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Master Spring Styling with Foolproof Sweater Layering

We’re now dealing with transitional weather, which makes it even harder to get out of bed. Tomorrow will it be sunny and sixty degrees or freezing cold with wind gusts that reach double digits. It’s anyone’s guess! The sweater-centric looks that are coming up will be unlike anything you have ever seen.

The styling tips below will help you to take these runway looks and make them part of your daily wardrobe. You can still look chic and stylish even if the weather forecast is completely out of pocket.

Style Sheers

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As we often consider sweaters to be fall and winter wardrobe essentials, they can also be worn in spring if styled as shown above with sheer separates and dresses. This layered sweater look is made more interesting by wearing your softest sweater with a skirt in lace, sequins, or tulle.

Try off-Kilter Angles

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Victoria Beckham’s look at Gucci and Victoria Beckham’s style of angular, off-kilter sweaters and cards was a great example. We don’t suggest stapling a sweater to the front zip-up jacket in order to replicate the Victoria Beckham look, but we do recommend spending some time in front the mirror trying out different ways to tuck and twist your favorite sweaters.

Summer Staples to Warm You Up

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We’re loving the layered sweaters above, which are a crossroads between transitional outfits for spring and Y2K fashion revival. Paco Rabanne’s airy floral sundresses were worn over cozy knits to achieve windchill proof springtime vibes. Anna Sui used striped sweaters as a base for cut-out maxi skirts and bohemian tank tops. You can wear your favorite summer clothing without having to shiver.

Add Sculptural Accents

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Even though the best sweaters tend to be soft, you can still create an outfit that is layered with a little bit of a harder edge. The vampy sweater outfits seen on the Isabel Marant and Hermes FW24/25 runways are a good example. Add a basque or harness to your next sweater outfit to channel your inner femme fatale.

Crop it like it’s hot

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Fashion Week is all about new silhouettes. Fendi, Issey and Issey miyake used knitwear to experiment with shapes. They sent ultra-cropped jumpers down the runway. You can recreate this look of layering sweaters by using ultra-lightweight knits such as mohair, cotton, or cashmere.

If you want to make sure your fit looks intentional, try creating contrast with the sleeve-length by pairing traditional sleeves with overlong or quarter-length ones.

Bring a Belt

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Layering sweaters is a fashion trend that we love as much as anyone else. But, because true love is always honest, we also have to admit that it can result in a bulky silhouette. This fashion dilemma can be easily solved by adding a statement belt at your natural waist.

How to Knot Your Knits

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Knit-on-knit outfits are a great way to take the preppy style of “sweater over shoulders”. Wearing different textures and weaves will create a chic contrast, as seen on the Paco Rabane runway. Do you prefer a more sleek look? Michael Kors’ monochromatic look is a great way to go.

Add Blazer Layer

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While blazers are often worn in layers, they’re usually worn on the outside. Max Mara and Emporio Armani changed the formula for their Fall/Winter 24 collections, which featured blazers or suit separates under sweaters. The result? The result? A new, casual approach to business casual.

Take a Plunge

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On the Etro runway and Chanel’s, we were smitten by models wearing plunging V-neck sweaters without base layers. Take a page from this chic fashion playbook to get more use out of bulky knits in warmer temperatures. Swap out your T-shirt or tanks for a stack necklaces.

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