So very many excellent striped sweaters

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I always think of striped sweaters as casual pieces, but the truth is they can be dressed up, too (and you can have all sorts of matchy-clashy fun with them too, as the woman above is doing).

Let’s start off with a nice yellow option, since that color has been in my head lately. I think this would look fantastic with leather jeans.

For some reason, this reminds me of something one of the kids in a Peanuts cartoon would have worn, and I mean that in a good way.

The subtle stripe at the neckline here is a tiny detail, but it kind of makes this one standout to me.

 

I like the contrast here between the cropped cut and the very long sleeves.

An extremely well-priced cashmere V-neck that I could see wearing constantly.

Same goes for this zipper hoodie (which, alas, is not quite as well-priced as the one above, but would maybe work out nicely on the cost-per-wear front).

 

This is just so bright and cozy.

I love the spacedye effect here.

The thin stripes here are nicely refined.

I do like a good funnel neck, and this one is so excellently slouchy.

This is maybe more of a colorblock sweater than a striped one, but I’m including it here anyway cause it’s pretty great.

The orange really pops against the camel here.

This looks a lot pricier than it is.

I am so crazy for the high fuzziness factor here.

Black stripes keep all the rainbow stripes from being too much on this cashmere number.

More cashmere: I’d wear it just as shown here, with khakis.

A striped and oversized cardigan like this makes a great layering piece.

This is so French, with the gold buttons and Breton shirt styling.

A cropped cardigan that’d be perfect—and kind of sexy—with a pencil skirt.

I dig how the stripes look sort of pixelated here.

This is just so fabulously big and huggy.

 

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13 Thoughts on So very many excellent striped sweaters
    Kathi
    14 Nov 2018
    1:57pm

    Love the grown up hemline skirt in the street photo. Stripes and dropped shoulders look so exceptional together.

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    Joannawnyc
    14 Nov 2018
    9:45am

    My Kryptonite!

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    Joannawnyc
    14 Nov 2018
    9:47am

    Also, I would like to get a reading on how often you can wear stripes (to work, mainly) without seeming crazy. Once a week? Every day? As often as you want as long as it’s not sequential? I really need help here. Or should I just not care?

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      Kim France
      14 Nov 2018
      10:44am

      Let your freak flag fly, Joanna.

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      Viajera
      14 Nov 2018
      10:56am

      It seems to me that more data is needed. Stripes would have to be reeeeeally aggressive on a coworker for them to bother me. And I hope that there would be indicators if your coworkers were upset. At least a feeble joke here or there.

      Otoh … what are we talking? Neon? Really thick stripes in loud colors? (I still can’t quite imagine being actually upset about it.)

      Yet I can imagine that there could be people who are visually sensitive that way (though I haven’t run into it yet). They’re probably out there. If I were to run into one, I’d tone it down. Statistically it seems unlikely. I will be interested to see what others have to say.

      On a practical level … if this really worries you? (was it a joke? real question … ) maybe you could just have like a striped desk blotter or something. Take the edge off your need for stripedness.

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    c.w.
    14 Nov 2018
    10:04am

    I LOVE a good stripe! I am awaiting delivery today of a stripped cashmere hoodie from the Nordstrom sale. I could wear just about all these sweaters (maybe not the yellow/green stripe––a little too bumble bee for me). I’m trying hard to keep my credit card in my wallet!

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    Adrien
    14 Nov 2018
    10:22am

    Naturally, I want the sweater in the first picture and nothing else will do. (I also want the Everlane cashmere striped sweater from last year which is completely sold out. I only want impossible things.)

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      kara
      14 Nov 2018
      2:09pm

      Agreed–plus that SKIRT!

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      Maureen
      15 Nov 2018
      10:49am

      Madewell has a ‘cashmere sweatshirt’ in stripes. I’m wearing the one from last year today. It’s absolutely a bit casual, but I’m sure you could dress it up.

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    marjorie
    14 Nov 2018
    10:42am

    If I ever get to attend a Green Bay Packers game (GO PACK GO) I will know what to wear.

    (And ohhhh that black rainbow stripe.)

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    Jax
    14 Nov 2018
    11:14am

    Love these, Kim.

    Wondering, if we could get a post on good, neutral sweaters — cream, beige, light-to-medium gray, maybe light camel. I’ve been craving a wintry neutral I can wear with anything. Ideally not in anything too hot or itchy — cashmere and merino wool ok but not alpaca or mohair.
    Thank you for your consideration! 🧶🧣👩🏻‍💻

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    Jen
    14 Nov 2018
    1:04pm

    Some lovely picks here, but can someone, anyone, explain the appeal of cropped and/or boxy cuts to me? I have been seeing them all over (looking at you, Madewell).

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    Anne-Marie Berk
    14 Nov 2018
    4:29pm

    Orange. Not yellow. Which makes it even more excellent. Also, I think that’s an And Other Stories sweater I can actually fit into and afford.

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