4 Sweater Trends It’s Time to Move On From, and What to Wear Instead

Praise be, sweater season is finally upon us! And while it doesn’t matter whether you prefer wool or cashmere or a cotton-silk blend, these are the styles you should be breaking out ASAP…and the ones you might want to say goodbye to.

20 Puffer Jackets That Are Anything but Basic

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Not Now: Cold-shoulder And Cutouts

Let’s save those peekaboo and shoulder-bearing moments for warmer months, shall we?

Now: Bow Details

Wrapped around your wrists, cascading across your torso or even in a preppy tie around your neck, bows are popping up left and right. Wear them with leather leggings to tone down the naturally girly vibe.

Get the look: Ellos ($43); LOFT ($60); Chinti and Parker ($187); Ann Taylor ($249); Co ($595)

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Not Now: Ruffles Galore

A mini frill at the cuffs or neckline is fine, but giant flounces tracing down your arms or layers and layers of fabric criss-crossing your chest are a little last year.

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Now: Balloon Sleeves

Lucky for us, these roomy sleeves are as comfy as they are trendy. Try a sweater with gathered puffed-up shoulders for a little extra fun, or keep things simple and cozy with a classic baggy arm, rolled at the cuff.

Get the look: BP. ($49); Eloquii ($70); & Other Stories ($89); Demylee x J.Crew ($138); Ganni ($450)

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Not Now: Lace-up Details

We spent much of the past two falls and winters obsessing over all the different ways to lace, tie and style this sporty style, but now that we’ve cracked the lace-up code, we’re ready to tackle a new sartorial challenge.

Now: Ballet-inspired Wraps

We’re head over pointe shoes for this dainty femme style. It doesn’t matter whether you choose a classic cropped version or a longer, looser cut, the wrap effect is wonderful for creating the illusion of a smaller waist.

Get the look: Torrid ($32); Eloquii ($60); Free People ($68); Cuyana ($180); Beklina ($190)

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Not Now: Open Back

Let’s be honest, we could never quite figure out how to wear these anyway. To show your bra or not to show your bra? We’d rather not even deal with the question.

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Now: Knit Dresses

First seen on the streets of Paris fashion week, these dresses somehow combine all the comfort of a chunky knit with the sex appeal of a body-hugging cocktail dress. Truly a sweater of all trades.

Get the look: Simply Be ($29); ASOS ($51): Caslon ($89); OneOn ($214); Lewitt ($399); Diane von Furstenberg ($498)

Abby Hepworth


Abby Hepworth is an RRCA-certified running coach who has worked in fashion for over 10 years. Want to know what shoes are in this season? She's got you. Need recommendations on...
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