9 Sweater Tunics to Wear With Leggings

 

So those fabulous over-the-knee boots I bought earlier this fall? It’s only begat one problem — they’re kind of all I want to wear now, and with that, I only want to wear them with leggings and a big cozy sweater. I’ll be honest — up until recently, leggings have not been a huge part of my fall wardrobe. I was a stick-with-skinny-jeans kind of gal, thank you very much. But like all other trends that seem to become classics — skinny jeans, maxi dresses, et al — I’ve been a late adopter and once on the bandwagon, don’t really understand what took me so long. So yes, I’ve been stocking up on leggings, too. Leggings need a specific kind of top, and with cooler temps, that means warm, chunky sweaters.

I had a couple of these types of knits in my wardrobe, but especially love how they look with the taller boots, so I’ve been on the lookout for a couple more sweater tunics to wear with leggings. I know I won’t shut up about Banana Republic’s new collection and styling this fall, but seriously, it’s been really good — I added this sweater and this one to my collection (the latter looks a little short on the model, but I found that if I sized up, I got a more drapey, tunic-y look that covered all the necessary bits. And hello, zipper details!). This sweater tunic from Gap comes in a couple different colors and is currently on sale; and if you are looking for a slightly different silhouette, I’m in LOVE with this gorgeous pumpkin-hued poncho (how fun, right?).

Ok, so I’m pretty sure I’m one of the last people to adopt the leggings/sweater tunic look, but if you’re still hesitating, trust me when I say — if maxi dresses are summer’s secret pajamas, leggings and sweater tunics are fall/winter’s. Bundle up!

 

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9 Over-The-Knee Boots for Every Budget

These boots were made for walking...and getting complimented in.

Even though they’ve been the hot thing for a few seasons now, for whatever reason, I’ve been really hesitant to buy a pair of over-the-knee boots. I think I worried that because I’m on the petite side, they would look silly on me — which in hindsight, is totally nonsensical since I own and love several pairs of regular ‘tall’ boots!

Recently, after saving some gift cards and store credits from Shopbop, I was able to splurge on a pair of the famed Stuart Weitzman 5050 boots. Believe me, I didn’t take spending that kind of dough on a pair of boots lightly, but after reading tons of reviews and talking to a few friends who owned them, I was convinced that they’d be a great investment. And so far, so good — I’ve worn them a bunch of times since temps started cooling off here in New York, and not only are they super comfortable, but I absolutely LOVE the way they look. All my concerns about looking shorter in them were for naught; if anything, I feel like over-the-knee boots elongate the leg and have a slimming effect. The only funny part about them is watching me try to take them off — I still haven’t mastered the art of removing such a tall boot with anything that resembles grace!

But falling in love with over-the-knee boots has created a problem: now, I want them in every color and heel height! I recently came across these gorgeous Michael Kors over-the-knee boots and have been hemming and hawing over whether to get the black, dark brown, or camel color (or whether to just curb the addiction now, a “quit while I’m ahead approach”). Regardless — and especially compared to the 5050s and other brands — I thought the price was pretty good on these. All my over-the-knee boot obsessing has led to a bit of scouring the Internet on my part, so I figured I’d share a round up of 9 different over-the-knee boots for every budget! Which pair are your favorite? Have you invested in a pair of over-the-knee boots yet?

 

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On Trend: Zip Detailed Sweaters

Zipper details and chunky knits. Me likey.

 
Fall trend that I’ve been totally suckered into: zip detailed sweaters. What’s not to love? You take cozy, snuggly sweaters and add metallic detailing to them. The simplest little extra ever, but one that, for me, adds the perfect amount of edge (after all, I am nothing if not a wild child. Clearly.).

J. Crew has stocked a few of these zip sweaters for fall (I think I like the front vent one versus the asymmetrical one — what about you?), but I’m also digging Banana Republic’s longer tunic version (in case you haven’t seen their new styling by Marissa Webb, it’s kind of a whole new BR and I’m into it). I also really love the back zip twist — how comfy does this marled gray sweater look (and it’s on sale!)?

Have you stocked up on sweaters for fall yet? I’m keeping my eye out for one or two more, and a zippered sweater is definitely on my list!

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