Leaves crackle underfoot, treetops are ablaze, and the air is sharp with chill. You know what that means! Sweater weather! Autumn in New York is known everywhere as a wonder of the world and savvy citizens of Manhattan break out the cozy knits as soon as Summer fades. Wool, cashmere, cotton, angora, silk - but never acrylic - the sweater is a timeless, effortless classic.
- Cardigans: This is a season of ever shifting temperatures, so a cardigan is as practical as it is versatile. Keep one on the back of your chair at work, tied at the waist and at the ready on a lovely walk through Manhattan’s Central Park, and draped softly across your shoulders when you aren’t yet ready to sacrifice the skin baring fashions of Summer. If you want to save money, check out the Dontpayfull forums.
- Turtlenecks: With or without chain, turtlenecks are a Beat era trend that anyone can incorporate into their Autumn wardrobe. The girls can wear them tight and close to the skin with a snug pencil skirt or high waisted pant and pumps for a retro look worthy of any Manhattan fashion house, or slouchy with relaxed fit denim or twill jeans and flats. And the fellas can dress them down with casual, loose jeans, or up in a dark color with matching tailored trousers.
- Pullovers: Oversized is best when wearing pullover sweaters. Look for cable knits and Nordic patterns for casual wear, and pair a chunky knit pullover with slim opaque leggings and tall knee boots for sophisticated and urban Manhattan appeal. Men, you need a pullover sweater that fits you, not too tight, not too loose. A v-neck pullover can be worn over a button up collared shirt. Open neck says casual but never sloppy, while adding a necktie spruces you up enough to get away with leaving the jacket in the back seat. C’mon, make your Grandma happy, ask her to knit you up a sweater!
- Vests: Okay, dudes only on this one. Ladies, this is not for you. When women wear sweater vests in our culture it doesn’t make it past fast food management uniform - just not when you’re going for. But on the menfolk, this look can work! Skip the argyles suitable only for knickers on the golf course and stick with the palette of the season. And which season? A sweater vest can take you through the Manhattan Autumn all the way into Spring, just follow the color trends that match the feel of the weather.
Never hang your sweaters for off season storage. Hanging them will cause them to develop marks in the shoulders and cause the entire sweater to stretch out. Fold them neatly and place them in garment bags, with cedar or moth balls if necessary. Want to play it safe and know what color is your very best bet for Manhattan sweater chic? It’s New York, baby, so, of course, black is always the new black!