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Inspired By: Just Add a Cardigan

There are certain wardrobe pieces that always do an impeccable job at bridging the gap between our warm-weather favorites and the begginings of fall. One of those pieces is the knit cardigan. Today’s street style inspiration does a spot-on job of taking the white summer tee and bringing it so seamlessly into fall with the addition of a cozy knit cardi.

See our take on this easy transition look below:

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1. Ray-Ban Erika Sunglasses

2. LAmade Deep V-Back Tee

3. Splendid Hooded Cardigan

4. DL1961 Florence Instasculpt Coated Denim

5. Sam Edelman Petty Boots

 

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Buyer Favorites: Ready for Fall

As we set our sights on fall, we can’t help but get excited about the shift to richer hues and all the layering possibilities!

To get the scoop on must-have fall transition pieces you need in your wardrobe now, we turned to one of our resident fashion connoisseurs and private label apparel buyer, Lauren. Below, she shares some of her favorite new arrivals from our Zappos Private Label collection.

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Cardigans & Kimonos: perfect for throwing on over your summer basics as the weather begins to cool off.

1. Brigitte Bailey Stripe Pleat Boho Cardigan

2. Brigitte Bailey Peakaboo 3/4 Sleeve Cardigan

3. Brigitte Bailey Tribal Aztek Dream Cardigan

4. Gabriella Rocha Amy Floral Kimono

 

Blouses: pair with everything from pencil and A-line skirts to tailored trousers!

1. Brigitte Bailey Wild Animal V-Neck Silk Blouse

2. Brigitte Bailey Mixed Media Blouse

3. Brigitte Bailey Tiffany 3/4 Sleeve Blouse

4. Brigitte Bailey Sophie Blouse

 

Day-to-Evening Dresses: versatile silhouettes make these the perfect option for layering to create a variety of looks!

1. Gabriella Rocha Vikie Sleeveless Dress

2. Brigitte Bailey Torie Dress

3. Brigitte Bailey Demri Dress

4. Brigitte Bailey Jennifer Dress


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Fresh Picks: Cozy Printed Cardigans

A warm, cozy knit cardigan is a great go-to for cold-weather layering. It’s like a comforting hug every time you throw it on! Wear these closet staples over everything from dresses to a worn-in denim shirt for the perfect layered look.

Below are  a few of our latest favorites done in cozy winter prints and hues:

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1. O'Neill Cosby Sweater, 2. Jack by BB Dakota Zillah Sweater, 3. O'Neill Cozy Up Sweater, 4. Quiksilver Native Cocoon Hoodie, 5. Jack by BB Dakota Janne Sweater, 6. Quiksilver Sunset PLake Ombre Sweater

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Fresh Picks: Pre-Fall Knits

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There are few fall essentials that come close to the versatility and coziness of a nice sweater. Knit sweaters are perfect for transitioning into fall, layering effortlessly over your current closet staples.

Here are some of our current faves in the fall knits department:

1. Free People Beached Shell Cardigan: Done in a classic fall shade of pepper red, this lush open cardigan looks great over practically anything!

2. O’Neill Pueblo Sweater: We love the summery, beachy feel of this light cardigan over camis and shorts.

3. Volcom V.Ent Fringe Poncho: The chic boho feel of this grey poncho makes it a must-have in our books.

4. L.A.M.B. Preppy Sweater: Equal parts preppy and runway chic, this stunning sweater instantly polishes up a casual look. You can even dress it up for nighttime with a pair of heels!

5. Free People Open Stitches Pullover sweater: Throw this on over your distressed jeans for an effortlessly bohemian look.  

6. BB Dakota Mardi Cardigan: Like a cozy blanket, but infinitely more chic and sophisticated! We see ourselves reaching for this oversized cardi all season long.


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Office Style: Cozy Cardigans for the Office

Winter closet essentials include a lineup of cardigans and sweaters, and your best picks for the office this season include flyaway cardigans, cropped bolero style sweaters, and the fabulous oversized wrap. Cardigans and sweaters this season are all about ruffles, a loose fit and bold colors. Here are some tips for choosing and wearing cardigans at the office this season:

1. Pull off the elbow-sleeve look. ¾ sleeve cardigans and tops are giving way to the elbow-sleeve length. Pick up a flyaway cardigan or oversized, button down sweater with the elbow length sleeve for a semi-casual, office friendly look.

2. Go for the ruffles. Flyaway ruffle cardigans are one of the hottest trends, but if you work in a semi-conservative office, it can be hard to pull off this look without breaking the dress code. The trick to wearing this style is to choose a neutral color like black, beige or dark brown is always safe and pairing it with a pair of straight leg pants or a pencil skirt completes the ensemble. Keep the rest of your outfit as simple as possible to make the most of this look.

3. Try a twin set. This season's twin sets are great for creating a simple, chic and professional look, and you can add a touch of your own style by wearing a lacy camisole underneath, instead of the traditional shell. If the lace is too much for your office, consider wearing a top with beaded or sequin accents underneath instead.

4. Oversized wrap cardigans. The oversized cardigan that looks like a light jacket or wrap is another hot trend, but you need to wear it with skinny pants or fitted trousers to pull it off right. This is a no-fuss look for the office that will keep you plenty cozy when temperatures drop.

5. Cropped cardigans. Cardigans that double as oversized boleros are great for the office maven with a well-defined waist. Look for yours in a rich burgundy, plum, forest green or black for a fall-friendly look. These types of cardigans are best paired with a pencil skirt or a long tunic top with fitted pants.

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From the Runway to Your Closet: Chunky Knits for Fall and Winter

For the 2009/2010 fall and winter season, we’re going to see a lot of chunky knits gracing fashion runways. Now, when you think of chunky knits you may think of bulky and shapeless sweaters, but that was not the case at all.

There are several degrees that you can take the chunky knit fashion trend to. There are the normal chunky knits that are common most winter seasons, then there are the trendier chunky knits of this season that still have shape and lots of texture and then there are the extreme chunky knits that we saw on many of the runways last year. The extreme chunky knits are definitely not for everyone. This may be one runway fashion trend that should stay on the runway and the average woman should focus more on the trendy and normal knits that still give them some shape while looking trendy.

There are many different ways to wear this fashion trend. The most common is with accessories like a chunky knit scarf wrapped around your neck. This accessory looks great with a pair of jeans or trousers and a plain colored shirt or blouse. Add some knee high boots and you have a very trendy fall and winter outfit that will also keep you warm and toasty.

Another very common way to wear this fashion trend is with the chunky knit sweater. This could be a cardigan or coat sweater or a basic pull-over sweater. To keep in with the fashion trends look for things such as open knit weaves that give some hint of sexiness while wearing a chunky sweater. Also, electric colors like blue, purple, and green are a great way to add some color to your outfit if the sweater is a basic chunky knit.

Chunky knit jumpers and dresses are also a big hit in the fashion department this fall and winter. Look for dresses that still show off your shape and are not just completely straight up and down. If you do have a sweater dress that is shapeless, try adding a belt around the waist to define your curves. A great outfit would be a chunky knit dress with a pair of thigh high boots. It’s a simple yet fashionable outfit that can be worn for a date night or a casual day look.

The most important thing to remember with the chunky knit fashion trend is to keep things feminine and be sure that you show off your curves.

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THE DAILY TREND - THE BOYFRIEND SWEATER

Ah, the boyfriend sweater, truly one of the most important trends of the last season. It is an effortless and chic addition to any outfit. We are loving this deep v-neck olive green version by Splendid . Pair it with a neutral colored cami, black stovepipe jeans and high heel peep toe lace-up pumps.