It may seem like summer just ended, but savvy shoppers get their fall sweaters before the selection is picked over—and a chill is in the air. Here are 15 tips to keep in mind when shopping for a basic sweater, from Wear This, Toss That! Hundreds of Fashion and Beauty Swaps That Save Your Looks, Save Your Budget & Save You Time, by style expert Amy E. Goodman.
• A medium-weight fabric that’s neither too bulky for a big chest nor too thin for a flat chest
• A neckline that doesn’t crowd your face
• A belted style if you have a generous bust or hips, to add definition at your waist
• Unique prints, embroidery, sequins, asymmetrical necklines
• Details that hide your weaknesses. Flat chested? Look for embellishment around the boobs. Big tummy? Go for a more open neckline to draw attention toward the face
• Affordable, trendy sweaters from mass retailers to boost your wardrobe for one season
• A variety of staples: thinner fabrics to layer under a blazer; medium-weight, hand-knitted threads for warmth; standalone twinsets
• Heavy appliqués, such as seasonal Christmas trees, pumpkins, autumn leaves, or braided embroidery, that weigh a sweater down
• Any sweater with blinking lights attached to a battery pack
• “Wire hanger” shoulders
• Shapeless sweaters
• Overly fuzzy fabrics like angora that shed
• Thin fabrics that cling to stomach rolls
• Thick fabrics that bunch up under arms or at waist
• Overly chunky, overly detailed, heavy knit sweater that makes you look “stuffed” like after Thanksgiving dinner, with an unattractive zip funnel neck.