Unexpected Ways to Style Your Favorite Sweaters

By: Laura Lajiness

Sweaters are some of the hardest-working pieces in your cold-weather wardrobe. From chunky cable knits to supersoft crewnecks, turtlenecks, and V-necks, they’re a fall and winter staple. However, by January you may find yourself wearing the same few silhouettes on repeat, which means your go-to outfit formulas can get a little stale.

To combat sweater-weather fatigue and breathe new life into your cozy knitwear collection, look to the newest trends and surprising styling ideas to keep your looks feeling fresh.

Below, we decode sweater layering with five unique outfit ideas you probably haven’t thought of before. Each outfit is a standout, but also super easy to wear—it doesn’t get better than that, right? Bring on the chill!

Neon is a major trend this season, but because a head-to-toe look in highlighter yellow or green is tricky to pull off, aim for a pop of color instead by layering a vivid V-neck sweater over a white turtleneck. A jewel-tone coat keeps you toasty and warm but keeps the colors grounded, while jeans and white mules are perfect finishing touches.

Transitioning your summer slip dresses into cold weather is easy with the help of a chunky cable-knit sweater. But rather than wearing it underneath your dress, throw it on top, so you get the appearance of a top and skirt. A sleek leather bag, ankle boots (we love a trendy snakeskin print), and golden drop earrings make for an elegant and decidedly fall feel.

If a bright sweater is intriguing but you’re unsure of how to style it, a tonal look is the answer. Stick to a classic silhouette, and keep your outfit in the same color family (without matching the exact tones—you want to have some contrast) for a cohesive feel. For a fashion-forward finish, accent with white boots and a pendant necklace.

Although a cardi is quintessentially preppy with dresses and skirts, consider styling a button-down sweater as a top, and tucking into high-waisted jeans. We love the look styled with leopard-print boots, large gold hoops, and a classic quilted bag.

For a cozy-cool approach to sweater dressing, take part in one of the season’s biggest trends and go West. An oversized fringe cardigan layers nicely over a fitted ribbed knit while raw-hem denim and suede mules give the casual look a modern feel. The finishing touch? ‘90s-inspired shades in a neutral hue.