Week of requests: knitwear with a little something extra going on

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“Sweaters with interesting patterns,” requests a reader named Diane. “I’d love to introduce more fun and variety to my wardrobe of solids and stripes.” This is a post that took me well out of my comfort zone, because pretty much all of my sweaters are solids or stripes. However I found much to like—for example this red leopard print number (there are a lot of animal prints in this post). I always like stripes juxtaposed with animal prints.

This cardigan has a decidedly treasured-vintage-find feel.

This one isn’t left in many sizes, but it was too awesome not to include.

And this zebra pattern is nearly sold out too, but how perfect is it?

Here’s a tiger stripe sweater that’s subtle enough to wear even if animal prints typically scare you.

This Navajo-looking pattern would be fantastic with worn-in jeans, just as shown here.

There are animal prints and then there are animal prints—they both have their fans—and this is a pretty ideal iteration of the latter.

A cashmere sweater with a dreamy star print and a lovely bateau neckline.

I like how faded-out the animal print is here.

Conversely, I like how much the leopard pattern pops on this burgundy specimen.

This snake is so cool, and reminds me of this vintage book cover by Joan Didion.

 

A fun, deconstructed tennis sweater for kicking about.

I think the butterflies on this slightly spendy option are really quite beautiful.

Such a pretty watercolor effect.

This Fair Isle-inspired sweater has such a great, graphic color combination.

I might have to spring for this slouchy camo sweater—it looks perfect for lounging.

Here’s a fashioned-up Baja hoodie—minus the hood. I dig the pops of orange.

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16 Thoughts on Week of requests: knitwear with a little something extra going on
    Mamavalveeta03
    13 Jan 2021
    1:17pm

    I’m not a big fan of prints, other than stripes of course (My religion…), but an occasional animal print is fun. I bought a tiger stripe cardi from Target last year because it looked like pretty much every other animal print, expensive or not. Ralph Lauren’s “Southwestern” cardigans are pretty gorgeous, and classic, IMHO, so I’d make an exception for those.

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      kimbersam
      13 Jan 2021
      7:55pm

      Lauren’s Flag stuff is cute too, but off-limits because I might be mistaken for a Trumper.

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        Mamavalveeta03
        15 Jan 2021
        3:42pm

        So true! Let’s reclaim the flag for Liberal America!

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    Clatie
    13 Jan 2021
    11:18am

    That last Tory Burch number is cute. $700 worth of cute it is not.

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    LisaC
    13 Jan 2021
    1:20pm

    After a bad day (and it’s only lunchtime I figured I deserve the black Rails sweater and the 360cashmere watercolor one. And I picked up a pair of jeans on Shopbop for good measure. Better that swan diving into a pint of ice cream. 🙂

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      HickfromStyx
      13 Jan 2021
      3:53pm

      Haha! I just bought ice cream for that reason!

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    Joannawnyc
    13 Jan 2021
    11:08am

    Boden has a lot of fun patterned sweaters. But I’ve only just branched out from neutral knits to green, purple and blue solids. I am also eyeing a black and white stripe.

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    cw
    13 Jan 2021
    9:37am

    Loving both the fair isle cardigan and the black one with the snake on the back. Like you, most of my sweaters are plain or with a stripe pattern. It’s good to push yourself out of your comfort zone occasionally.

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      Eloise
      13 Jan 2021
      9:58am

      Once again we are on the same wavelength, CW. (except – GoACA blasphemy – I am not a huge stripe fan).

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        cw
        13 Jan 2021
        11:27am

        I believe GoACA is an inclusive blog, Eloise. 😉

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          Viajera
          13 Jan 2021
          12:59pm

          Ditto what cw said. I am with Eloise, with a few exceptions – one being, I do liked striped trims, like the tennis sweater. Oh, also some Bretons. Hmm, maybe I am too wobbly. … … I have recently received the shocking news that a good friend feels that all argyle patterns are too loud. Even on socks.

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            Viajera
            13 Jan 2021
            1:00pm

            And, I was going to call some of these size ranges Fascist, but, I am guilty of never buying patterned sweaters. So, it is a moral muddle today. And, maybe early for the other F-bomb. Ah well.

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              Eloise
              13 Jan 2021
              1:53pm

              Never too early for the other F-bomb, Viajera, and, CW, your “push” on the IWTBH Dre’s worked….

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    EW
    13 Jan 2021
    2:49pm

    I have the Rails grey camo one – it IS good and loungey
    Got the jungle cat one in a cart – saving it for later – I think it would make a great pre-spring to go with white jeans

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    Eloise
    13 Jan 2021
    4:20pm

    Kim,
    To the extend any of your links are affiliate links and earn you a tiny commission, how long are they generally valid for? (E.g., I am not going to get any of these sweaters right now, but who knows how I’ll feel in a week…month, or two.) Does it help you at all if we search for old links for some of your go-to retailers before purchasing something (and not necessarily the item highlighted in a given post)?

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      Kim France
      13 Jan 2021
      4:24pm

      I will receive a commission as long as you click on the original link within—I believe—six weeks of it being posted. Thanks for asking.

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