Christmas is hands down the best part of winter, but since the holiday has an expiration date of December 26 aka the saddest day of the year, I need something more to ensure I last through another New England winter and no, cuffing season is not the solution (ew). This is where chunky sweaters come in. Chunky sweaters are the reason we survive (literally and fashionably) throughout the months of winter when style sacrificed for practicality.
Chunky sweaters are not only warm and probably (definitely) better cuddlers than your boyfriend, but they’re also a staple piece of your winter wardrobe. Oh and lets not forget how skinny they make your legs look when paired with leggings or skin tight jeans. They say you can never have enough pairs of socks or underwear, so I apply the same rule to chunky sweaters. In fact, if you take the length of winter and multiply it by the average number of sweaters you wear per week, you can figure out the number of sweaters you’ll need to buy to survive winter.
Length of Winter x # of Sweaters Worn Per Week = How Fab You’ll Look This Winter
Still not convinced sweaters are your survival guide to winter, even with that groundbreaking math equation? Fine, I’ll give it to you straight then. Here’s why chunky sweaters won’t make you hate winter this year:
1.They can also double as blankets.
Like a Snuggie except less ridiculous, and they’re found in stores Nordstrom, Free People, Topshop and other places real people actually shop at, not on an infomercial. Blanket sweaters are also great because you can wear them with jeans and booties but also with your sweatpants while you’re hungover on a Sunday morning. Here are two blanket-esque sweaters you’ll look fab in for the next few months.
Metallic Long Cardigan – Topshop [via Nordstrom]
Long Merino Wool Blend Cardigan– Calson [via Nordstrom]
2. You don’t have to buy scarves if you’re wearing a turtleneck.
Unlike the dreaded turtleneck and corduroy/jumper combination your mom used to make you wear to holiday parties, these aren’t the ribbed turtlenecks of Christmas card past and you can actually say for certain you picked them out yourself as opposed to being a victim of child outfit abuse.
Wafflestitch Turtleneck Sweater – Madewell
3. Want to wear a dress and still be bare-legged this winter? Wear a sweater dress.
I have a love hate relationship with pantyhose, sometimes they’re obviously appropriate and necessary, like at your great- Aunt Esther’s funeral or the church service you’re forced to attend on Christmas Eve, but on normal days pantyhose are overrated and itchy. And yet dare I say, there are some cute pairs of tights out there? Like these at Free People or these from ShopBop. If you’re not feeling it, grab your fav pair of over-the-knee boots and brace the cold in these sweater dresses.
Zoe Swit Dress– Free People
V-Back Sweater Dress – Forever 21
4. If you’re wearing a Tobi crop top in January, you deserve the frostbite you’re sure to get.
I won’t lie, I’ve done it. I’ve walked to parties my freshman year of college in a crop top (without a coat). I am aware of how idiotic I looked, I’ll own up to that. But I’m a better person now and way less stupid or way less drunk, depending on how you look at it. Here’s some sweaters (yes sweaters) you can wear to a bar and still look hot.
Ribbed Sleeveless Turtleneck Sweater – BP. [via Nordstrom]
Fuzzy V-Neck Sweater – Forever 21
Tbh, I just wrote your Christmas list, just forward this to Santa, your dad, boyfriend or whoever and you’re set. Power to the chunky sweaters.