1. Make a “V” or a Line. Or Both.
This first style tip comes from one of my favorite stylists, Hilary Rushford. In her style class, Hilary teaches women to create either a “V” or a Line (waistline) in every outfit. If you’re able to create both, it’s a bonus! I love simple outfit tips that help me figure out how to make an outfit look more flattering or pulled together.
You can create a “V” or a Line in a few different ways. Sweaters with a v-shaped chevron stripe are great because they have a “built-in-V.” Make a “V” by wearing a long cardigan or jacket over your sweater. You may also wear a long pendant necklace or style a blanket scarf to create a “V.”
A great way to create a “Line,” a waistline, is to tuck in the front of a sweater when it’s not too bulky. I love this look. You can also create a Line in your outfit by layering a short sweater with an outfit. If you’re feeling edgy, wear a pair of high waisted jeans with a crop top sweater.
2. Keep it Simple
Choose to wear sweaters in solid colors to add a classy feeling to your outfit. Solid colored pieces tend to be the most timeless, also I’ve had some of my solid colored sweaters for over 5 years!
3. Be Comfortable and Confident
A secret to feeling confident under the bulky weight of a particular sweater is to feel comfortable in it. Choose a sweater made from a soft knit, that is a good fit, and goes with anything. Then you can feel great in it and stay cozy!
4. Buy sweaters that are easy to take care of.
As much as I love wool, it’s too itchy and too high maintenance for me to take care of on an everyday basis. I keep wool pieces to outer layers, like my long gray trench coat that makes me feel like a fabulous New Yorker.
Check the care instructions of a sweater before you buy it. If it requires dry cleaning and you don’t go to the dry cleaners frequently, you probably won’t wear that sweater very often.
Tip: As a thrifting/boutique lover, I find it helpful to buy used sweaters that are already pre-shrunk.
5. Add the finishing touch — a leather bag!
Last but definitely not least, add the cherry on top of your outfit by styling your look with a leather bag. There’s nothing better than chunky knits and leather together! The mix of soft and shapeless with sturdy and structured take your style from “meh” to “amazing!” A good leather bag always polishes your style, so go ahead and buy all the Urban Southern bags! They’re the last bags you’ll ever need to buy.