The gray days are here! You know, that time of year when a gray sky means it’s daytime. When the air is so cold and dry, walking outside feels like a slap in the face. As temperatures drop, my sartorial choices are based solely on warmth. Any degree below 50 means I need to be the most comfortable I’ve ever been in my life. All I can think about it outsmarting the weather.
From November to March, my style can be described as hibernation dressing. I will wear anything that could have been a blanket at some point. Who wouldn’t want to be swaddled in a cashmere adult onsie? Or one of your grandma’s afghan blankets that she crocheted herself? But even though I want to feel like I’ve been in bed all day, I don’t necessarily want to look like it.
Luckily, many people seem to share these sentiments considering the oversized sweater trend never gets old, like this pic of Lenny Kravitz or Lenny Kravitz himself. Maybe at the end of the day we all want to feel like adult babies, so here are some options that go maximum on comfort but don’t skimp on style.
This beauty is handmade in Bulgaria. The asymmetry elegantly offsets the roominess of the sweater and the sleeves are to die for. The cut affords you to get creative with layering and proportions.
I want to live in this sweater/jacket/cocoon for the rest of my life. Perfect for running errands, I’m getting overwhelmed just thinking of all the things I’d accomplish in this wearable cushion.
If it looks like cotton candy, I want it in my closet. Love how this sweater is styled with a chiffon maxi skirt and lacquered pumps.
Ohh, one can dream. They’re not cheap, but Ulla Johnson makes the most glorious knits. The orange-red color reminds me of a Renaissance painting. I’d wear this to the Met Ball with a long, high-waisted skirt, and then after, I’d change into some high-waisted denim flares and go back in time to Studio 54. Yes, one can dream.
One can also purchase the more moderately priced lookalike. We’ve got the same gorgeous color with the same statement sleeves. Only difference is you can purchase all three of the colors it comes in for a third of the price of its more expensive counterpart.
This color and cut screams minimalism of the late '90s. When you mashup Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, Donna Karan, Ally McBeal, Calvin Klein, and Gwyneth Paltrow, you get this sweater.
The tassel details provide just the right amount of festivity without crossing over into Christmas sweater territory. The loose, rolled-over neckline and trending balloon sleeves make for optimal burrowing.
This cardigan is so soft and fluffy, you won’t be missing out on warmth. But it’s still lightweight enough for layering and transitioning temperatures. Pair it with some high-waisted jeans and a plain tee and sneakers for a day of errands, or layer it over a cocktail dress to add some edge to a classic ensemble.
The perfect sweater for the person who looks like animated birds help them get dressed each morning. The person who fancies an afternoon of bookstores and museums before returning to their pied à tère with a spiral staircase. The scalloped edges are so romantic in contrast with the classic shape.
A reinvention of the day-to-evening look. You can take this sweater from your bed to your job interview by throwing on some black jeans and those red pumps you keep under your desk for such occasions.
With a range of silhouettes and color combinations reminiscent of the '70s, KULE is a stripe lovers' paradise. I like to call these investment stripes, as KULE is definitely on the pricey side. But the website is definitely worth perusing, whether you're an avid collector or stripe rookie. This 100% cashmere cardigan would make Bert and Ernie proud.
Business in the cut and party in the fit, this cardigan marries comfort and party attire with its rich, navy hue and playful multi-color stripes. Pair it with some ankle-length black pants and gold heels for your office’s holiday party.
There’s something so theatrical about a billowy sleeve. The rich color and thick hoops really amp up the drama. All that’s missing is a bold lip.
Header photo, Sesame Street, PBS
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