October 14, 2011

cozy up to sweaters

i know {sweaters} aren't the most fashion-forward pieces in the world, but every fall i look forward to cozying up with supersoft, slightly-oversize knits; they make winter seem bearable! my usual stops for perfect knits include j.crew and h&m, but this season, i'm hitting up madewell's online shop.  
per usual, j.crew's younger sister has turned out some amazing fall pieces {see above and below}, and their feature on styling sweaters in particular is too dreamy to ignore. i especially love how they paired this aqua crewneck with velvet shorts, a silky button-up, ribbed knee socks and spotted pony boots -- that's FIVE incredible textures!  in fact, i think the texture is what i love most about sweaters.  you can give your own favorite sweater some added edge by mixing it with different textures  like bright cords, a flippy lace skirt, a silk scarf or patent loafers. it's those clever combinations that create stylish-yet-effortless outfits, and isn't that what we're all after? in fact, i wrote an article about mixing textures over at college magazine where you can find even more tips and tricks for nailing this luxe look.


{both photos via madewell}

II emily

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