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5 Most Fashionable Sweater Styles to Standout

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It’s 6 p.m. and the sun sets even before that. However, not all of this is distressing. The Fall/Winter collections, which walked the runways in February, are finally making their way onto the shelves of your favorite shops. It’s time for you to review your winter staples such as outerwear, boots and sweaters and give your wardrobe a dose of weather-appropriate playfulness. The embellished sweater is this season’s must have. It will brighten up your day, even when the sun sets before your workday ends.

Sometimes, runway fashion can seem a little too extravagant for everyday life. But the embellished sweater is just right — it’s cozy and still very eye-catching. The trend was seen at Balmain and Valentino with interwoven shine, Paco Rabane and Valentino with rhinestone embellishment and Vivetta with eye-catching buttons. There will always be an option that suits your style, regardless of how subtle it is.

“We are seeing the use of lurex, shine and crystals on the runway in the Y2K dress trend,” explains Libby Page (Senior Market Editor at Net-a-Porter) about the trend’s throwback roots. Low-rise pants and tube tops remain a favorite among Gen-Z when it comes back to the ’00s, but embellished knitwear is something even those who lived during that era can appreciate again. Here are the top winter’s shining and sparkly sweaters.

Splash of Stones

A simple splash of rhinestones can be a great way to get into high-shine apparel. A subtle sprinkle of rhinestones makes it easy to wear, even for those who don’t want to get too bohemian. To keep it chic and subtle, choose a muted or dark neutral color (think ice or sage).

Our Stylists’ recommendations:

  • No. 21 Ribbed Cardigan ($1,065)
  • Paco Rabanne Necklace Cutout Sweater ($890)
  • Dalood Embellished Sweater ($450)

Shine Intertwined

Designers added glamour to knitwear this season by adding high-shine embellishments like sequins and tinsel into the sweater’s weave. This creates a bright, eye-catching look. This sweater can be worn with your favorite denim or paired with a leather skirt and knee high boots for an evening look.

Our Stylists’ recommendations:

  • YanYan Knits Tinsel Extra Long Sleeve Cardigan ($375)
  • Balmain Metallic-Effect Roll Neck Sweater ($1,995)
  • Undra Celeste New York Gold Square Neck Top ($295)

Trimming with a Touch

Are you not a fan of full-on shine? You don’t have to go all out with the shine, you can add a little glimmer for a more polished look. You can keep it simple with a rhinestone trim at the collar, or go bold with a shimmering fringe to brighten up a classic sweater. There are many options that you can choose from, so no matter what your style preference is, there will be a look that suits your needs.

Our Stylists’ recommendations:

  • Christopher Kane Crystal-Embellished Keyhole Wool Sweater ($1,395)
  • Chloe Embellished Ribbed Knit Cardigan ($1,050)
  • Miu Miu Embellished Cardigan ($1,260)

All-Over Applique

All-over applique can be a great way to up your sweater game. There are many options this season. You can use rhinestones or sequins scattered throughout your knit, or you can place shine in a thoughtfully placed area. It’s not difficult to be creative. Style your sweater by pairing it with simple bottoms and completing the look with an eye-catching pair of earrings.

Our Stylists’ recommendations:

  • Cinq a Sept Rae Embellished Star Cardigan ($325)
  • Alessandra Rich Argyle Wool Crystal Cropped sweater ($1,085)
  • Roopa Pemmaraju Canna Embellished Sweater ($1,100)

Beautiful Buttons

Cardigans are back in fashion as a popular knitwear choice for trendsetters such as Katie Holmes and Bella Hadid. They’re getting a glamorous upgrade with high-shine buttons such as novelty shapes, crystal embellishments and pearl detail options. This piece is the ideal addition to your work-from home wardrobe for a “keyboard-up” outfit (Zoom-ready on top and sweats on bottom).

Our Stylists’ recommendations:

  • Self-Portrait Cardigan with bow and faux-pearl embellishment ($350)
  • &Other Stories Cardigan in Alpaca Blend with Novelty Button ($119)
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