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)