Choose Love

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“And I say to you, I have also decided to stick with love, for I know that love is ultimately the only answer to humankind’s problems. And I’m going to talk about it everywhere I go. I know it isn’t popular to talk about it in some circles today. And I’m not talking about emotional bosh when I talk about love; I’m talking about a strong, demanding love. For I have seen too much hate… and I say to myself that hate is too great a burden to bear.”—Martin Luther King, “Where Do We Go From Here?”

Who says florals are just for summer?

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I like florals all year round, and in the winter they’re especially sweet and even optimistic, reminding us as they do of balmier days. This Vince dress has such a pretty, almost impressionistic print.

A stretch silk button-down that’d be great under a V-neck sweater.

The print here is so appealingly watercolor-y.

I’d wear this dress with black tights and big clunky boots.

A pretty, filmy top that’d be great layered over a long-sleeved tee or turtleneck.

Such a deeply cheery skirt.

I am crazy for this sweater: the floral pattern is both subdued and statement-y.

A Madewell wrap top that’d be aces with an oversized cardigan.

This band-collar button-down would be so good under a black blazer.

I’d wear this pretty ruched dress with tights and high black booties.

 

I like how flowy this dress is, and it’s well-priced too.

A sexy kimono top that’s very 70s groupie.

I like the ruffle neck on this subtly sophisticated dress.

And I like the improbable combination of light blue and rust on this dress.

 

16 rather excellent Fair Isle sweaters

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I like Fair Isle sweaters a lot: they’re preppy, obviously, but really graphic too, and they even qualify as an ethnic print in my book. You can also have all sorts of matchy-clashy fun with them, and this one—with its pared-down color palette, would be a good candidate for that.

Here’s a pretty classic one from L.L. Bean that’d be aces with broken-in jeans.

I like how the white really pops against the grey here.

And speaking of poppiness, the orange details really kind of make this one.

Earth tones and brights combine here in an improbable but delightful way.

This one is pleasingly oversized and pretty chic.

A cashmere blend that looks supremely cozy.

I really dig the bright pink on this one.

And I like how this Madewell sweater looks reversed out.

The subdued colors here make this a pretty sophisticated choice, and it’s very well-priced too.

This one is just pretty straightforwardly preppy, if that’s your thing.

A pleasingly minimal choice.

A reversed out turtleneck option that I’d wear with grey skinny trousers.

This deconstructed sweater is an unexpected—but really cool—choice.

Mixing grey and brown here shouldn’t really work, but it totally does somehow.

And finally: I really like how the Fair Isle pattern is just barely visible here.

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