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Men’s Cardigans And Jumpers

The arrival of winter leaves many people breathing sights of discontent. That’s not just because of the poor weather the season brings, but also because it means an end to a usually colourful and inventive summer wardrobe.

Clothes in winter often don’t seem to have the same creativity or spark as their summer counterparts. But this doesn’t have to be the case – with a little imagination, staples like cardigans and jumpers can still ensure that your winter outfits stand out from the crowd.

How To Wear Cardigans

The resurgence in popularity of the men’s cardigan over the last five years has much to do with its convenience. Simply slip on a cardigan over your t-shirt and your outfit is complete. But there are different types of cardigans, each of which is suitable for different occasions. Pair plain button-down cardigans with tailored trousers and a collared white shirt for office-wear that’s smart but not overly formal. Look for these cardigans in a delicate fabric like Merino wool, which is thin but warm and avoids adding bulk to your silhouette.

Cable knit cardigans, on the other hand, are chunkier and more suited to casual wear. Pull a cable knit cardigan over a t-shirt for a relaxed dinner out or a wander around a Christmas market. Hooded cardigans are a great casual option too: these look best worn over jeans and a t-shirt, and under a blazer for a chic but laid-back vibe on a night out.

The Best Jumpers For You

Similarly, there are several types of jumpers that suit different physical frames and personal styles. Crew neck jumpers, for instance, are ideal over a t-shirt while v-necks better accommodate collared shirts. Some men’s wool jumpers can be bulky, adding unnecessary padding to your appearance. Fabrics like Merino wool may seem thin but are actually great at keeping you warm, so are ideal for smarter jumpers. Try wearing a Merino wool jumper over a shirt and tie for elegant office-wear, or under a suit jacket at a winter wedding.

Alternatively, funnel-neck and roll-neck jumpers are luxuriously warm and lend themselves to layering. These jumpers cover your whole neck so they’re perfect for cold climates, though they’re often better suited to tall and slender men. More petite men may prefer jumpers with a few buttons at the neckline. This simple detail prevents high neck jumpers from making your physique appear smaller, and is the perfect way to give your body some air when it gets a bit stuffy on the bus or tube.

Tips To Wear Women’s Leather

From leather dresses to small leather inserts, there are a variety of ways to wear this timeless fabric. So whether you’re a leather-lover or you’d prefer only to make a brief nod to the trend, there’s plenty to choose from.

What’s new in leather clothing

Leather shoes and bags are a mainstay of women’s fashion. But the Autumn/Winter 2012 catwalks indicate that this year, women will be wearing plenty of leather on their bodies too – and in revolutionary ways. Leather skirts, for instance, are making waves in designer boutiques and on the high street. Leather skirts come in a range of shapes, from pencil skirts to maxi-length ones. Choose a leather pencil skirt for a versatile clothing item you can wear to the office or out on the town. At work pair with a white collared shirt with minimal jewellery, or wear with a lace-detailed top on a night out.

Leather dresses too are re-emerging, though this is more of a niche look than leather skirts. If leather dresses appeal to you, look for them in mini-length and with a straight line. Wear with ankle boots rather than knee length ones so you don’t overdo the leather look and pair with a softer fabric on top – for instance, a faux-fur scarf or wrap.

Elsewhere, leather trousers have gained favour too, especially with designer houses Gucci and Roberto Cavalli. Fitted leather trousers can look fantastic, when accessorised correctly. Try wearing black leather trousers with black riding boots, a thin white jumper and a twill coat for a look that balances feminine elegance with the dominating lines of leather.

Adding a touch of leather to your wardrobe

If you love leather but don’t like the idea of wearing leather clothes all day, rest assured that there are plenty of alternatives. Try adding small leather details to your wardrobe – for instance, leather gloves in the winter or a leather belt over a cotton dress. Or look for leather details on clothing, like leather panels on a shirt, or stitch a leather pocket on to the back of a pair of jeans for a trendy DIY touch.

For a classic leather look, you can’t go wrong with a jacket or coat. Women’s leather jackets might have less pop culture significance than their male counterparts, but they look just as good and they’re equally as versatile. Wear a leather jacket over jeans for effortless casual outerwear or pair over an evening dress to bring a raunchy touch to formalwear

Know More About Jumper Dress

Winter can be a tricky season to dress for, for many women. That’s because it’s tough putting together an outfit that looks great but keeps you warm too. And while warm trousers and a smart jumper might work well at the office, it’s not exactly an exciting combination for evening wear.

So it’s perhaps not surprising that winter-enduring women around the world have embraced the jumper dress, one of 2012-13’s most exciting trends. Also known as a sweater dress, the jumper dress pulls off the rare feat of being both cosy and fashionable. Not sure if it’s right for you? Read on to find out how you can look great in a jumper dress, while keeping your body wrapped up against the cold.

Picking the right jumper dress

Jumper dresses can be made from a range of different fabrics, from Merino wool to Jersey to a variety of woollen blends. Typically, they sport long or three-quarter length sleeves and fall down to the knee or mid-calf, depending on your height. Unlike many types of dresses, jumper dresses are unapologetically winter-friendly. And since they’re already made from thick material, they don’t usually require an extra outer layer to stay warm, though a faux-fur gilet will do the trick on exceptionally chilly days.

If you’re looking for a jumper dress to wear to work, stick to sober colours like grey, brown or black so as not to appear too casual. For weekend-wear, look for ones with a chunky cable-knit pattern or ruched detail. And if you’d like a jumper dress to wear on a relaxing evening out, search for one with a metallic trim or with a striking pattern knitted into it.

Accessorising your jumper dress

Jumper dresses are occasionally dismissed as dull by some fashionistas. However, this view ignores the versatility of this winter fashion item. If you’ve never owned one before, look for a black, knee-length long-sleeved jumper dress and experiment with a variety of accessories. Clip a wide leather belt over your middle to accentuate your waistline at the office, for instance, and replace with a brightly coloured scarf on your way to meet friends for after-work drinks.

The blank canvas presented by a typical jumper dress means it looks great with chunky jewellery, especially statement necklaces and bracelets. On a cold winter’s day, nothing will look or feel better than a jumper dress worn with knee-length boots and a shaggy circle scarf. And to make sure your figure isn’t lost in winter-wear, wear with cotton tights instead of woollen ones. With the right accessories, jumper dresses could be your new favourite clothing item throughout autumn and winter, not to mention the odd chilly spring day.