How to Style a Sweater Like a Fashion Editor

Eight must-try tricks.

Sweaters are, sartorially speaking, the best of times and the worst of times: Cozy forgiving wonderfulness but also lumpy boxy confusion. The weak surrender to the just-throw-on-jeans-and-call-it-a-day technique. The strong? They style their sh*t like they mean it.

Here, eight fashion-editor tricks for making a sweater feel just as fancy as a blouse, or a blazer, or anything else you're *really* not in the mood to wear on a cold day.

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1 Contrast, contrast, contrast

Textural contrast is just good style: With sweaters, you either want to go as different as can be (slick leather, abbreviated hemlines, shine)...

2 Or same, same, same

Head-to-toe knits have been A Thing since Phobe Philo, and they're showing no signs of stopping. Monochrome is best because 1) easy and 2) taller.

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3 Don't actually put it on

Once upon a time, we deduced that there were three hyper-chic ways to wear a sweater without sticking your head or limbs through it. As an addendum, we bring you the fourth way, which popped up this Fashion Month: The Sling.

4 Three words: Pleated midi skirt

TA DA. You can't go out on the high street without hitting your shin against a pleated midi skirt, which makes replicating this and the following outfit ridiculously simple. (Gucci slides not included.)

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5 Tuck at the waist so you're not one shapeless mass

Another take on the midi skirt, this time in pleasantly coordinated colors. And, of course, the partial tuck, to ensure you're not shaped like a paper-towel tube.

6 Color block

Here, we've got a glorious color-blocked human. Take your eye-straining summer suit into the colder months by layering a complementary cashmere turtleneck underneath.

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7 Layer like crazy

Look closely: Ece Sukan is in the same basic outfit as the first lady, but giving off completely different vibes. On top of her turtleneck, she's put on a button-down *and* a scarf *and* two prints and embellishment. The earth tones and her being Ece Sukan make this work.

8 And if you *are* going to do jeans...

Tuck it in, wear a belt, and have excellent hair and accessories.

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