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Sweater Weather: Hot Trends for Fall 2016
11/1/2016 4:04:09 PM

When pumpkin spice starts hitting the shelves and school busses circle the block, it’s time to consider getting those sweaters out of storage. A break in the heat means a perfect opportunity for updating cooler weather wardrobes. If last year’s sweaters are looking a little stretched and sad, here’s the hottest in cold weather wear to grace the runways for fall 2016.


Form met function on the fall 2016 runways, and autumn’s must-have piece for editors and fashion bloggers alike is a simple, cozy tan sweater. This year’s style is longer, hitting the upper thigh, which makes it a great layering piece for other looks since it can be dressed up for the office with statement jewelry or worn more casually with ankle booties on the weekend.

Long Sweaters Over Dresses

This year, menswear-inspired layers are making a sleek comeback. One of the hottest fall looks on Pinterest and Instagram is the aforementioned long tan sweater layered over a crisp, tailored white or denim shirtdress. The resultant look is perfectly polished and deceptively simple.


If you left all your turtlenecks in 2002, it might be time to consider stocking up again! Solid color turtlenecks seem to be the look of the season everywhere from Tory Burch to Alexander Wang. If you’ve got a floral slipdress you loved in the summer, throw a turtleneck underneath for an instantly updated look.


No need to wait for Christmas to pull out the wacky sweaters. Leather accents, fur, and flowers decorate fall and winter’s flashiest sweaters. Bold is beautiful right now, so don’t feel pressured to dim your fancy sweater with dressed-down bottoms. Louis Vuitton and Escada felt free to pair bright, pattered sweaters with floral print, floor length dresses.

Piercing Inspired

One of the weirdest trends for fall 2016 is "pierced sweaters.” The look is exactly what it sounds like: hoops, barbells, and studs pierced through hoodies and sweaters, normally somewhere near the shoulder. The look has a cool rocker vibe without the pain of actually getting pierced.

Trends come and go, but a well-made, comfy sweater can be an investment that keeps on giving for years to come. If you’re looking to pay a little more for high quality material, this year’s trend toward classic styles in neutral colors means there are a lot of options for buying a new favorite sweater. However, the proliferation of wilder looks and embellishments means that fast-fashion retailers, like Forever 21, should have some fun, inexpensive options for this year’s office Christmas party!

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