It’s Cashmere Sweater Time! Even Floridians Are Wearing Sweaters

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Burgandy Cashmere Sweater

 

I put together this collage based around the burgundy cashmere sweater.  I chose ivory pants because there is something elegant about wearing beautifully fitted ivory pants in winter time.  Not only do they bring out the burgundy cashmere sweater, but they make the outfit pop.  I chose the Gucci multi=color oxford pump for two reasons.  First, the burgundy in the shoe matches the burgundy in the cashmere sweater and, second, the shoes are so unique that I just have to have them!  Gucci makes the best shoes – they always have!

For accessories, I picked the Ashley Pittman Link Necklace to sass up the cashmere sweater.  As beautiful as it is, even cashmere needs to be “glammed” up sometimes.  And finally for the handbag, who does it better than Balenciaga?  This particular Balenciaga handbag is a shopper bag that is medium in size, perfect for the dimensions of this outfit.

Where should one go in this outfit?  Obviously, it would make a great work outfit.  You could interview in this outfit, make a presentation or hold a meeting.  Other options could be to wear this outfit on a lunch date with a friend or meeting a client for coffee.  It is also a terrific weekend ensemble to wear to dinner with your significant other.  Regardless of your choice, the outfit is very versatile.

Although it is a simple ensemble, I think that it would look great when the thermometer drops!  All of these pieces were chosen from Neiman Marcus, but the outfit can be put together from any store.

Here is a list of the pieces from Neiman Marcus that are included in the collage.  You can purchase them at NeimanMarcus.com.

Loro Piana Cashmere Glace Chain-Knit Turtleneck Sweater: $1500.00
Donna Karan Fluid High-Waist Pant in Ivory: $995.00
Gucci Tricolor Perforated Oxford Pump: $550.00
Balenciaga Cable-Handle Flap Medium Shopper Bag, Black: $2,125.00
Ashley Pittman Light Horn Link Mara Necklace: $595.00

Monotone Gray Jacket & Skirt With a Cream Cashmere Sweater & Silver Embellishments

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Gray Jacket & Skirt
(Photo © 2015 Ian Anderson)

Some may say that monotone outfits are boring.  Obviously, they are not pulling together the right pieces to make the outfit interesting.  This gray and white outfit contains plenty of visual interest.  Of course, the primary pieces are gray: the jacket and the skirt.  However, by adding a cashmere sweater with silver embellishment near the neckline, the eye is drawn upward   Another beautifully interesting detail is the ruching on the jacket.  It begins three quarters down each side of the jacket and continues around the neck.  The ruching comes in the form of long pleats that gives the jacket plenty of character.  The outfit is finished with a wide black belt.

This is one of my favorite fall/winter outfits because it is not too heavy to wear.  I live in North Florida where it does not get too cold so wearing a lightly warm sweater and jacket is ideal.  Where would I wear this?  I would wear it to professional lunch meetings, after work drinks with colleagues, and professional or civic meetings.  The possibilities are endless as the outfit is appropriate for almost occasion.

Don’t let the monochrome scare you!  I have put enough visual interest into this outfit to break up the monotone and create an truly special outfit.  Try it for yourself!  There are so many choices that you can use to make an outfit like this work: another color or two; more embellishments; a scarf; jewelry; colored tights; and brightly colored shoes that complement the outfit.  The choices are almost endless.

Explore. Use various trends.  Try new things.  But above all, see what works for you!  You may find that you love dressing in monochrome colors and then adding and subtracting various accoutrements from the outfit.  Make it fun!  After all, fashion was meant for exploration of one’s own proclivities and penchants for style.