Balenciaga that I still wear, despite the holes in the elbows and fraying sleeves. (There’s a gap in the market for a sweater hospital, no?).
But let’s be clear, the teetering stash of other favorite knits I have amassed over the years – a good deal of which have toothpaste on them or are laced with moth holes – are not what I want to talk about. In stark contrast to the ‘house sweater’ that you pull over your pajamas to answer the door to the postman, the sweater I am talking about is the kind you store folded in tissue paper, and wouldn’t dream of wearing while brushing your teeth or letting any moth near. That kind of sweater. Not that it shouldn’t be cozy, just that it should be treated with the reverence of an investment bag, because that is what it is: a genuine, bona fide luxury investment piece.
The French have always intuited the fabulousness of a good sweater. I am thinking of the way Vogue Paris editor-in-chief Emmanuelle Alt or
actress Clémence Poésy can make an oversized style look chic, rather than frumpy, with leather pants or a pencil skirt and heels, or even a great pair of jeans. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen know how to rock an elegant knit, too.
The trick is to find that sweet spot where comfort, luxury and style converge. Where to start? Oh, it’s tough. I feel like a kid in a candy store with the array of fabulous knits this season. If it means I have to survive on baked beans for the rest of the month to own a cache of the oversized cashmere and silk-blend cable-knit sweaters The Row has designed for fall, I’ll do it, I swear.
At the top of my list is the khaki cashmere crew-neck sweater by Jason Wu and the cream cable-knit turtleneck by Mulberry – the
“The TRICK is to find that sweet spot where comfort, LUXURY and STYLE converge”
former with a leather pencil skirt; the latter with a pair of cropped black pants and a striped shirt underneath. Then there is the leather-trimmed alpaca-blend bouclé-knit sweater by Gucci, a wardrobe heroine deserved of the most fastidious tissue paper storage, if there ever was one.
Cashmere and leather is a winning combination, perfectly tapping into this season’s ’60s Jane Birkin-esque look. If there is one item I am going to purchase to wear with my luxury investment sweater(s), it is a pair of fabulous leather pants (Isabel Marant or Gucci, I think) and maybe a leather miniskirt (perhaps by Saint Laurent), too. They say you shouldn’t wear a miniskirt after a certain age, but with the right sweater (not to mention the right boots/opaque black tights and heels) and minimal makeup, I believe the look is ageless.
Could we preserve this ‘sweater girl’ moment in time, please? Never have I looked forward to the cold weather and the nights drawing in quite as much as I do now.
SOFTLY DOES IT
Invest in premium fabrics – cashmere is a forever buy.
Take a sweater and jeans from day to night – just swap your flats for heels.
Counter a modest neckline with a leather skirt and ankle boots.