the sweaters. For your wardrobe, sweaters are versatile as layering pieces or to stand alone. At Macy’s they have a great selection of different sweaters that include: turtlenecks, full and half zip, cable, argyle, vintage, cashmere, ribbed, cardigan, slim-fitting, and chunky knit styles. For around $29.99 to $329.99, the choices are endless.
As the Summer starts to fade, the clothing colors become richer and the fabrics become a little weightier. In the magazines and on the street, you begin to see more of the greys, chocolate browns, navy blues, and deep burgundy hues in suits, sports jackets, trousers, and shirts. One way to keep your darker colored clothing from becoming drab, is to dress them up with interesting ties for Fall 2012. All across the Web are huge selections of designer ties in many different fabrics, patterns, and colors.