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1 Piece 3 Ways: The Cosy Winter Sweater

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Winter is finally here! It’s December and that means we’re embracing the chill with arms wide open — wherever you are within the country, you must be experiencing at least a sliver of cold, if not all of it. With that in mind, this week we bring to you the trusty knit sweater that everybody loves to cosy in during the comfy, chilly Indian winters. Mind you, this jumper is not one of those heavy duty thermal warmers that could get you through a blizzard. It is pretty light and can also be worn during the brief heat post 12 pm.

Keeping the mood swings of the weather in mind, this embellished sweater is the perfect answer to all your warm winter necessities. Also, the lovely sequined butterfly adds that cute little holiday Christmas element to it! Now in a place like London, I usually used to layer my sweater with a scarf and an overcoat, and of course knee-high boots, which made anything I wore look formal and smart. However, if I were to apply a similar styling strategy in a city like Mumbai, I’d probably be a cooked Christmas quail by the end of the day. The good thing about plain knits is that you can style it to suit any mood! Pair it with ankle boots, flat sandals or sneakers… it goes with everything! And the great thing is that it actually adds that snug winter element to your attire.

We have mentioned in the past that layering is big this season, however, with a knit sweater, since it is already thick and heavy you might want to keep it simple on top — but that shouldn’t stop you from going crazy with the pairings. Something you can swing from AM to PM, office to party, brunch date to shopping spree, the knit sweater needs to be a part of your winter essentials every season.

The sweater we’ve picked out for these looks is from Zara.


1. The Casual Christmas Party Look

It is party season and you are bound to attend a college or office Christmas party which will require you to dress up a little, and not in a way where you look like you’re attending a ball. In this case, pair the sweater with black leggings or trousers, preferably ones with a little texture, like leather or PVC or even lace sides, just so that it doesn’t look too blah. You would want to wear some dainty heels for this look, a pair that will add that party factor to your ensemble. Keeping accessories to at minimum, finish off your Christmas ready look with an elegant barette clip or headband — it makes the entire vibe cute and chic.

Zara V-Neck Sweater with Butterfly Appliqué (Rs 4,490)
Boohoo Sara Snake Skin Leather Look Panel Leggings (Rs 850 approx)
No Doubt Dainty Strap Sandals (Rs 2,695)
Blueberry Medallion Headband (Rs 499)



2. The Chilled Date Look

This one is perfect if you’re heading to a fun pub with a cute date. The entire vibe of this outfit is very edgy rocker chick with a touch of femininity. The shorts allow you to flaunt your sexy legs with a pair of fringed ankle boots accentuating them. In this case accessorise — either stack bracelets or wear a choker. Make sure your choker has a pendant to add a little bling to your outfit. Complete the look with a small sling or clutch. You can either choose to keep it simple or dazzle it up a little, just make sure it has some element of sequins or glitter — mainly to compliment the embellished butterfly on the sweater.

Zara V-Neck Sweater with Butterfly Appliqué (Rs 4,490)
Mango Buckled Skirt Pants (Rs 2,990)
Lulu & Sky Fringed Peep Toe Booties (Rs 3,550)
Pipa + Bella Onyx Hoop Choker Necklace (Rs 549)
Koovs Owl Sling Bag (Rs 1,695)



3. The Brunch With Your Girls Look

This is the perfect day look during winters. A very ‘cool’ approach to the sweater, pair your knit with some light denim hot-shorts and sneakers. Now you can either keep it very simple or you can glam it up a tad bit! So, instead of wearing white sneakers, jazz it up with glitter ones! Yes, we seem to be loving the glitter with this sweater — I mean, it is the festive season, right? Another option to add a little more bling to this casual look would be to wear some hoop earrings. With the accessories, you can keep it simple and not too jarring in flash! Lastly, swoosh on some sunnies and you’re ready to go!

Zara V-Neck Sweater with Butterfly Appliqué (Rs 4,490)
Mango Medium Denim Shorts (Rs 1,990)
Koovs Skater Shoes (Rs 635)
David Klein Cat Eye Sunglasses (Rs 975)
Goldnera Collage Hoop Bali Earrings (Rs 399)


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