Department of trends I can get behind: Polo sweaters

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These are currently very much having a moment, but what I like about them is that even when that moment passes they’ll still be wearable because they’re so classic too. This waffle-stitch alpaca blend number looks quite cozy, comes in several other good colors, and is pretty well-priced, especially considering how luxe it looks.

A simple navy cashmere specimen, for throwing on instead of something black.

I really dig the poppy red of this Alex Mill sweater; also, check out the other colors it comes in.

A really pretty peony pink option.

This is the only cardigan of the bunch, and it’s from Vince—who make the best cardigans, according to me. It’s not cheap, but it is 100% cashmere, and I’m seriously considering pulling the trigger on it. I feel it would go into heavy rotation.

The pop of white here is nicely graphic.

This striped sweater is rather excellently retroish.

The watermelon pink and black stripes here are just so good, and I like that it’s the right amount of oversized.

A nicely fuzzy choice in a mohair blend. I also just think this lavender is so pretty.

A good grey sweater that’ll go with most anything.

I like the slouchiness of this cashmere blend, and right now it’s nicely marked down.

An elegant cable knit choice.

And finally: this rugby striped sweater is perfect for lounging about.

 

 

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15 Thoughts on Department of trends I can get behind: Polo sweaters
    Emily
    26 Sep 2022
    10:39am

    I love Vince sweaters, but find they get pill-y just by looking at them. How do you keep them in decent shape?

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      Kim France
      26 Sep 2022
      10:48am

      That’s funny, Emily—I’ve had trouble with not-inexpensive sweaters pilling, but my Vince ones never have.

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      Gemma
      26 Sep 2022
      1:46pm

      It also depends on the fiber. Cashmere really pills, but merino tends to be less pilly.

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    Y.k.
    26 Sep 2022
    10:39am

    I So recommend the Vince cardigan- it has the most flattering boxy shape & slightly dropped shoulders. It looks great with a tank / shirttails/ nothing underneath. Got mine on Ebay for a song. Size down. (V neck cardigan without collar also nice).

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    Caroline
    26 Sep 2022
    11:21am

    If you can hold out that Vince cardigan will definitely go on sale!

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    Kathy O
    26 Sep 2022
    11:36am

    I’d love a post about long sleeved t-shirts, especially ones with graphics or fun colors. I wear them a lot in fall here in Northern California. They are a great layering item until it gets really cold. Then I start wearing Uniqlo long underwear t’s.

    Thanks again for your blog. Glad we are getting away from sweats.

    Kathy

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      Mouse
      26 Sep 2022
      3:40pm

      I second this request! Esp. without chest pockets….

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    Mimi A
    26 Sep 2022
    11:09am

    I’ve always liked polos but they have even greater appeal lately, since I need to pay more attention to whether necklines are flattering than I did when I was younger. I used to have a mane of shoulder length hair that often obscured the lines of tops I wore. It’s true what they say about long hair dragging you down at ACA, so I chopped mine to above chin length, which eek! exposed my neck. I’ve found that crewnecks, depending on how they’re cut and where they hit, aren’t a sure thing any more, thanks to the skin on my less than perfect neck not being as tight as it was. But an open polo neck always looks good. I like the fitted Faherty polo with buttons, not in the retro stripe but in Burnt Brick, a warm rust color. A polo collar is a nice way to show a little skin without being as revealing as a deep v-neck. Did I mention I have a bony chest, as in washboard sternum? Not pretty. 🙁

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    M
    30 Sep 2022
    11:53am

    I have always avoided v-necks because they make my long neck look even longer and ridiculous. I also avoid scoop necklines for this reason. I’m liking button-up polo necks for the v-necks they create, but with the option to make it smaller. The collar adds width, so as to reduce the head-on-a stick look of the v-neck.

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    cw
    26 Sep 2022
    12:49pm

    A part of my body that gets cold quickly now that I’m older is my neck. So I look at these sweaters––and they’re all lovely and look like something new and fresh––yet, I know I’ll not plunge into the polos because of my fear of a cold neck. Jeeze, I sound like SUCH a little old lady! And, of course, now I wonder about the fashion choices of Katherine Hepburn (turtlenecks) and Jane Fonda (buttons downs with the collars turned up) as I’ve always thought those choices were made because of wrinkled necks and now I’m wondering if they were/are simply cold!

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      Rae
      26 Sep 2022
      3:50pm

      I am a fellow “always coldee” and I love polo’s for the layering options. I think they look great over camisoles, crewnecks, button ups, and turtlenecks as the temps require. I also like them layered under light jackets etc. I’m learning the other side of layering now that I am in perimenopause and sometimes am NOT cold. Confusting

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      Mimi A
      26 Sep 2022
      4:04pm

      Don’t forget Diane Keaton, the queen of turtlenecks.

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        cw
        27 Sep 2022
        10:39am

        Absolutely Diane Keaton!!––now I’m wondering if she so often wears gloves because her hands are cold….hummm….

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      AM
      27 Sep 2022
      4:25am

      Yes to this! I love the look of these, but if I go around with my neck exposed, not only am I cold, but I spend the whole winter fighting of some kind of sore throat/sinus cold situation. Crew neck or mock neck cashmere is my staple in these months! I try to find unusual colors or patterns to get some variety – would love a post with some options like this!

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    Elle
    28 Sep 2022
    12:15pm

    Just wanted to say that out of 13 models, 10 appear to be women of color. And I really appreciate that.

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