Color Block Sweater in Neutrals
to Transition to Cooler Weather
In the late 80s, I was a fan of color block fashion. It was trendy and it was everywhere! I remember one particular top that I wore a lot. It was a long t-shirt sporting blocks of bright primary colors outlined with black. Because the styles were oversized everything at that time, I was able to wear it into one of my pregnancies. Maybe that’s why I remember it so vividly.
Like many of the trends we have worn over the decades, the return of the color block trend isn’t one I’ve been enticed to try again. Until I spotted this lightweight sweater color blocked with classic neutrals.
This sweater checks multiple boxes for me. That’s an important consideration when spending my dollars on a new piece of clothing. If I can’t find more than one thing I love about it, it’s probably not worth taking home.
Here are the plusses:
- It’s lightweight – I am not a fan of bulky sweaters. They feel constraining to me and add bulk that I don’t think is flattering.
- I like the boyfriend style of this sweater. It’s a casual silhouette. I sized up to get this looser fit.
- I’ve become a fan of the combination of camel/tan and gray over the past few years. Even though we’ve been seeing this combination of neutrals, it still feels a bit surprising – a feature I like to incorporate into my outfits.
Sometimes we need to try how we style a new piece to find the right combination of top and bottom.
My first attempt at styling this sweater was with black skinny jeans. I thought the contrast between the more muted tones in the sweater and the black jeans would be fun. However, when I looked at the photos, it just didn’t look right.
I tried it with gray jeans, and I think that was a better combination. Although a darker, more charcoal shade of gray would be better. I also think pairing the sweater with an off-white pair of jeans would be a nice look both at this time of year and when we start to transition from winter to spring.
How would you style this sweater?