As the weather cools down and we prepare to cozy up for the months ahead, there’s nothing quite like the perfect knit sweater to keep you protected from the elements. As every stepmom knows, the fast-paced lifestyle of a busy stepmother requires cozy, practical attire that can get you through the day. Whether you are struggling to get the kids into their jackets in the morning or rushing to meetings, knitwear is key for the weeks ahead. But with various textures like cable knits, popcorn knits and even lace knits, there are endless opportunities to style everyone’s favourite wintertime essential- the cozy sweater. Before you order a new wardrobe of luxurious cashmere or warm wools, try taking our styling suggestions into account.
This season, the marshmallow-esque, Michelin Man look is out, and sleek and chic are officially in when it comes to layering up for the winter season. That means that sweaters have evolved from large, fuzzy monstrosities, and blossomed into surprisingly romantic, feminine wardrobe pieces. For Fall/Winter 2018, try embracing the romance in the air with a bejewelled collar, metallic embellishment or even sequins for the more daring fashionista stepmom with a jam-packed social calendar.
If glitz and glamour isn't quite your style, think colour blocking or soft pastel hues such as candy pink, lavender or Tiffany blue. While there used to be a time when these dainty hues were reserved for the springtime months, the refreshing shades of a spring awakening are now officially cool for the season of snow and slush. Try offsetting the delicate colour palette of your knitwear with skinny, dark trousers, a pair of velvet ankle booties and a strong statement necklace.
THE SWEATER DRESS
As the temperature drops, you can also add an extra layer to your crewneck or V-neck sweater in the form of a linen or chambray button-down blouse worn underneath. Of course, knitwear isn't just limited to sweaters. We simply cannot forget the ubiquitous sweater dress, which made a major return to the autumn runways this season and is sure to become a crowd pleaser that can easily bring rushed stepmoms from the wee hours of the morning to evening events. Sweater dresses for the season range from flared frocks with A-line skirts and nipped-in waists, to ribbed tunics which you can accessorize however you please. If you do prefer sweater dresses with a more traditional, chunky feel, think comfy cowl necklines, looser hemlines and heavy, textured knits. Meanwhile, bell sleeves, V-necklines and defined silhouettes help to keep the trend sophisticated yet wearable, for occasions which are slightly more dressy.
Along with sweaters and warm frocks that promise to keep us shielded from the brisk temperatures outdoors, knit accessories are also making a bold appearance. Try accenting your look of the day with a knitted cable knit beanie topped off with a faux fur or fur pom-pom. If you prefer classic elegance, you can always pair a little black dress with a cashmere scarf, to inject knitwear into your cold-weather style without looking over-the-top or bulky. The trick with knit accessories is to think subtlety and contrasting textures, as wearing head-to-toe knitwear will be an overwhelming statement and one which will only succeed in making you look heavy. Pair your knit hat, scarf or gloves with sleek satins, jacquards, velvets and denim for a mix and match of textures which truly capture the season.