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September 23, 2014

Sweaters: Tailored Work Picks to Conquer the Cooler Weather

For work, we often opt for blazers, silk blouses, and dresses. Of course, though, sweaters can be an important part of our office attire. There are many tailored options this season, from cardigans and swackets (sweater jackets) to slim layering pieces, and everything in between. Slightly oversized sweaters can also work when paired with a slim pencil skirt or pair of trousers, to keep your looking neat and professional all day long. And let’s be honest, a sweater is generally more comfortable than a non-stretchy silk blouse or wool blazer – perfect when you know you may have a long day ahead of you or a commute in the snow.
Let us know what you think in the comments below. Check back tomorrow for the best sweaters for a night out and Thursday for our casual sweater picks. Whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Belford-Cashmere-Plaid-Jacket-with-Leather-Trim-belford/prod173260274___/p.prod
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Belford-Cashmere-Plaid-Jacket-with-Leather-Trim-belford/prod173260274___/p.prod
Belford is known for their sophisticated sweaters in a relaxed fit that are beautifully luxurious. So, when we are looking for a blazer replacement, we know they will deliver. And they certainly have with this cashmere swacket (a sweater and a jacket, all in one, of course). Not only is it thick and wonderful, it’s comfortable like a sweater, while being structured like a blazer. The black and cream, with a pop of red, in a plaid pattern is so on trend – as is the leather trim detail. This piece has it all and looks amazing with a pencil skirt or trousers for work.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Belford-Double-Face-Reversible-Wool-Jacket-belford/prod173260283___/p.prod Belford - Double-Face Reversible Wool Jacket
Belford - Double-Face Reversible Wool Jacket
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Belford - Double-Face Reversible Wool Jacket
Double-Face Reversible Wool Jacket
Belford
Sold by: Neiman Marcus

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Since Belford does a jacket replacement for the office so well, we can’t help but mention one more. This solid navy wool reverses to a great stripe of purple and black (see it by clicking through the "shop it" button), so no matter which side you wear, it effortlessly ties back to a simple black shell and trousers. The open silhouette is easy and loose, perfect for a long day at the office. For a lighter weight style, this one reverses to an equally neutral heather oatmeal color.

http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/clothes-coats-blazers/4115212300073.jsp#/ Hazel - Two-Pocket Knit Blazer
Hazel - Two-Pocket Knit Blazer
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Hazel - Two-Pocket Knit Blazer
Two-Pocket Knit Blazer
Hazel
Sold by: Anthropologie

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This blazer is done in a sweater knit, but firmly constructed just like a blazer. The tuxedo styling of the longer lapel is flattering on all body types, and the more fitted styling (that comes in Petites, too) looks great over a dress or with any blouse and pants. The pop of medium chambray blue is a nice transitional color that looks great with denim, too.
https://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/sweaters/cardigans/PRDOVR~18871/18871.jsp J. Crew - Collection Cashmere Cardigan
J. Crew - Collection Cashmere Cardigan
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J. Crew - Collection Cashmere Cardigan
J. Crew’s cashmere cardigan is a classic. It is truly one of the most versatile cardigans out there. Its semi-fitted modern style is not oversized or long, making it perfect over a dress. And it’s tailored proportions are great for the office. In a large array of sizes, and too many colors too count, stock up on this one. J. Crew’s cashmere's are wonderful and hold up over the years, so you won’t be disappointed. The rounded neckline looks great with a crewneck or a collared shirt.

http://www.toryburch.com/madison-cardigan/30143142.html Tory Burch - Madison Cardigan
Tory Burch - Madison Cardigan
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Tory Burch - Madison Cardigan
Madison Cardigan
Tory Burch
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Sometimes you need a cardigan that works with a v-neck or drape neck top, and for those days, you need this modern fitting one from Tory Burch. Of course, it works with crewnecks and collars, too, but the elongated neckline lies beautifully with these kinds of tops. The merino wool is very soft and it’s a bit longer than the J. Crew sweater. This one has more of a tailored feel, which even looks great with a pair of dark jeans and flats. Both beautiful and both great staples in your wardrobe.
http://www.trinaturk.com/tyson-sweater/148006.html Trina Turk - Tyson Sweater
Trina Turk - Tyson Sweater
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Trina Turk - Tyson Sweater
Tyson Sweater
Trina Turk
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Sweaters for the office don’t have to be all about tailored pieces to be work appropriate. This Trina Turk has style and sophistication all in one. It’s a cotton blend, which is great for the office, when the temperature can be hot one minute, cold the next. The dolman sleeve tapers into a ribbed waist, and the cable stitch smartly follows suit, going from narrow at the neck to wider toward the bottom. The camel color and fitted waist detail looks absolutely stunning with a slim bottom, whether it be a pencil skirt or dark skinny jean or tailored pants. (It comes in an equally smart charcoal and ivory, too.)

http://www.clubmonaco.com/product/index.jsp?productId=34908296 Club Monaco - Mackenzie Leather Sweater
Club Monaco - Mackenzie Leather Sweater
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Club Monaco - Mackenzie Leather Sweater
Mackenzie Leather Sweater
Club Monaco
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Layering and collars are important this season, and perfect for the workplace. Club Monaco has even found a professional way to work a little leather into the look by adding this stylish leather collar to their beautiful wool sweater – it’s so nice to show a little style with something so simply conservative. Play that up by wearing it with a pencil skirt or cropped tailored trousers  and oxfords.

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/lafayette-148-new-york-houndstooth-jacquard-crop-turtleneck-sweater/3777497 Lafayette 148 New York - Houndstooth Jacquard Crop Turtleneck Sweater
Lafayette 148 New York - Houndstooth Jacquard Crop Turtleneck Sweater
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Lafayette 148 New York - Houndstooth Jacquard Crop Turtleneck Sweater
Houndstooth Jacquard Crop Turtleneck Sweater
Lafayette 148 New York
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Lafayette 148 New York is all about the powerful woman. The houndstooth design on this wide turtleneck is a great addition to your office wardrobe. It’s fit is relaxed, but not oversized so it looks great with a pair of grey trousers or skirt. If you are also looking for a solid option, with a more traditional turtleneck, they made one of those, too.
http://www.toryburch.com/giselle-sweater/30143645.html Tory Burch - Giselle Sweater
Tory Burch - Giselle Sweater
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Tory Burch - Giselle Sweater
Giselle Sweater
Tory Burch
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This cashmere and wool sweater from Tory Burch is a fresh take on a turtleneck that is just as work-ready. Wear it buttoned up, which we love, or with the first couple buttons open. Its slim, yet modern fitting, so it looks great with a blazer over it – and on its own.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Belford-Sketchy-Plaid-Cashmere-Top-belford/prod173260213___/p.prod Belford - Sketchy Plaid Cashmere Top
Belford - Sketchy Plaid Cashmere Top
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Belford - Sketchy Plaid Cashmere Top
Sketchy Plaid Cashmere Top
Belford
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Finding a good layering sweater that can also be worn on its own, is always tricky. There are just not a lot out there that are good quality and fit. Belford is known for their fine cashmere versions. The prints pop any solid suit, and look great on their own once you remove your blazer. This one is neutrally gorgeous, working with your black, grey, camel, or brown suits. If you also need a pop of color (and you should have more than one option in your closet), Belford has also done a beautiful v-neck option in bolder vine print colors. Before we move on from this topic, because it’s an important one (as far as clothing goes), Splendid has a simple solid v-neck in a beautifully luxe fabric with a touch of cashmere that works under any blazer or sweater – an ideal contemporary layer option.
http://www.cusp.com/Soft-Joie-Wren-Patterned-Knit-Sweater/prod13660011_cat2280023__/p.prod Soft Joie - Wren Patterned Knit Sweater
Soft Joie - Wren Patterned Knit Sweater
A swingy open cardigan is not always our first thought for work. But the tailored stitch pattern and deep grey color of this Joie version made us do a double take. It’s a no-brainer with slim jeans, but dresses up effortlessly with black or camel trousers, too. It looks great with menswear fabrics, too, like houndstooth or plaid. Anthropologie has a beautiful open stitch camel version that is tailored, and equally easy to wear the same way.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Magaschoni-Cashmere-Sweaterdress-with-Marled-Trim-Magaschoni/prod173010010___/p.prod Magaschoni - Cashmere Sweaterdress with Marled Trim
Magaschoni - Cashmere Sweaterdress with Marled Trim
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Magaschoni - Cashmere Sweaterdress with Marled Trim
Cashmere Sweaterdress with Marled Trim
Magaschoni
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We couldn’t possibly talk about sweaters without talking about sweater dresses. Magaschoni’s cashmere turtleneck is perfect for the office. It’s a modern fit, so it’s not very fitted – just skims the body – and it’s a very work appropriate length. The marled cuffs and collar give it just a pop of stylish interest and also separate the black from your black tights or high boots, which is a great trick to break up blacks that might not match perfectly. If you are looking for a more contemporary fit and style, Joie has an amazingly flattering turtleneck sweater dress with a dolman sleeve and fitted skirt.
http://www.zappos.com/joie-talissa Joie - Talissa Dress
Joie - Talissa Dress
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Joie - Talissa Dress
Talissa Dress
Joie
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As we just mentioned, on the contemporary side, Joie has created some beautifully flattering sweater dresses. Sweater dresses are often a straighter silhouette, but Joie has not only done this one in a fit-and-flare shape (great if you don’t want the fabric to cling around your hips), they’ve added a ribbed waist detail, which breaks up the dress and helps conceal any tummy bulge. Brilliant! The camel color is beautifully sophisticated in a soft cashmere blend and looks great with black or brown. There is also a stunning navy version.
http://www.cusp.com/525-America-Peter-Pan-Contrast-Collar-Sweaterdress-Black-Gray/prod14630003_cat2240001__/p.prod 525 America - Peter Pan Contrast-Collar Sweater Dress
525 America - Peter Pan Contrast-Collar Sweater Dress
We talked about the trend of collars as a layer under a sweater (or at least, “look” like a layer under a sweater). 525 America is all about basic knits and great staples that are well-made and even better priced. The price of this dress is amazing, but the style is what initially drew us in. The stretchy knit has a nice weight to it, and the contrast collar and sleeve is just adorable. Black tights and high boots complete the look effortlessly – and your black rimmed glasses, if you have a pair (we won’t tell, if they’re not prescription).
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306418059&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446702430 Vince - Wool & Cashmere Geometric Paneled Sweater Dress
Vince - Wool & Cashmere Geometric Paneled Sweater Dress
Vince always does some great sweater dresses for the cooler months. This wool/cashmere navy is not too fitted, with a boatneck that is very flattering. The best part is the geometric color blocking at the bottom half of the dress and sleeve, which plays with beautiful shades of tealish navy. This gorgeous twist on blue looks great with black tights and boots or booties. There is a dropped waist seam that gives the dress some shape without making it fitted.

 

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