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September 24, 2014

Sweaters: Cardigans to Dresses, Evenings Out in Style

Sweaters can be the Jekyll & Hyde of after 5 clothing. On the one hand, an easy sweater for a cozy night with friends and family can be the perfect choice. On the other hand, if you’re going out for the evening to a nicer dinner or for cocktails, a sweater dress can be just what you need to convey casual elegance. And there are some dressier sweaters that are perfect for evening – using pretty fabrics like metallic or lace – that are feminine, and not heavy. Because let’s face it, a heavy sweater for a night out can be tricky. Sometimes the restaurant or bar can be hot. And to get there, depending on where you live, that temperature change from subway or El to the street can be miserable! This season there are many beautiful, even sexy, sweater options to accommodate all your needs – you’ll look, and feel, great out on the town.
Let us know what you think in the comments below. Check back tomorrow for some amazing casual sweaters. Whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered.
http://www.shopbop.com/silk-back-sweater-dress-vince/vp/v=1/1575248432.htm
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Vince - Sweater Dress
Sweater Dress
Vince
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Vince comes through, as they always do for casual and luxurious staples, with this sweater dress…that has a stylish twist. Click through the “shop it” button to see the slinky fabric back that cleverly replaces the sweater material and dresses up this piece. It makes a pretty sweater dress a stylish option for a nicer dinner or birthday party. On a practical level, it also keeps this soft wool dress from being too warm. As with most Vince pieces, this is an easy fit, so if you are between sizes, size down. It is also longer on most of us than this picture depicts (she’s 5’10” in an XS). We love the shiraz deep burgundy color, which looks great with black boots and tight (just like the black version). The ¾ sleeve is the perfect length to add a chunky cuff bracelet.
http://www.us.allsaints.com/women/dresses/allsaints-drina-dress/?colour=33&category=22 All Saints - Drina Sweater Dress
All Saints - Drina Sweater Dress
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All Saints - Drina Sweater Dress
Drina Sweater Dress
All Saints
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AllSaints has taken something that could be tricky and turned it into something simply fabulous. They’ve added this drapey panel to a simple (not too fitted) sweater dress silhouette that lets you play with versatility and flatter your body. Wear it open for a simple look that shows off the clean look of the dress. Or, use the subtle zipper features to zip the draped fabric up to the shoulder or by the waist. It’s brilliant, and so easy to do! No confusing buttons or fasteners. The perfect trick to cover a little belly bulge from a yummy meal – and a great way to make the same dress look like 3 different ones. You can dress it up with tights and heels, but it looks equally great with flat boots.
http://www.shopbop.com/cashmere-ruched-long-sleeve-dress/vp/v=1/1502122789.htm? Enza Costa - Ruched Long Sleeve Dress
Enza Costa - Ruched Long Sleeve Dress
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Enza Costa - Ruched Long Sleeve Dress
Ruched Long Sleeve Dress
Enza Costa
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Enza Costa makes beautiful contemporary knits that always have a touch of sophistication and a bit of sexiness. And they know how to flatter a woman’s figure with simple ruching tricks. This dress looks great on so many body types – the side ruching along the hem slims and conceals any lumps, and starts low enough that even a larger chest does not interfere with the lines of the pleats. It has an edgy finish of the sleeve with an elongated ribbed cuff and thumbhole – so casually cool. (You can just scrunch the sleeve a little at your wrist if you don’t want to use the thumbhole though – it’s nice to have options). Dress this up with a sexy pair of simple black pumps or keep it casual with a pair of boots. Sizes are going fast. If they don't have your size, try this knee length version.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/diane-von-furstenberg-long-sleeve-sweater/3773554 Diane von Furstenberg - Long Sleeve Sweater
Diane von Furstenberg - Long Sleeve Sweater
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Diane von Furstenberg - Long Sleeve Sweater
Long Sleeve Sweater
Diane von Furstenberg
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We love a little shine for a night out, but we are not always fans of too much shine, if you know what we mean. That’s why we love this modern fitting DVF sweater. The knit fabric automatically tones down that “trying too hard” feel, and the black base of the sweater allows the gold thread to create a muted, almost antiqued look to the metallic finish. We are pretty obsessed with this one. Wear it with skinny dark jeans for an easy date night look. Or go with the amazing coordinating knit skirt - stretchy, easy, and completely alluring - to create the look of a dress that rev's this up for a cocktail or holiday party.

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/diane-von-furstenberg-long-sleeve-cardigan/3796070 Diane von Furstenberg - Long Sleeve Cardigan
Diane von Furstenberg - Long Sleeve Cardigan
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Diane von Furstenberg - Long Sleeve Cardigan
Long Sleeve Cardigan
Diane von Furstenberg
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On the more delicate side of things, DVF also offers us this lady-like lace inset cardigan. The picture shows the model with nothing underneath, so you can see the lace is sheer. The sweater is somewhat cropped and slimmer (but still a modern fit that DVF is known for), which makes it ideal over a dress. It dresses up a simple sheath effortlessly so we like to even add this to our work dress if we are heading out to a function straight from the office. It also looks beautiful worn open, with a simple silk cami and your favorite pants or jeans. We love the simple allure of the black, but it does come in navy, too.

http://www.shopbop.com/wicker-boatneck-sweater-ami-dans/vp/v=1/1590820770.htm? Ami Dans La Rue - Wicker Boat Neck Sweater
Ami Dans La Rue - Wicker Boat Neck Sweater
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Ami Dans La Rue - Wicker Boat Neck Sweater
Wicker Boat Neck Sweater
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Sometimes a night out is a casual affair. And for that, an open stitch sweater is an ideal option in the cooler months – you get the look and feel of a cozy sweater, with just a little ventilation if the restaurant is warmer. Ami Dans La Rue makes beautifully updated knits in lovely fabrics like this one, with a brushed finish. The fit is contemporary, but not too fitted. Its perfect with an ivory, nude, or even black cami underneath and any bottom you choose – a pencil or midi skirt, coated skinny jeans or even a girlfriend/boyfriend style. Really, we’ve tried ‘em all and they all look great.

http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Belford-Jacquard-Sweater-with-Leather-Cuffs-belford/prod172130548___/p.prod Belford - Jacquard Sweater with Leather Cuffs
Belford - Jacquard Sweater with Leather Cuffs
As we’ve mentioned this week, Belford does relaxed fitting knits like no other. And we love how they’ve given a little edge to this one with leather cuffs – perfect for any night out. Pair this cool sweater with a pair of coated jeans and you are ready for some fun.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Eileen-Fisher-V-Neck-Boyfriend-Cardigan-Sweaters/prod173810006_cat18560735__/p.prod Eileen Fisher - V-Neck Boyfriend Cardigan
Eileen Fisher - V-Neck Boyfriend Cardigan
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Eileen Fisher - V-Neck Boyfriend Cardigan
V-Neck Boyfriend Cardigan
Eileen Fisher
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The nubby, semi-sheer cotton fabrication on this Eileen Fisher longer cardigan makes it a great choice for an evening out. It dresses up by adding a silk tank underneath with a nice pair of black pants (you can find the ones in this picture through the “shop it” button and scrolling down on the page). And you also have the option to take this relaxed piece and dress it down for a casual day with a white tee and boyfriend jeans. Not everything has to be wool to be a great fall choice.


http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Joan-Vass-Colorblocked-Knit-Duster-/prod174070007_cat18560735__/p.prod Joan Vass - Colorblocked Knit Duster
Joan Vass - Colorblocked Knit Duster
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Joan Vass - Colorblocked Knit Duster
Colorblocked Knit Duster
Joan Vass
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Joan Vass also proves cotton sweaters can be great for fall with this striking duster in rich autumn colors. This piece really speaks for itself so keep the rest of the outfit simple with a black tank and ponte pants (as shown in this picture, which can also be purchased through the “shop it” button). We love the stylish length – it not only flatters in its relaxed fit, but we love how it interprets this season’s longer sweater length for all sizes.
 

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