April 18th, 2008
Q: I have a black, medium-chunky-knit cocoon sweater. The only way I know how to wear it is with jeans and a solid-colored stretch v-neck long sleeved shirt underneath. How else can I wear it?
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by Colleen Geary, fashion stylist and image consultant
A: Cocoon sweaters and coats, though potentially unflattering, are surprisingly versatile to wear. The key to wearing them is to balance out the volume of the sweater with a slimmer silhouette on the bottom. This can be the jeans you described, narrow pants, or a slim-cut dress or skirt. The beauty of the cocoon sweater is that it’s such a distinctive style that you don’t need to enhance it with much flair.
One of our favorite ways to wear your cocoon sweater is to pair it with a jewel toned short sleeved dress, black tights, and ballet flats (pictured). This outfit also has the benefit of being figure flattering–because these clothes are body hugging, you won’t lose your shape in the sweater. Plus, the black tights keep the line of your look cohesive and clean.
Or for a fun evening look, add colorful elbow length gloves (bonus points for a striking color like french blue) and keep the rest of your outfit very simple.
Lastly, for a simple yet chic look, you could also wear leggings or a black short skirt with a simple t-shirt and throw on the sweater for some extra visual interest.
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