Give Me All the Chunky Sweaters

Happy New Year! I hope you had a great time celebrating the end of 2018. I had some exciting news of my own to end the year. My boyfriend and I got engaged on New Year’s Eve! We’re both thrilled and looking forward to what 2019 will bring. Besides that I’m just trying to get back into the swing of things after completely disregarding healthy eating and exercise for close to two weeks.

In addition to shopping for people on my Christmas list, I tried to find some deals for myself during the holidays. I decided to focus on big chunky sweaters this year since those seemed to be a major category missing from my wardrobe. I’ve been trying to clean out my closet every season, getting rid of styles I no longer care for or wear. Last year, I did a big purge of my sweaters, leaving my closet woefully low on this wardrobe staple. With colder temperatures right around the corner, I was glad to stock up while they were on sale.

This pointelle sweater from Loft is one of my favorites. It’s big, chunky, and cozy, and styles perfectly with jeans and booties. I also want to try it with skirts for work. Currently, this sweater is almost sold out, but luckily Loft has a lot of other cute styles like this texturestich sweater and marled sweater. What are you wearing to stay warm this winter? 

A Great Low-Key Sweater for the Holidays

Details: ASTR the Label Sweater / Target Jeans / Sam Edelman Flats (Similar) / J.Crew Factory Necklace
  
(Unfortunately, this original sweater is close to sold out in green. Here are a few other options: A green v-neck with a blouson sleeve, a red ballet sweater, and a green crew neck blouson sweater)

We are officially in the thick of it! Parties, cookie exchanges, and white elephants galore! We’ve already been to a few parties so far and have a few more to go. For a lot of these gatherings, I’m excited to say I’ve found the perfect low-key yet chic green sweater. It’s a wrap style that has the most romantic v-neck and is in the perfect shade of dark green. I’ve paired it with black jeans to match its sophisticated look and added pops of interest with my leopard print flats and glitzy necklace. In addition to being super stylish, it’s really cozy and I can’t wait to wear it for Christmas and beyond. What are you wearing to your holiday shindigs?

Oatmeal Tunic Sweater with Skinnies

Details: Sun & Shadow Sweater via Nordstrom / Gap Leggings / Sole Society Shoes / Michael Kors Watch and Cuff

I have been gravitating to longer, tunic style sweaters lately. They look great layered over skinnies, they feel sophisticated and they provide a different level of warmth and coziness. My mom and I found this one while shopping the Black Friday sales before Thanksgiving. I was lucky enough to unwrap it on Christmas morning. When I wear this sweater to work with my legging pants from Gap, it sort of feels like I am wearing pajamas. There is no better feeling after toughing it out in the snow and cold.

As I attempt to be less wasteful in 2016 (See Resolution) and invest in quality pieces for my wardrobe, I have been relying on Nordstrom a lot lately. They tend to carry brands that interpret trends with longevity in mind. Despite the fact that this sweater feels more modern, I can see it being useful in my wardrobe for a long time to come. Nordstrom has a lot of great sweaters under $100 and they have sales frequently enough that you may find one of these beauties marked down if you wait. This one was only $32, and is unfortunately sold out on the website. Southern Curls and Pearls is always posting about her great Nordstrom finds and she usually lets you know if the price drops on an item she’s purchased so you can snatch it up to. 

Independent Business: The Ohio Knitting Mills Pop-Up Shop

When one thinks of Cleveland, they don’t usually associate the city with the production of clothing. However, at one time, the manufacture of ready-to-wear clothing was one of Cleveland’s leading industries, and during its peak in the 1920s, it ranked with New York City.
The remnants of this bygone industry can be perused and purchased for a brief period of time at the Ohio Knitting Mills Pop-Up Shop on Detroit Road in the Gordon Park Arts District ½ a block from the Cleveland Public Theater.
In the store, you will find an archived collection of mainstream fashions from as far back as World War II.
The story of the Ohio Knitting Mills started in 1927 when Harry Stone began the family business. It eventually became one of the country’s largest knitwear producers, making knitwear for department stores from Sears to Saks, and hundreds of revered labels like Pendleton, Van Heusen, and Jack Winter. Today the story continues as Steven Tatar acquired the rights to sell the perfectly preserved 5,000-plus sample archive.
I was able to visit the store over the weekend and loved being able to touch the textures of the handmade clothing and see in person the unique, bright colors and patterns. If you love vintage American fashion, then you must visit the shop. The prices for clothing vary, ranging roughly between $28-$128. I will be sharing my purchase with you tomorrow in an outfit post, but until then, enjoy these photos and read more about the store at the site and about the Cleveland garment industry here.