Nautical by Nature

Gorgeous and luxe sweaters to dream of from Vera Wang F/W 2015/2016
Gorgeous and luxe sweaters to dream of from Vera Wang F/W 2015/2016

Sometimes you find yourself reaching for the same thing every time you get dressed. For me there are two options. In the spring and summer it’s a striped Breton top. In the winter, it’s a fisherman sweater. Interesting that both items are nautical in nature as I am a confirmed land lover, but in each I reach nirvana between neither overdressed nor underdressed, but instead ready for anything.

It helps that both have a heritage feel to them and that they go with my high rotation bottom choices– jeans, olive green slim cargos and black pants/skirts/joggers.

I say heritage feel because since I do not own an authentic Aran sweater that carried back from Ireland from a devoted relative, I am open to new versions in cotton and cashmere as well as vintage finds in wool. My admiration for design and merchant teams who work to create flattering styles from modern yarns expands each year– yay for flattering styles with no itch issues.

The perfect go-to sweater from LL Bean
The perfect go-to sweater from LL Bean

 

As more of us strive for the 80/20 wardrobe of perfect pieces, this is an ideal time to indulge a love of classic fisherman cables. These versatile knits go with everything else on our list of must-haves. From an Hermes scarf to a cute cashmere beanie, everything melds together perfectly.

Plus, if you believe in loving trendy shoes from afar while investing in house classic styles, you’ll find that Rag & Bone boots, Chanel ballet flats and Converse one stars all look terrific when topped with an Aran knit. I must say though, lately I’ve been dreaming of a fisherman sweater in ivory cotton, faded jeans and a pair of Aquazzura Colette 75 sandals in clementine.  Surely, these will become a classic, no?

 

Aquazzura Colette 75 in Clementine
Aquazzura Colette 75 in Clementine