12 Fresh Ways to Wear Your Basic Sweaters

There are tons of sweater styles that have proven they aren't going anywhere, at least not quite yet. This season, instead of letting the timelessness of these knitted pieces rule supreme in your overall look, we challenge you to style them in a way that will transform them into something unrecognizable. Thanks to handfuls of the most recent street style looks, we are seeing our sweaters in a whole different light, and let us tell you, their future is oh so bright.

Take, for example, your classic cardigans, crewnecks, cable-knit turtlenecks, and argyle shells. Alone, these sweaters don't necessarily bring too much to your outfit, but when paired with the right counterparts, they become just the piece your look was missing. Since a picture says a thousand words, get ready to see for yourself the freshest ways to style your basic sweaters this fall. Keep reading for the style tips (and items) that will make your sweaters look that much cooler!

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Layer a sweater or even a cardigan underneath a polished dress for an updated work look.

The perfect dress to set a poised, preppy look.

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An asymmetrical skirt and striking boots will take any cozy sweater to new heights.

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Have an oversize sweater you don't know what to do with? Try tucking it into a metallic skirt and finishing the look with glitter ankle boots. 

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Striped sweaters definitely don't have to read preppy. Drape yours over your shoulders to add a third piece to an edgy graphic tee and patent-leather pants. 

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When worn atop a crisp poplin shirt and matched with statement denim, no one will even recognize your go-to cropped sweater. 

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It doesn't get more classic than a brown cardigan, so to play off its timeless vibes, throw on a printed scarf, jeans, and loafers. 

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Even a pink sweater can be made to look edgy when paired with overalls and sporty sneakers. 

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Double up on the long proportions by wearing an oversize shell with a floral maxi skirt.

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Take advantage of a basic layering piece, like a turtleneck, by using it as a base for a complex look. 

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Your cable-knit sweater will look unrecognizable when topped with a killer statement coat. 

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Make your lightweight sweaters seasonally appropriate by layering a poplin shirt underneath. 

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A grandma-inspired cardigan can be styled to look forward when worn over a brocade minidress.