16 colorful sweaters to brighten up your January

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As you can see from this week’s posts so far, I’m on a real color kick these days, I think because it’s so easy to get into a style rut in the winter, and color seems like a reliable way to change things up. Most of my high-rotation sweaters are black or grey, but I think it would be fun to throw something like this lively colorblock cardigan into the mix.

And here’s another colorblock option, from Alex Mill.

A very sharp-looking sweater jacket in rich fuchsia.

A poppy red fair isle cardigan that I like the idea of layering with a contrasting pattern, like here.

A perfect pink crewneck that’s really just as easy to pull on as a black one, but is so much more fun.

The space dye stripes here make this one look like Missoni.

I’m pretty this sweaterĀ is cerulean blue, which makes me think of this great scene from The Devil Wears Prada. I like its oversized-ness and the drop shoulders.

I always think rainbow stripes are best against a dark background, and here is an excellent object lesson as to why.

A very sportif cardigan that comes in a few other good colors.

Really digging the pink and brown combination here.

Such a rich red here.

I’ve wanted to incorporate a polo sweater into my wardrobe for a while now, and this one is just so good.

A sweet kelly green cardigan.

I think the shape here is really standout: chunky but not too chunky, and just kind of perfect.

This Fair Isle sweater is a subtler shade than most of the ones I’ve gathered here, and would therefore be a good choice for easing into color.

And finally, a chunky striped number with an appealingly deep V-neck.

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    Viajera
    25 Jan 2023
    1:22pm

    What a lovely post, Kim! I feel much more energetic now. … … … I remember that “Prada” scene too. The Miranda character was just so unpleasant. I think it is great that there are people who can remember details like that, but I don’t understand why that would lead them to think it makes them better in some meaningful way. I thought her character was pretty awful. Being competent is not an excuse to me. Every profession has insider baseball stats, she is no different than someone who sells pharma. Like, whatever, lady. … … … It’s a nice sweater though. That, I care about.

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    Bette
    25 Jan 2023
    1:43pm

    Beautiful sweaters, but… In your opinion, which I respect, when is this cropped phase going to end? By cropped, I mean any sweater that is shorter than its arms, when laid flat. As a tall, slightly round woman, the horizontal line of the bottom of the sweater running across my waist or high hip is THE most unflattering look on me.

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      Kim France
      25 Jan 2023
      4:43pm

      Lord only knows how long it will last, but I share your frustration.

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      Mimi A
      27 Jan 2023
      11:31am

      It’s hard to please everyone. Chances are the styles you loathe could be someone else’s holy grail. The most flattering sweater length for me is 18 to 22 inches, and I’m 5’6″ not super short. I won’t buy any sweater longer than 23″ unless it looks good tucked in. I hope there are many choices for the cropped haters but I’d be very sad if cropped sweaters became extinct. On the other hand, if I never see another pair of cropped pants that would be fine.

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    Liz
    25 Jan 2023
    1:45pm

    I love a lot of these but was so distracted by all the hideous jeans! What is going on with denim right now? The washes and the poufiness are giving me such bad 80s flashbacks.

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    Viajera
    25 Jan 2023
    6:14pm

    So, D., if you’re around … I meant to ask – and please just ignore this if it’s too nosy! – but, what kind of tatt is it? … … … Srsly ignore if you don’t want to get into that. Anyway I know lots of people with tattoos. (I am not against them but for me it would be one more thing I couldn’t make up my mind about.) I’ve never heard of them getting refreshed, but I’ll keep an ear out and if I hear of anything I’ll report back. Does that mean that they sort of re-outline it? Or do they re-do the whole thing? … … … Anyway, I hope this wasn’t rude.

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    jeanette
    25 Jan 2023
    11:04am

    Alex Mill consistently hits it out of the park when it comes to sweaters.

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    rachel in berkeley
    25 Jan 2023
    11:09am

    Love these! My challenge is the shorter length of some of the cardigans; I haven’t committed to higher waistbands.

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      Meg
      25 Jan 2023
      11:23am

      Agreed. I def require a longer length for upper thigh coveragešŸ˜Š

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      Elisabeth
      25 Jan 2023
      11:35am

      I like putting a long shirt, any kind, really, a button front or a tee, under a shorter sweater, whatever the waistband. I think it can look cool!

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    Stephanie
    25 Jan 2023
    12:49pm

    Seeing this on a gray, rainy day while schlubbed into the same gray cardigan I’ve had on for the last two weeks… It’s an intervention!

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