There is just something about a winter sweater, it has character and attitude, and the ability to make or break an outfit. This season in addition to the sweater, there is the sweater dress and the knit cape, both interesting variations on the sweater, but that is a tale for another day. Today we will focus on the strongest trends in the sweater category this Fall 2020.
Back to School
It’s been a while since we actually wore a full fledged shirt under a sweater, like we did at school. Well we better get used to it as this trend has flooded the runways. I am secretly hoping that these sweaters may eventually just have detachable collars and cuffs, because to be honest shirts aren’t really the easiest thing to wear under sweaters.
The school sweater comes in two variations, firstly there is the plain v-neck sweater that has a small collar and perhaps even a bow or tie peeking out, this we call the Catholic School version. Then you have the second version, which we have coined public school, which is a more relaxed cable neck V-neck with an emblem or school motif in a contrasting color.
Bold geometric prints in primarily strong color contrasts are having a serious moment. Perhaps they are a reflection of a much-needed more positive and playful attitude to life in general not just fashion. Whatever it is, we’re just not feeling it.. The second spike in Corona virus worldwide has put quite a damper on things.
Life’s Better in Texture
What we are quite keen on however are good old-fashioned textured knits in solid colors, similar to the ones we used to wear as kids. There is a great sense of comfort in nostalgia. These knits have been featured in both sweater and sweater dress versions, and sometimes even as a knit top and skirt. One thing that is quite striking is the fact that most sweaters are matched to skirts and high boots. The trending oversized pants of the season are proving a little too overpowering for the equally strong sweaters. The exception to the rule is the Catholic school sweater, mentioned in part 1.
Bright and Bold Solids
We are loving this trend, it has just enough character without overpowering everything else. Whether you choose a turquoise, a green or a poppy red, ensure that your sweater fits well, and is relatively plain. This is where the winter color-blocking can come in beautifully. With a three way color combination represented by the sweater, pant and outer coat.
Mad for Plaid
Well it was expected really for the mad plaid trend to migrate to the sweater section. We are still trying to decipher how such a strong trend which doesn’t necessarily suit everyone, could be celebrated so universally amongst designers, with even Christian Dior hopping on the bandwagon. All we can say it, tread with caution, it will overpower your outfit and possibly even your face, so keep everything quite simple.
Yet another collegiate trend! The argyle sweater is almost a cross between the ‘mad for plaid’ and ‘school girl sweater’. The knits used for this trend tend to be smoother in texture than the plaid version, which is a good thing if you plan on layering the sweater under a coat. Often times, when designers send models down the runway, they tend to forget the reality of winter.. you need a coat, and so over-sized and overly chunky sweaters are tough to work with.
Again we see the effect of school on this trend, with a rebellious oversized sleeve, the kind that your teachers absolutely despised. There is also the poufy sleeve trend, which is more sophisticated, and generally includes a more appropriate sleeve length. These two variations have very different attitudes, the oversized sleeve perhaps working better with a sleeker bottom, leggings even and high boots. The poufy sleeve which usually comes in a waist length will look great with a midi skirt or a high-waisted baggy pant.
This is really more of a micro-trend, not seen everywhere, but enough to count as a trend. It’s also important to consider where the trend was seen, Christian Dior and Versace, which means we do need to take note. These sweaters are the kind you would get from Eastern Europe way back when.. With images of birds and fruit embroidered on in contrast colors. We are up for anything original this season!!