Fall Trend Alert! Chunky Monkey Sweaters

September 25, 2008 • Fashion

Yes they are everywhere! It’s seriously it’s all about the chunky sweater this fall/winter. Long loose cardigans, big knit pullovers and mid-length and short belted cardigans seemed to take over the fall ’09 RTW runway. That’s great news for those of us who live in cooler climates!

Sweaters_peter_som                  (L-R) Phillip Lim, Donna Karan, Peter Som

Sweaters_dvf                  (L-R) Bill Blass, Richard Chai, Diane von Furstenberg

Sweaters_fendi Sweaters_catherine_malandrino_2
Sweaters_adam                  (L-R) Fendi, Catherine Malandrino, Adam

Sweaters_malo                  (L-R) Rodarte, Oscar de la Renta, Malo

Think of the sweater as your jacket. Throw a long cardi over a printed dress and  belt it  with a skinny belt so that an inch or two of fabric is seen beneath (see Diane von Furtenberg above) or wear a loosely knit cropped sweater with a short skirt. The longer version looks best with a skinny belt. The shorter with a wide belt (see Fendi and Oscar de la Renta above). This look is not recommended on those days you are feeling fat (come on we all have them). This is one look that is not all about proportions necceissarily. However, if you are not pin thin and want to avoid looking like Jabba the Hut, don’t go too chunky.


Shopping Guide:

1. Sonia by Sonia Rykiel Hand-knitted chunky cardigan $1,400

2. Stella McCartney Chunky Oversized Cardigan $1,895

3. Burberry Cable Knit Cardigan $995

BCBG Sweater

Banana Republic Ribbed Cardigan

Banana Republic Crisscross Sweater Dress

M Missoni Awning Stripe Cardigan $745

Twinkle Mixed Her Up Chunky Cardigan $348

9. Diane von Furstenberg Umer Cable Knit Cardigan $465

Nina Ricci Oversized Knit Cardigan $1,890

-Lauren Dimet Waters

Image: Jessica Piraro

Runway photos: NYMag

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