J Crew Sophie Open-Front Sweater-Blazer Two Ways

J.Crew Sophie open-front sweater-blazer

Today, I’m taking the always popular J Crew Sophie Open-Front Sweater-Blazer and styling it two ways.

Work-life will be casual for the foreseeable future. And while I am happy not to have to pour myself into a pair of pantyhose, I am getting sick and tired of leggings, sweatsuits, and pajama bottoms. 

Looking for a happy medium, I took today’s key piece and created two fresh looks ideal for the home office or anywhere you’re going these days. 

First, let’s talk about our key piece, the Sophie Open-Front Sweater-Blazer.

J Crew Sophie Open-Front Sweater-Blazer

J.Crew Sophie open-front sweater-blazer

Sweater-Blazer, $69 (Usually $148) 

This easy to wear sweater-blazer comes in nine colors including navy, featured above. Sizes run true from XXXS – 3X. I have no idea how long the sale will last so scoop one up today if you’re looking to add a few updated layers to your early spring wardrobe.

J Crew Sophie Open-Front Sweater-Blazer Two Ways

J.Crew Sophie open-front sweater-blazer

 

Sweater-Blazer

How cute are these looks? 

When I create outfit posts, I try to use pieces I know many of you already have first. To do so, I check our best-sellers list. If something the community loved previously is still available, I use it first because my goal here is to help you build your wardrobe and not always buy something new. 

All of the items I highlight I also recommend, the idea being that you can use these posts as inspiration and find a curated selection of items to purchase when necessary, saving you the time and hassle of searching on your own.

Let’s break each look down. 

Preppy Pop of Color 

J.Crew Sophie open-front sweater-blazer

 

Shirt, $22 | Jeans, $38 | Loafer, $35 | Readers, $68 

This french blue stripe button-down is available on Amazon for $22. I know they are not everyone’s favorite, but if you can wear one, gosh, it looks great here.

Pair with these straight-leg jeans from Old Navy, available in regular, petite, and tall for under $40. You can also wear dark wash jeans or swap out for a white bottom in the warmer weather. I like the contrast the lighter wash jean provides against the polish of the button down. 

Because we need a little sunshine, I went with yellow suede loafers for a pop of color. Navy and yellow is a classic, preppy combination; there is something so cheerful about it. 

Don’t love yellow? You can wear any comfortable, polished flat; a pair of Rothy’s would be fun (this leopard pair is my personal favorite), or throw on your heels and start practicing walking in them again. 😉

Finally, I added this chic pair of readers by Kate Spade since I’ve recently joined the bifocal club, although now they call them progressives. I’ve decided to ignore how old they make me feel and embrace them as a must-have accessory.

Wear to Work Joggers

J.Crew Sophie open-front sweater-blazer

 

Long Sleeve Shirt, $25 | Cargo Joggers, $25 – ON SALE | Sneakers, $90 | Earrings, $51 

This outfit is made entirely of reader favorite items that may be hanging in your closet. 

First, grab your favorite Breton top. Maybe you have the Boden option (currently sold out) or this one from J.Crew (up to size 3X). The featured top is by COS as another classic option for only $25. 

Then, I paired it with satin cargo joggers from Banana Republic (in regular and petite sizes up to an XXL). These beauties are marked down to under $25.

Doing this creates an interesting polished athleisure suit, ideal for long days in front of the computer with the occasional Zoom call. 

Next up, the most popular pair of sneakers we featured in 2020 were these sophisticated Cole Haan lace top sneakers. I adore them! The bright white is ideal for springtime outfits. 

Finally, you need some kind of earring. These small CZ stud half hoop earrings are lovely. I’m featuring them in gold, but you can pick them up in rose or sterling silver depending on your preference. 

 

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Classic Trench Coats for Spring

Over the last few weeks, many readers have requested some recommendations for classic trench coats for spring.

And if we’re talking trench coats, that means winter is almost over – hurray! So let’s dive in. 

As I was organizing this article, I realized there’s a lot to unpack.

Over the years, trench coats have been a category former clients and current readers have considered splurging on, while others have wanted something moderately priced and better quality, and then those that want something affordable yet well made.

We frequently talked about how to create a high-end style without breaking the bank. Knowing were to splurge, spend, and save is essential to creating a layered, functional, stylish wardrobe. 

In a nutshell, a splurge is a piece you wouldn’t typically purchase, with timeless, high-quality elements. Sometimes it’s a celebratory self-purchase or a gift, like a handbag, a special piece of jewelry, accessories, and in some cases an iconic piece of clothing. 

Classic Trench Coats for Spring

Classic Trench Coats for Spring

I splurged on a Burberry trench (above) almost a decade ago at a Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. At the time, the coat was about $900 and the most expensive single piece of clothing I have ever bought for myself.

At the time, I had just landed my first big client and decided to treat myself to something I always wanted for my birthday.

I’m thrilled I have it, more so now, because I love the idea of passing it down to one of my girls. (Similar current style here.)

Would I buy it today? Probably not. 

Life is much different now; my priorities have changed drastically, and so has my body after having baby number three.

Splurging on fit-based items is tricky because, as women, our bodies are shifting and changing all the time. If your body tends to stay the same over the years, and it’s in your budget. Go for it.

Today, Burberry trenches start around $1700. They are truly wonderfully crafted garments. You feel like you’re wearing something special without having to be precious with it. The downside is their sizing is incredibly limited and run small.

But if you want the same look, I found a fantastic, high-quality dupe at a much better price point.

Banana Republic Essentials Trench 

Banana Republic Essentials Trench, $229 (take an additional 40% off) 

Admittedly, it’s time for me to retire my Burberry. It’s a little snug, and starting show its age. I feel good about how long I was able to enjoy it and am happily packing it up for my girls to fight over in the future.

I’m replacing it with this Banana Republic trench I featured yesterday. 

I’m always cautious of calling something affordable because that’s relative to the individual. I say “spend” when something would be a considered purchase. 

With the current 40% off sale, this trench is under $140, and incredible value.  From the double-breasted buttons to the side pocket details and cuffs on the sleeves, it share many of the elements of the Burberry – making it a timeless, ageless piece. 

And because it’s Banana Republic, you get a broader size range, from regular XXS – XXL and petite options here

What’s even better is the functionality. This is water-resistant, so it’s functional in addition to being a fashion piece.

Under $100 

Looking for something under $100? I can’t get over this one from J.Crew Factory. It’s $85, has similar details, and comes in regular sizes from a 00 – 24 and petite 00 – 16.

Shop Classic Trench Coats for Spring

 

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How to Wear a Simple Grey Dress Two Chic Ways

We talk a lot about creating a chic and classic style affordably. No matter how large or small your budget, you need to know where to splurge, spend, and save.

The best tip I can give you is to be selective about every item you bring into your wardrobe, especially those pieces considered a bargain.

Inexpensive, sale-priced, clearance items tend to be where we let down our guard. It’s too easy to throw a $20 top or dress in our carts. But what happens when we do that repeatedly is we end up with a closet that doesn’t make any sense.

You’ve been there, I’ve been there, we’ve all been there.

That’s why it’s essential to know the style you are trying to achieve before you shop and then hold even the most affordable item to that standard.

Today’s dress, this simple Ponte shift from Old Navy, is on sale for under $30. It is the perfect example of what to look for in a “save” piece that adds tons of value to your wardrobe. 

How to Wear a Simple Grey Dress

How to wear a Gray Dress

 

Dress, $28 (Missy, Tall and Petite, up to XXL)

Ponte knit is ideal for this time of year. It’s stretchy, soft, and fits well. You can dress it up or down. It pairs with everything from tall boots (below) to sneakers and a denim jacket.

This dress works well because of its timeless cut and heather grey color. It’s also not too short, so you can take it to work, dinner, or to run errands. 

Today, I’m showing you two sophisticated looks with this inexpensive piece at the center.

How to Wear a Simple Grey Dress Two Chic Ways

How to Wear a Simple Grey Dress

Layer with Neutrals

Gray Dress with camel coat, ivory scarf, tan knee high boots, and gold hoops

Boots, $268 |  Coat, on sale $99 |  Scarf, $39 |  Earrings, $90 

To say I love this look is an understatement. My favorite way to dress is in layered neutrals. It creates such a gorgeous richness that works for any occasion. 

Here, I paired the dress with these stunning cognac boots from Banana Republic.

Then, a classic camel coat. I picked up a similar jacket last year and have got so much wear out of it. I like this one from Express; it has a flattering tie waist without looking like a bathrobe.

Finally, add an ivory scarf (under $40 at Nordstrom) and pretty pearl and gold statement hoops.

Simple, classic, timeless.

Pair with Basic Black

Gray Dress with black tights, black booties, black and gold belt, and gold earrings.

Booties, $105 |  Tights, $15 | Belt, $45 (on sale $15)|  Earrings, $7.50 

When you focus on wardrobe building, you’ll eventually get the point that you already have everything else you need to create a fresh look when you bring in one piece.

This look is an example of that. You likely already have a pair of black ankle boots. If not, these booties by Vince Camuto are on sale at DSW. Their block heel makes them incredibly comfortable. Pair them with opaque tights to give your leg a long line.

Then, I added this gorgeous belt from LOFT. Right now, it’s on sale for only $15. It’s subtle but has a designer look and feel. Wrap it around your waist to bring in some visual interest.

Finally, small door-knocker earrings mimic the belt buckle’s style, creating a cohesive, thoughtful outfit.

 


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How to Wear Black Leggings

How to wear black leggings

Today we are doing a deep dive into how to wear black leggings. I was inspired by a question posted over in our Facebook Private Group.

“Am I getting too old for the tunic over leggings looks? I’m careful to stick with darker leggings, so I don’t look like I’m wearing a tiny dress. Thoughts?” 

See the entire question and all the thoughtful responses from our community here. 

First things first, as long time readers know, I don’t believe in worrying about our age when getting dressed. There are other factors to consider that will help you look your best in any situation

Regardless of our age, there is a way to wear leggings as an outfit AND look chic, modern, and sophisticated. 

Wearing leggings is more popular than ever, and even when this whole mess is over, the athlesuire trend isn’t going anywhere. 

For today’s post I’m focusing specifically on black leggings. Since our goal here is to help you create a timeless and classic personal style, I would recommend ONLY wearing black leggings in these outfit formulas. 

How to Wear Black Leggings 

How to wear black leggings

As you can see, I avoid prints and patterns and keep to a solid color palette. If you’re trying to create a timeless, classic look, stick with sophisticated tones. You can add interest with texture, and mixing neutrals. Layer in some of your favorite accessories, like scarves and try to wear the jewelry you tend to save for special occasions in your daily looks. 

After living in leggings during all three of my pregnancies, I’m not here to recreate any of those looks, lol. That’s why it’s so important to pay attention to fit and proportions.

Avoid “babydoll” tops, or tunics that are too clingy. They tend to look sloppy and outdated. 

Black Ponte Knit Leggings 

Old Navy Black Leggings

 

Old Navy High -Waisted “Stevie” Ponte Knit Leggings, $28 

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Let’s start by talking about the kind of legging to wear. 

Aside from them being black, the style of legging you choose to wear is important and will effect the overall feel of your outfit. 

Don’t wear the leggings you wear to the gym. They are too thin and not the right kind of sporty. Instead, you want to wear something substantial.

That’s why “Ponte” knit is a great choice. Ponte is a double knit, so you get the comfort of stretch with depth and coverage. They’ll feel more like a pant.

For an affordable option, I’m a big fan of the Old Navy High-Waisted “Stevie” Ponte Knit pants currently on sale for about $20 in sizes regular, tall, and petite up to an XXL and in plus size here

These are an excellent alternative to the  Zella-Live in a legging

Alternatively, these “Ponte Legging Pants” by American Giant get rave reviews; they are more expensive, but think of them as actual pants, not leggings. 

In the outfit formulas below, I’m featuring the Old Navy bottoms. If you’re feeling edgy, you can absolutely replace these with our favorite Spanx Faux Leather Legging

Pair with: A Tunic Blouse

Black leggings with a white popover top, denim jacket, black sneakers, gold studs, and a black crossbody bag.

High-Low Popover Tunic Top, $32 + Denim Jacket, $79 +Sneakers, $95  + Crossbody, $158 + Earrings, $98 

I love featuring items I know you already own, like this high-low tunic from J.Crew Factory. It keeps showing up on our Faves Lists. It’s just a crisp and classic blouse that is ideal for pairing with leggings. 

As a layer, I used another Readers Fave, the KUT denim jacket. I’ve had mine for years and still wear it frequently. 

In this look it’s okay for the shirttail of the top to peak out under the jacket. 

If you are looking for a comfortable, stylish sneaker to wear in your everyday outfits, go with these All Birds. They are of high quality, and you won’t look like you’re wearing your gym sneakers. 

Finally, a straightforward pair of gold ball-style studs fill in your ear without being too much, and a fantastic crossbody bag from Madewell will keep you handsfree with a ton of polish. 

Related: How to Dress up Leggings for the Holidays.

Pair With: An Oversized Sweater

Black leggings with a tan turtleneck sweater, brown booties, gold hoops, and a gold ring.

Sweater, $35 + Booties, $52 + Hoops, $65 + Ring, $50 

This is the kind of look I wear working from home or hanging with my kids. It allows me to do everything I do in a day, from sit on the floor with the baby to grab dinner out with my husband.

H&M makes some of the best-oversized sweaters to pair with leggings at fabulous prices. Look for one like featured above, with a high-low hem; it is the most flattering style for a top paired with leggings. You want something to cover your bum, but often, when the hem is cut evenly across, it can cut off your proportions and make you look frumpy.

The high-low hem allows you to maintain your height while feeling comfortable with how much you expose.

I like to mix neutrals like black, beige, and dark tan. The combination is quite elegant, so I added another favorite, these Sam Edelman booties in “saddle.” Scoop these up if you are still looking for a new pair of suede booties; they are on sale for $50, marked down from $130.

Then I added some fun accessories, like a these gold-tone updated hoop earrings and a statement ring

Related: How to Wear Faux Leather Leggings 

Pair With: A Long Cardigan

black leggings with a tan cardigan, white tank, black knee-high boots, and a leopard clutch

 

Cardigan, $52 + Tank, $8 + Boots, $140 + Leopard Clutch, $275 

Finally, grab a long cardigan. I like this one from Halogen at Nordstrom. It’s affordable and not too long, so many right now will make you look like you’re wearing your bathrobe if you’re not careful. 

Layer it over a simple tank. I LOVE this $8 option from Old Navy because it has some swing to it that will mimic the cardigan’s swing. You don’t want a tank here that is skin-tight; instead, look for one cut away from the body with a little movement. 

Zhush up the look with these gorgeous suede tall boots, also by Sam Edelman. Wearing a boot with leggings is an easy way to dress it up. 

I added this Clare V. leopard clutch because I want to show you how you can use leopard print as a neutral. It’s also on my wish list, but I haven’t bought it because we have no place fun to go right now. A good dupe is this foldover clutch from Tuckernuck that is under $50

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 My 5 Best Tips for Styling Black Leggings

1. Keep your colors neutral and avoid prints and patterns.

2. Wear a “real” shoe, like a boot, sneaker, or even a pair of heels. 

3. Accessories! Incorporate some of your favorite pieces, like scarves, hoops and statement rings to add depth and interest. 

4. Don’t wear your gym leggings, instead opt for a “ponte” knit that will feel substantial, hold you in, and still allow for comfort. 

5. Pay close attention to proportions, while you will want something to cover you rear, don’t let your top consume you. Look for a top with a high-low hem to help create a long, lean line of the body. 

 


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Holidays at Home: Dresses and Jumpsuits

Holidays at Home: Dresses and Jumpsuits

One category I barely touched on this year is special occasion pieces. It’s crazy to think that we’ve gone almost 12 months without a wedding, a girls’ trip someplace fun, a Broadway show, or a fancy dinner out.

Not that I ever needed a closet full of cocktail dresses, but now, my kids ask me why I’m “dressed up” when I put on a pair of jeans.

The last time I got even close to dolled up was my 40th Birthday party last November. Just thinking about it makes me realize how much we all need a fun night out to blow off some steam.

Hopefully, that night is coming sooner rather than later.

For now, consider wearing something glam for the holidays, whether it’s Christmas cocktails with a small group or New Year’s Eve on the couch with Netflix.

Before you buy anything new, go in your closet, all the way in the back, and pull out something you saved for a special occasion. Throw that on instead of your leggings, pour yourself a glass of champagne, and toast to the fact that we survived this miserable year.

If you need some inspiration or want to pick up something new, scroll down to see some easy ideas in all sizes that will arrive just in time to celebrate.

Holidays at Home: Dresses and Jumpsuits

 

Holidays at Home: Dresses and Jumpsuits

 

Velour Dress 

H&M Black Velour Dress

Velour Dress, $25

Eat and drink all you want in this loose $25 velour dress.  Just slip it over your head for an instantly elevated look as comfortable as wearing your favorite nightgown. To make it EXTRA extra, where you best jewelry and a bold red lip. 

Long Wrap Dress

red Wrap Front Maxi Dress

Wrap Front Maxi Dress, $99 

I got really into long wrap dresses over the summer. They were a fantastic alternative shorts but felt infinitely more polished. See what you already have and consider wearing it around the house next week. Maybe add a gold flat or slipper. You’ll instantly feel the power of getting dressed and how it sets the mood for you and everyone in your home. 

This one from Nordstrom is available in red and black, and can be worn year round. 

Sweater Dress

 

Ann Taylor Black Sweater Dress

Sweater Dress, $149

You likely have at least one sweater dress in your wardrobe, and maybe it’s not getting the wear you thought it would when you bought it. Go put it on! It’s the definition of one-step dressing. If you want to get dressed this holiday season without overcomplicating things, the sweater dress is your best bet.

If you need one, I love this option from Ann Taylor, with the one-shoulder buttons. You can wear it now, at home, and then take it to the office with tights and boots. Available in sizes XXS – XXL.

Jumpsuit

 

Banana Republic Metallic Jumpsuit

Metallic Jumpsuit, $149 (ON SALE $75)

I adore this metallic jumpsuit from Banana Republic available in all sizes including petite and tall. It’s super flattering on, defining your waist and pulling the eye in with the faux wrap style top. Do me a favor and never ever wear it with the ankle boots shown above. Opt instead for a strappy heel if you need some extra height or a simple pair of flats. 

Sequin Dress

 

Express Sequin Mini Dress

Sequin Mini Dress, $54 

When I was in my early 20s, my friends and I threw a New Years Eve party (these days I’m lucky if I’m awake when the ball drops). For fun, my girlfriends and I bought ridiculous, cheap cocktail dresses. They were gaudy, but also kind of fabulous.

This season, Express is killing it with affordable holiday options that remind me of that night. Why not wear something you otherwise would never wear, like a sequin covered dress. 

But, I’m thinking this sequin sweatsuit is the PERFECT outfit to wear to kick 2020 to the curb. Gaudy, but also kind of fabulous 😉 


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Holidays at Home: Fun and Festive Pants

Holidays At Home: Fun and Festive Pants

Yesterday, we featured five chic and affordable sweaters to wear while we celebrate the holidays at home. Today, we’re talking pants, not just any old pair of pants, but fun, festive, and slightly over-the-top. 

After a year of sweatpants, leggings, and joggers, I’m ready for the opposite, like silk drawstring, velvet pull-on, and sequin-covered bottoms. 

I know many readers plan on going all-out with their looks this holiday, despite the fact (or because of the fact) that this year was the worst and our gatherings might be smaller than usual. 

I plan to do the same, but I want it to be easy. 

A great tip is to pull your family’s outfits together now, so you can avoid the last minute trip to Target for tights, shoes, etc. And don’t forget about yourself! In years past, I stopped short of my own outfit, and, of course, I ended up scrambling at the last minute. 

 

Holidays at Home: Fun and Festive Pants

Holidays At Home: Fun and Festive Pants

Prices are subject to change, so please keep that in mind, and inventory across the board is limited and selling out quickly. As always, there are plus, petite and tall sizes available in several of these options. All of the featured retailers have holiday delivery. 

Velvet Pants

Green Velvet Pants from J. Crew

Velvet, $118  (ON SALE $59) 

A pair of velvet pull-on pants may be the definition of glamorous comfort. They make pulling together a holiday look so easy, and they feel like sweatpants. Pair with a tonal sweater for an elevated monochromatic look.

Available in Regular, Petite and Tall up to a size 24, in colors dark spruce (above), navy and black. 

Satin Drawstring 

Black Satin Pants from Banana Republic

Satin, $89.50 (ON SALE $45)  

Personally, I think I am going to host Christmas Eve in these satin drawstring pants and a black sweater, then glam it up with accessories (Thursday’s post!). Like wearing pajamas but better. 

Available in XXS – XXL on sale for under $50

Plaid High Waisted Ankle Pants

Green and Blue Plaid Pants from Old Navy

Plaid, $25 

While I would NEVER wear these in public, there is something so fun about them. If you’re hosting a small gathering why not wear something way out of your comfort zone.

These plaid bottoms from Old Navy are only $25, available in all sizes including regular, petite, and tall up to a size 20

You can keep the look simple with a basic black sweater, or go all out and pick up the coordinating plaid sweater! Just ditch the ankle boots and, instead, wear a simple flat like the Birdie velvet loafers

Sequin-Covered Trousers

 

Black Sequin Pants from Express

Sequin, $54  

Express has some fun dress up pieces right now. So many I had a hard time picking just one. But these sequin covered trousers are the perfect way to send 2020 packing. They have a relaxed fit and are ankle length, so you can wear them with a flat or a heel.

I would wear these with a grey slouchy sweatshirt to balance and black heels for New Years Eve in front of the TV or, pair them with this $25 fuzzy white sweater featured in yesterday’s post. 

Available in Regular and Petite in XS – XL

Faux Leather Leggings

Faux Leather Pants from Spanx

Leather, $98 

 

Finally, these Spanx Faux Leather Leggings are a long time reader favorite. If you already have them, wear them with a basic or sequin-covered tunic, depending on your tolerance for bling. Find more styling options in our post How to Wear Faux Leather Leggings.  

Available in XS – XL here and plus size here. Buy one size up. 


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Holidays at Home: Chic and Affordable Sweaters

5 Sweaters for the Holidays

Before the world stopped in March, I spent a lot of time traveling for work. The fourth quarter was always the craziest time. I would book up my December calendar until the last minute, trying to squeeze everything I could out of the year.

I left it all on the field, always worried that I would never again get an opportunity if I said no to a job.

Of course, this year forced us all to stay home and, it confirmed what I always knew, I LOVE being home. 

I love being home with my kids. I love the chaos of family life. While this year was challenging in so many ways, I wouldn’t give up the experience for anything because it was another reminder that I started my business to be home but got away from my original intent in my attempt to be successful. 

So a quiet Christmas and New Years’ at home, with my kids and immediate family sounds like Heaven. 

I thought it would be helpful to wrap up the year with a week of posts designed to help make celebrating your holidays at home special. Starting with a round-up of cozy sweaters, all well under $50, that you can easily pick up and pair with any of your favorite bottoms.

5 Chic and Affordable Sweaters for Holidays at Home

5 Sweaters for the Holidays

You can wear these options with anything, like your favorite pair of jeans, faux leather leggings, velvet pants, or even silk pajama bottoms. I’ll have a post tomorrow rounding up some of my ideas for dressy, yet comfortable bottoms 🙂 

Under $20 Pullover 

Red Cable Stitch Sweater from Target

Cable Stitch Pullover, $17.50

If you’re pushing a cart around Target, which is pretty much the only place we’re allowed to go in PA, look for this sweater by A New Day. It comes in six colors, but the red is the real show stopper. AND it has over 70 five star reviews. Available in XS – XXL for only $17.50.

Fancy and Fuzzy

White Fuzzy Sweater from LOFT

White Fuzzy, $25 

LOFT has pretty much given clothes away this year. Marked at $79.50 this soft and fuzzy sweater is $25 right now with the code GIFTS. Available in White Whisper (above) or a Grey/Ivory combo, in XS – XXL. I would wear it just like the model with a pair of either faux leather, or coated bottoms and a fun pair of earrings.

Waffle-Knit TunicWaffle-Knit Cowl Neck sweater from Old Navy

Waffle Cowl Neck, $40

There’s no shame in spending your days off in a cozy sweater, leggings, and slippers. I pretty much live in it. If you could use a new tunic style sweater, I recommend this waffle-knit option from Old Navy. Available in regular, petite, and tall, it comes in six colors, including black. I’m featuring the mauve, which would look lovely with leggings or with grey jeans and boots.

Classic Cable-Knit 

Vince Camuto Cable Stitch Sweater in Ivory

Cable Stitch, $49

I adore cable-knit sweaters. This one, by Vince Camuto is 50% off at Nordstrom, making it just under $50. It’s perfect paired with dark jeans and boots. Give it a little half tuck to easily kick up the style factor. Available in XXS – XXL. 

Purple Perfection

H&M purple cable knit sweater

Cable Knit, $35  

H&M has been my holiday sweater go-to for years. They have everything you might need, including the perfect Christmas Sweater or something over-the-top, like this gorgeous pearl covered sweater. But I adore this purple sweater so much I had to feature it. It’s part of their sustainability collection, designed to help with their commitment to being climate neutral by 2030. Sizes go from XS – XXL and tend to run true.


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