If you’re not sure what to wear in this funny weather (sunny one minute, hail-stoning the next), why not try the sweater shirt; a clever halfway house that’s perfect for transitional dressing.
I’ve been noticing a few ‘sweater shirt’ combos cropping up online recently. They might seem a bit bonkers to some but their slightly deconstructed, collage-like mix of fabrics and textures really appeals to me (now there’s a surprise). Always one to feel a nip in the air (which is often, where I live in Yorkshire), I like the idea of a jumper/blouse hybrid that gives the best of both worlds. Okay so you could just layer a knit over a shirt, which always looks very nice whatever the weather, but that would waste precious seconds of dressing time when you could just whisk one garment over your head and save on the buttoning up. Besides, sweater shirts have a certain sartorial sharpness as can be seen in the ME+EM version above, prominently featuring cuff and collar details that contrast really well with the cosy rib of a knit. I likey!
Topshop Boutique has also got some great versions of this style at the moment including this shirt hem rib knit above plus a grey t-shirt dress alternative, which will be great for summer. And finally, it might be a bit crazy but I love this Effie jumper by French Connection below, which combines a knit front with a broderie anglaise and shirting back panel that creates all kinds of interesting silhouettes (I tried it on in-store recently and couldn’t decide). Maybe this piece is dividing opinion among other consumers too as it’s currently reduced to half-price, so worth snapping up now if you’re in the yes camp.
Where do you stand on this trend – think you might try it?