I know it’s July, but this is always the month when I get really psyched about fall clothes. Autumn is my absolute favorite time of year. With all the glossy magazines and Web sites tempting me with their photos of bomber jackets, tall boots and cozy sweaters, who wouldn’t be inspired? But because we are in the midst of full throttle sundresses and sandals right now, any purchased fall clothing must be carefully tucked away in the closet, waiting for autumn to arrive—so a girl can dream. On that note, I have chosen a lovely trend that has taken the cozy sweater and brought it up a notch to be a piece with personality. The silk paneled sweater is an inspired twist on a wardrobe staple that takes a plain sweater and makes it amazing. Consisting of a cashmere or wool body and front silk panel in a gorgeous print, it is the perfect thing to style with the crispness of autumn in mind. Dolce & Gabbana’s Printed Silk Paneled Top is the ultimate in this trend. The artistic print of the front silk on this over-sized top embodies the Italian heritage of this luxury label. The gorgeous silk carries from the front to slightly over the shoulder and is surrounded by the perfect backdrop of black wool knit. It is like wearing a piece of art. Wow. A piece with this much to say can look fantastic when paired with a simple backdrop.
Elizabeth and James Addison Lambskin Leather Moto Pants have a fabulous fit and can keep up with the incredible top without competing with it. Wear it out with DVF’s Candy Zip Trim Leather Bootie and you will look rock star fabulous.Feeling a little brave? Wear a fitted maxi skirt that offsets the boxier cut of the top and still shows some skin.
The HELMUT Helmut Lang Black Semi-sheer Cut Out Maxi Skirt is long and lean with a short lining and side slits that makes it sophisticated and quite sexy. The Prada Platform Ankle Boot is surprisingly feminine and the perfect way to strut your stuff. Add a beautiful pair of Juliet Roger Black Onyx Double Bezel Earrings to complete the picture.
Pairing this beautiful sweater with the Saint Laurent Leather-trimmed wool and twill tuxedo pants would be a little slice of heaven. This coveted pant is an über chic updated classic worth investing in and would be perfect with a pair of Miu Miu Bow-embellished patent leather pumps. I love the idea of a giant pair of earrings to shake things up a bit and play off the vintage Italian print on the sweater. These Lorina beaded lace chandelier earrings from France really stand out.
For many of us, grabbing a sweater is an easy way to pull a cool weather outfit together. The silk paneled sweater takes a closet staple out of the realm of merely practical and elevates it to the art of getting dressed.