I am fully aware that this post is a little ridiculous, as it’s still 97 degrees here in New Orleans. While summer isn’t over, I have some great reasons you should start thinking about stockpiling some sweater sets.
1) It will get cold, eventually. Don’t you want to be prepared and look amazing?
2) Things like sweater sets and velvet dresses can be much cheaper out of season than in season. If you see a great set at a good price, snap it up now and store it until it cools off.
3) A sweater set can take you anywhere. Dress it up with heels, some flashy jewelry and a hat and you have a cocktail outfit. Pair it with brogues and a casual coat and you have the perfect daywear combination.
4) Sweater sets are one of the most flexible types of vintage pieces when it comes to weight fluctuation. This makes them easy to wear, but also means you should check a size or two down from your normal size when you’re looking to purchase them. Many can stretch 10 inches or more!
To spur your sweater set lust on, I’m featuring several that are on Etsy right now. All would make really gorgeous basics, but could also be turned into showstopper party outfits. Since I am part magpie, you’ll see that I have an affinity for beaded sweater sets and wear them whenever possible – this is definitely reflected in my selections.
This knit 1940’s dress has so many great things going on with it. The ribbon detailing on the collar is especially chic and the color is unusual and incredible.
This piece belongs in the vintage fashion dictionary under “classic” and “staple”. The color is rich and gorgeous, but easy to mix and match with basically everything. The alternating ribbon detailing really makes this piece extra special.
This hand beaded 1970’s does 1940’s sweater is set truly killer. Definitely cocktail party worthy! The colors would make this a great offbeat holiday outfit as well.
This set is sweet and basic, which makes it a great staple to dress up and accessorize. I also love that it’s an unusual color, as you tend to see sweater sets in the more basic winter colors. It’s nice to see a pastel every once in awhile. This set is 1950’s, but could easily be dressed up to fit in with several different eras.
This is the kind of sweater set I buy most often: basic color, a bit of beading for visual interest and a classic shape. This lipstick red one has some serious attitude!
Another beautiful and unusual shade of blue, this time with snow white beading that gives it a classic winter feel. This would look phenomenal with a classic white coat and some simple gold accessories.
I sometimes shy away from three piece sweater sets, since some of them read as matronly to me. That said, this one is really special and has some amazing beading. I also like that you could wear the skirt and top as a basic set and therefore get more wear out of it.
Do you wear vintage sweater sets in the winter? What styles or details do you look for?