Cozy Chic

Sweater Swagger


Welcome fall, and welcome sweater weather. It's time to pull on the cozy knits and enjoy comfort dressing at its best. Get ready to spend a lazy day at home in front of the fire or party with the club crowd in these favorite fashion classics. And remember sweaters can bring out the best in all of us no matter what shape or size we are. Here are a few of the best buys for fall:

The colorblocked sweater-
Another one of the season's trends, colorblocking takes off in knitwear this fall in a mix of abstract geometric prints and bold stripes. This is definitely a statement-making sweater that you can wear out on the town. Instead of denim, pair this knockout knit with leather leggings.

The cropped sweater-
While many of us like the longer tunic-length sweaters (more cover-up insurance, right?), shorter, cropped sweaters are showing up to give us girls even more choices. These shapely sweaters are divine in fuzzy knits like mohair and set the style scene for a little retro influence, 1950s style. They're also great to dress up trousers or skirts to wear to work.

The turtleneck sweater-
Another retro favorite, the turtleneck is always a sign that fall has arrived. A giant cowl neck gives it even more oomph! It's great on its own or layered under coats and jackets. Let's face it; turtlenecks just have that je ne sais quoi that our dear style icon Audrey Hepburn always had.

The cardigan sweater-
No longer just part of a "twin" set, the cardigan this fall goes to longer lengths to stand out in the classics crowd. It can easily take the place of a jacket to wear to work layered over T-shirts and tanks. This is also a great way to experiment with adding color to your wardrobe.

The sweater coat-
Yes, there are times when you need to dress for a snowstorm, but often, especially in the early days of fall, a knit coat is just the ticket and a stylish alternative to a heavy-duty parka. The sweater coats this year are sophisticated in dark marled grays and heathers or playful in marbleized black and white prints.

The knit poncho-
This swingy style never seems to go out of style, and for many women, it's a great way to give their wardrobe some flair without having to worry about knits that cling and clang. Find one of these breezy sweater styles, and you'll find yourself tossing it over everything.

The sweater dress-
What could be easier? The comfort of a knit combined with the one-stop ease of an A-line dress. Try this combo in a bold color this fall and top off with an even bolder scarf double wrapped around your neck. Tres chic (and cozy!).

Sharon Mosley is a former fashion editor of the Arkansas Gazette in Little Rock and executive director of the Fashion Editors and Reporters Association. Photography: Sweater featured from Lands' End (

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