Defend the Trend

Defend the Trend: Graphic Sweater

BREAKING: The graphic sweater is not just for grocery shopping, nor is it the piece in your drawer that is only pulled out when you’re lounging around the house. Haute houses like Balenciaga and Céline have turned this cotton chemise into the “it” piece for fall.

As soon as the calendar hit September, I tried my luck with sweaters but it was still too mild (yes, I ended up sweating profusely). The best part of autumn is being able to layer so preppy, cashmere sweaters are the staple in my wardrobe. It was surprising to see models, bloggers and editors at New York Fashion Week sporting graphic sweaters that otherwise insinuate “frumpy style”.

Photo via Chloe Zhao

Russian beauty, Elena Perminova, does not have one bit of frump to this outfit. Juxtaposing the grunge cut-offs with her couture necklace, Elena makes this outfit look fashion week-worthy for sure.

Photo via The Fashion Spot

Miroslava Duma chose to wear her graphic Balenciaga sweater as a dress – because why shouldn’t she?

We aren’t all able to pull of the looks that these girls do outside fashion tents however, I promise that there are ways that you can style the cotton sweater:

To Work:

Pairing a graphic sweater with a smart A-line skirt and professional heels allows the sweater to pass the office uniform rules.

A Night Out:

You’re invited out and all you want to do is keep yourself warm but still look super chic. Pair a graphic sweater with a cute mini-skirt and some knee-high boots, which dresses you right up. Adding sparkly jewels always takes an outfit from daytime to evening.

The Weekend:

I’m still hesitant about wearing just the sweater with jeans mainly because I continue to feel like I should be mindlessly walking my dog in the park. Layering a graphic sweater with a collared blouse underneath maintains some prep but still keeps the rest of the look casual for weekend brunch and/or errands.

Is the graphic sweater a fall trend that you are willing to try in an edgy way or are you sticking sweaters where they traditionally reside: with the sweat pant?

Happy Autumn y’all x