REASONS TO LOVE IT
This season sweaters came out of their shells, with styles ranging from striking work ensembles (Marc Jacob's teal V-neck sweater and pencil skirt) to dramatic evening outfits.
HOW TO WORK IT
Slide into a sweater that lands just below the stomach, or tuck a long, skinny one into a skirt and toss on a belt. If drawing attention to your tummy makes you squirm, wear a curve-hugging fisherman's sweater over a dark skirt. Chunky knits are an ideal counter point to floaty fabrics like silk or feminine textures like ruffles or fringe. Don't shy away from matching sweaters and skirts: Monochromatic looks are chic and flattering. Skirt lengths range from just above the knee to floor-dusting. Those with muscular calves should skip skirts that hit below the knee, which highlight the widest part of the lower leg.
Photos: (left to right) Dries Van Noten, Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren, Chanel
Tommy Hilfiger Sweater and DKNY Skirt
Wool-cashmere turtleneck, $199; at Tommy Hilfiger, 212-223-1854.
SKIRT: Silk, $295; at select DKNY stores.
3.1 Phillip Lim Sweater and Tory Burch Skirt
Angora wool, $575; at Kirna Zabete, 212-941-9656.
SKIRT: Tweed, $425; toryburch.com.
Vince Sweater and Philosophy by Natalie Ratabesi Skirt
Yak-wool, $325; saksfifthavenue.com for stores.
SKIRT: Polyester-blend jacquard, $795; at Philosophy, 212-460-5500.
Kate Spade Saturday Sweater and Super Trash Skirt
Acrylic-wool, $130; saturday.com.
SKIRT: Cotton polyester, $99; at Super Trash, 212-226-1565.