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What's cozier than an oversized sweater layered over cable knit pants? Pretty much nothing. Lucky for you, knits are here to stay, and as the season starts to turn, it's time to start transitioning them into spring-friendly looks. Translation? You can ditch your coat and wool socks in favor of a loose blazer — or nothing at all. Take some style inspiration from our latest fashion editorial for ideas on how to make cozy look chic. Beach backdrop optional, but highly recommended.
So how do you layer like a pro? Start with your most lightweight knit: something that won't weigh you down when you start building on top. A Steve Jobs-approved turtleneck sets a polished foundation for a tailored blazer. Pair it with wide-leg knit pants for work, or your favorite jeans for the weekend.
You want to create an effortless look without bulking up, so don't try layering more than three pieces at a time. Vary the textures so that each item plays off of each other (though it looks just as sophisticated in a monochromatic palette as it does with a mix of colors). When it doubt: top it off with a cashmere shawl.
Every look benefits from an "accent piece." The focal point of the look can be a knitted grandma sweater, a form-fitting blazer, or even a fur stole, but it's what brings everything together. Layering should be easy — and cozy — so follow these rules: don't layer bulky on bulky or you'll end up looking like the abominable snowman; if you're sticking to one color, use texture to create a more exciting look; last but not least, have fun!
Look 1: Vintage blazer and fur; H&M gold pants, $10; Vince turtleneck, $175. Look 2: Vintage blazer and fur; Vince turtleneck, $175; H&M gold pants, $10. Look 3: Vince turtleneck, $175; H&M gold pants, $10. Look 4: Vintage Bob Mackie jacket; Rag & Bone marino wool scarf, $255; H&M cashmere sweater worn underneath, $80. Look 5: Topshop sweater, (similar) $80; Red Valentino turtleneck, $297; St. John Collection knit pleated skirt, (similar style) $695. Look 6: Stylist's own vintage coat; Topshop sweater, (similar) $80; Red Valentino turtleneck, $297; St. John Collection knit pleated skirt, (similar style) $695. Look 7: Vince turtleneck, $175; H&M gold pants, $10. Look 8: Topshop sweater, (similar) $80; Red Valentino turtleneck, $297; St. John Collection knit pleated skirt, (similar style) $695.
Photographer: Shanita Sims; Creative Direction: Rajni Jacques; Model: Coral Tomascik @ Re:Quest Models; Hair and Makeup: Anne-Lena Cox @ 21 Agency using Mac Cosmetics and Davines products.