Art of Style

The Coziest – And Coolest – Cable-Knit Sweaters

The classic cable-knit sweater or cardigan has gone from closet staple to statement piece

Yoyo Cao in cut-out sweater; Oumayma Elboumeshouli in asymmetric cream sweater; Anne-Laure Mais in red cardigan; Camille Charrière in black sweater

A cornerstone of any well-stocked winter closet, the humble cable-knit sweater has long been a favorite of designers, thanks to its warmth, durability and intricate detailing. Lately, however, this quotidian knit has also become something of a statement piece among fashion insiders – look to Yoyo Cao and Camille Charrière for inspiration. Their cut-out and short-sleeved iterations are classic in feel yet directional in silhouette, and both make the case for wearing a sweater to an after-dark gathering this festive season.

Consider Nili Lotan’s subversion on the classic polo sweater, or Proenza Schouler’s slimline asymmetric sweater, which has the essence of evening, yet can be layered for daytime, too. Elsewhere, Gucci’s adaptable knitwear delivers a contemporary take on the classic black staple – the sleeves are detachable, meaning this piece can also be worn as a vest – while Victoria Beckham’s crimson number puts a sophisticated spin on festive knits. Styled with an oversized blazer, wide-leg pant