By: Chloe Li

Photos by: Megan Rooney

A good sweater can take you a long way; from fall to spring, this wardrobe staple remains indispensable due to its versatility and warmth. I am personally infatuated with striped sweaters, and am always on the hunt for a unique take on this classic look. I picked up the sweater below from a small boutique after noticing its oversized and contrasting sleeves. Here’s how you can dress up or down a sweater for three completely different looks that will take you from your internship to a girls’ night out.

Fun & Fresh

Create a playful outfit by accentuating the fun details of your sweater! Here, I decided to highlight the contrasting sleeves by allowing them to peek through the dark gray duster coat, lending a trendy, yet classic silhouette. I chose a pair of straight-legged, two-toned, distressed jeans with an asymmetrical hem to give a modern element that contrasts the simplicity of the duster coat. For footwear, the red detailing of my sneakers adds a pop of color, not to mention the ultra-playful heart socks.

Classy Monochrome

A monochrome outfit is an easy and reliable way to appear put-together. Here, I dressed up my striped sweater by pairing it with a classic, medium gray duffle coat. A duffle coat is timeless and incredibly versatile, especially if you choose one in a classic silhouette and style. On the bottom, I simply wore black, fitted jeans and a pair of statement backless loafers with velvet bows. Backless loafers are one of my favorite trends right now, and a great way to transition outfits from spring to summer (or if you don’t mind the cold, even winter!).

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Casual Streetwear

Give your sweater a more edgy and modern look by pairing it with streetwear elements. While bomber jackets are often worn with t-shirts or sweatshirts, a sweater also pairs nicely. I picked a classic green bomber jacket with interesting back detail from the menswear section to give my outfit a casual feel. Then, since the focus is on the upper half, I wore black skinny jeans and simple white sneakers to complement the outfit. Lastly, I decided on a pair of orange shades for a pop of color that complements the orange on my bomber jacket. While colored shades do not offer much sun protection, they sure are fun to wear!

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So whether you’re off to work, a hot date, or a night out with friends, don’t sleep on the versatility of a classic striped sweater.

Chloe Li is a freshman in the SFS, majoring in International Political Economy. She can usually be found eating mint chocolate chip ice cream, browsing http://www.Zara.com, and collecting all things striped.

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