Knits: Dos and Donts

Knits are a comfortable and wooly creation with a dual purpose: to warm and to style. The soft and malleable weave comes together to produce tops, scarves, sweaters, leggings, hats, gloves, beer cozies, slippers–and anything else you can think of–in truly any color or design you prefer. Join the many fashion enthusiasts that have already made this a classic fashion over time.

This fall, I went to the experts. I asked friend and yarn artist Toni Calabrese and knit fashion enthusiast Jeanine Carnaggio what their takes were on getting creative with the medium of weaving.

The Flirty Knit 
Toni Calabrese: A flirty knit could be anything from a skirt to a crop top, and everything in-between. Knit tops or skirts can be very flirty if paired with the right top or bottom and accessories. A billowy top should be paired with skinny jeans, and a flowy skirt should be fitted with a tighter top. Let’s not forget about scarves! As we know, a scarf can instantly dress up any outfit–even if you’re on the go.

Jeanine Carnaggio: Cowl necks are great to show some skin, but don’t drown in them because it can look messy. Oversized cowl necks wear you–you don’t wear them.



Down-to-Earth Knit 
Toni Calabrese: Animal and nature-scene themed knits can be a lot of fun, but you don’t want to go overboard with the print. A sweater with bright-colored birds is wonderful, but when you pair that with bird earrings, a necklace, and matching pants, it can become a bit overwhelming. Minimally accessorize with these types of knits.

Jeanine Carnaggio: Gentlemen, always layer your knit sweaters with a collared shirt. It finishes the look and adds class.


Helpful Tips 
Toni Calabrese: Something very important to remember about anything knit is that there should be a layer of fabric under the knitted item. If it doesn’t come with an under layer, then a camisole, tank top, or slip can be worn underneath. You don’t want to cross the line between tasteful and tacky.

Jeanine Carnaggio: Show your knit knowledge and add it to your fall and winter wardrobe. This warming garment is a smart, fashion-savvy, classic must for the coming season. Always remember, these are just guidelines: there are no rules in fashion and there never were–that’s what makes it so profound!

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