Soft & Cozy Warm Winter Sweaters & Women’s Knitwear Trends 2015
by Tina Boomerina (Christina Gregoire)
What is it about a cold winter day? Sure, it’s dark and cold. But, it’s more than that. It’s a time to relive our childhoods, cuddle up in our cozy jammies with a soft warm blanket, a good book, and a cup of steaming hot cocoa... Who the freak am I kidding? It’s flurking cold in here. My fingers are cramped with arthritis. I can hardly move my toes… Let’s talk about soft, cozy sweaters, wool scarves, cute ponchos, and knit gloves. Screw winter. Let’s shop.
Okay, we don’t have to shop. Let’s just talk about shopping. That’s almost as much fun. (Well, I’m not fooling you with that one, but I’ll keep trying to sound convincing.)
Cozy Winter Knitwear for Women
Let’s talk about what makes us feel nice and warm when it’s damp and cold and wicked out there… and in here. Well, it’s not too damp and cold in my den, but just cold enough to make me want to buy a pair of fingerless knit gloves. Of course, I’m buying the gloves because they’re chic and trendy and I can type when wearing them. I’m not buying them because my fingers are starting to curl up in knots from my familial arthritis. I can’t be getting THAT old.
What else might help?
I could put on my Hoody-Footie and cover it with a woolen sweater and cover all that with my cashmere robe. Then I could top it all off with a knit beret pulled down low. Of course, I might faint from overheating, but my bones would feel as good as they do in Hawaii.
Okay… dammit… let’s get back on track.
What do you like to wear when it’s cold out? What makes you feel all warm and snuggly like an old, stuffed Teddy Bear?
Note: You won’t believe this. I just walked into the kitchen to get a piece of candy, because candy has proven psychological benefits when ingested during winter, and what did I see? My husband had the back door wide open. No wonder I’m so frogfarting cold. Never marry a man from New Hampshire. He’s probably had the back door open for the past hour… in the middle of the night.
Just for that, I just might buy something. What a dork.
A Cute, Fuzzy Sweater?
I keep trying to keep my mind on things that keep us warm and cozy. The first thing that pops into my mind is a warm, fuzzy sweater like the ones my grandmother used to knit for me. Gosh, I wish I had asked her to teach me how to knit.
I really love the look of the fox sweater in the photo above. It’s so cute. I wonder if cotton will be warm enough for someone living with the Abominable Snowman. It might be. I love foxes and forest critters. However, I’m not sure it will fit me. Bummer. It might, but I think I’ll check out some plus size sites.
Plus Size Sweaters for Women
I just went through all the plus-size sweaters at MarisotaUS and I’m totally bummed out. The ones I’ve been interested in are either sold out (in my size) or my size won’t be back in stock for a week. I’m liking the Joe Browns Funky Coat in Berry, but I’m just not sure. I need to think about it for a day or two.
What do I do when I’m cold and ticked off?
I go to Neiman’s or Nordie’s... Eenie Meenie Minee Moe. Nordie’s. They don’t have Joe Browns, a brand I know and love, but they have Eileen Fisher… and a better search function. (Be right back.)
I’m Back from Sweater Shopping
Okay, it’s been two hours. I just bought an Eileen Fisher tunic in Peridot (green) because I love the color. It’s nothing like what my grandmother used to knit, but it covers my ass better than her sweaters did. I bought an infinity scarf in Gala Pink (plum) because, even though Peridot is a good color for me, plum is better next to my face. And, I realized that my black leggings are ready to be torn into dust rags, so I bought a new pair.
I’m feeling warmer and cozier already and the sweater hasn’t even made it to my door.
Unfortunately, this “article” has become more like a “dear diary” blog post. Years ago, I decided not to write articles like that (even though it happens from time to time), but I’m making an exception today because I woke up in so much pain this morning and the pain’s not going away, so I don’t really care.
I just spent way more money than I usually do. Most of the time I’m a good shopper and I wait for sales. However, I just found out I may have to move to a warmer state like Arizona, but it’s complicated because I could have a problem finding new doctors that specialize in my fancy illnesses. Oh hell, you don’t want to hear about that. Let’s talk about nice warm clothing that will make you look amazing when you’re slumming around Long Island or Marin County or Minnesota or Kansas.
Trendy Sweaters and Knit Ponchos
I’ve gathered a few photos of warm and cozy outfits I love and put them here for your enjoyment. These pics might give you inspiration if you’re into knitting or you get a raise at work or your great-aunt Martha leaves you a windfall.
One of the big trends for 2015 is ponchos. Well, there's more than one way to wear a cape or poncho. Check out the two different styles in the photo above. The striped poncho is elegant and almost 60s retro mod. The Fair Isle knit on the right is more like 70s boho. Both outfits are beautiful... and comfortable... and cozy... and warm.
Layering Outfits for Trendy Look
Of course you know all about layering, especially for keeping warm, but the layered look is taking a bit of a turn. While you should always wear each trend in a way that works for your body type and your personality, I thought you'd want to see these sleek, gorgeous layered looks from the UK.
The silhouettes have commonalities, but each one is a bit unique.
- The outfit on the left has big over short and wide (coat) over thin (leggings). And, the look is balanced by the big chunky boots.
- The outfit in the middle is a bit more fluid and feminine without being precious. I love that cape-like vest coat and the leopard print booties. I even like the little bit of ankle showing below the crops. Too cool for school.
- The outfit on the right is masculine and girly at the same time. The skirt and the coat make it structured, but the fisherman sweater softens the look. And, I'm pretty sure those are socks peeping out of the boots.
Even if you don't think you'd ever wear outfits like these... although you already might if you live in Brooklyn or Portland... you should study the balance and poetry used in these interesting silhouettes.
I know you'll be seeing a lot more ensembles like these. The chunky boots will grow on you. The only thing I'd like to add is more color, but that's just me. Too much color might overwhelm these looks... making them clownish. It takes a fine hand to pull off sensitive ensembles such as these.
OK. I've had it for tonight. Hope I feel better tomorrow. I'm sure you'll be very bored if you don't have my funny perspectives on fashion to kick around.
If any of you readers live in Prescott Arizona, let me know if you like the area or you think it's too countrified for me. Prescott may be the only affordable warm climate that my yahoo husband and yours truly can compromise on. Hawaii is too expensive. Costa Rica has too many snakes. California has too many taxes. Australia doesn't want people over 60. Yadda yadda yadda.
Okay, it's two days later and I can type again. I think it's because the sun is out. Some people say that their fingers swell up and their arthritis gets bad when there's a change in barometric pressure... like when it's going to rain. So, I don't even know what the answer is. I felt better in Phoenix, but I don't like the endless-freeway scenario. I've lived in Orange County, California. Been there done that.
Sweaters and Cardigans from Fun Stores:
Photo Credits: Prshots.com and Chesca (with permission).
- Main Photo, Fox Winter Sweater, and I wish I Could Knit: Long Tall Sally USA.
- Soft Knit Poncho Trend: Chesca, Fair Isle Poncho Next.
- Layering Trend for Winter: Office UK. It's a shoe store. Worldwide delivery. I don't know who sells the clothing.
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