Now that we've covered a sweeping selection of must-have fall boots and skirts in our previous installments of Market Watch, it's time to round out your seasonal wardrobe and hone in on the next autumnal necessity: sweaters. With the wide assortment of options out there, we know firsthand that the task of deciding which knit essential to buy can seem overwhelming. Good news: we combed the market for the season's top sweater trends and gathered the best styles for you to try now. Yes, there are some splurges in the mix, but we found affordable options too, which means there's a sweater for everyone and every budget in today's picks.
The F/W 12 runways featured an eclectic array of sweaters, including the perfect reference point for today's roundup: Michael Kors' Ecru Handknit Wool Aran Longsleeve Turtleneck ($1295). On its own, Kors' high-end take on the humble fisherman's sweater is deliciously cozy, but it works well with fancier pieces too. When paired with a delicate Gold Metallic Chantilly Lace Cascade Skirt ($6995) and Saddle Leather Thick Cross Strap Sandals ($1095, 866.709.KORS), the resulting outfit is casually glamorous and appropriate for a surprisingly wide range of occasions.
If your sweater collection is currently stocked with all the basics, consider investing in one with 3-D detailing. These subtle statement-makers are an easy way to introduce texture into your repertoire. Since they often demand the spotlight, keep the rest of your ensemble minimal with a pair of standard tuxedo pants for a polished finish.
Stella McCartney Textured Alpaca-Blend Sweater ($2090)
Levi's Loopy Pullover Sweater ($88) in Seed Pearl
Rebecca Taylor Fringe Mesh Pullover ($395)
From Burberry Prorsum to Paul & Joe, animal prints--whether they're single, oversized graphics or patterns--are making their mark on fall fashion. These novelty pieces are great contrasted with sleek and sophisticated pieces, such as a leather pencil skirt and patent heels.
C. Wonder Scottie Dog Intarsia Sweater ($78)
Madewell Counting Sheep Sweater ($108)
Sonia by Sonia Rykiel Intarsia Wool and Raccoon-Blend Sweater ($495)
Sweaters with distinctive digital designs and patchwork prints are like a grown-up version of graphic t-shirts. In other words, they offer an easy way to increase intrigue in a humdrum closet. In keeping with their fashion-forward look, style them with a pair of printed jeans for a look-at-me-now outcome.
Topshop Knitted Battenburg Jumper (84)
3.1 Phillip Lim Digital Brindle Pullover ($450)
Alexander Wang Cropped Metallic Frayed Pullover ($395)
The versatility of a comfortable-yet-elegant fisherman knit makes this sweater a closet essential every year. Take a cue from the Michael Kors runway and juxtapose its casual vibe with a delicate skirt, or embrace its rustic roots and pair it with corduroys and rugged boots for the weekend.--Nicole Shoohed
Joseph Cable-Knit Wool-Blend Sweater ($695)
Reiss Priestly Twisted Colour Jumper ($210)