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Tuesday, September 20th 2011

Ask a Stylist: How to Wear Fisherman Sweaters

When does it make sense to call a classic closet staple a trend item? When it swoops into a season with as much vigor as the fisherman sweater. Yes, I’m talking about the same style that was once relegated to hirsute men hauling crates of pungent sea creatures from docks to waiting trucks. Worn with skinny jeans or dressed up with a skirt and belt, this one’s a must for autumn. I talked with Shopbop Stylist Loni to get some tips on how to wear it.

Amie: Fisherman sweaters are a big story this season. What’s the best way to wear them?
Loni: I love a fisherman sweater when it’s a unique fit. Wearing them oversized with worn-in denim—like Levi’s Vintage jeans—is always a great look. I also love, love it when you see a chunky fisherman-inspired cable crew that’s shrunken and super fitted. It can be such a cute alternative to a basic tee when worn with a high-waisted skirt and layered bracelets.

Amie: I’ve noticed our stylists tucking a few styles into skirts. It’s such an inspired approach. What’s the trick to pulling the look off?
Loni: The trick is definitely choosing a skirt that has some pleating or fullness at the waistline so you can tuck without serious bunching! Thinner, more body-con sweaters work like a charm.

Amie: Do you have your eye on one in particular? How will you wear it?
Loni: I’m loving the Rag & Bone sweaters, especially the Montgomery. I’m planning to throw it on with denim, brown leather bells, or full skirts. I even love it layered over dresses with thick tights and booties.

--Amie

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