Sunday was another beautiful day, so we decided to return to Banner Elk, North Carolina, to have lunch at one of the many restaurants offering outdoor dining. We enjoyed a delightful meal at Sorrento’s Italian Bistro.
Mr. Mickey wore a Ralph Lauren sweater vest over a slim striped shirt and dark wash jeans. I appreciate that his shoes are always polished to a high shine.
We stopped at the Mountain Home VA to take pictures so that we wouldn’t be rumpled after a long drive.
Each time we drive on this road, we are filled with anticipation of another day trip to the mountains. Even though we’ve taken this journey countless times, we never tire of it.
The hostess graciously seated us on the very private (and heated!) back patio. While we waited for our drinks, I wandered around to take a few pictures for you.
We shared a small delicious spinach pie.
This beautiful creek meanders along the way as we approach Banner Elk.
Today, I am sharing why I wear some styles of sweaters and would never wear others.
An endless variety of styles, shapes, fabrics, and colors of sweaters are available. The task of finding the right one for you can be overwhelming. I’ve purchased many sweaters and cardigans over the years without understanding why they didn’t work for me. I gave them all away, even when some of them were never worn. I kept buying them in hopes that I would find my cozy, perfect sweater or cardigan.
The cashmere dark blue V-neck sweater I wore on Sunday is my all-time favorite. It has been in my collection longer than any other, and I reach for it almost year-round. I’ve worn it over thin cotton shirts and with blazers and an endless variety of scarves.
I bought my cashmere V-neck sweater in the dark navy here. The slim shape, V-neck, fine cashmere fabric, and dark color combine to make this a perfect sweater for me. Additionally, the shoulder seams fit at the actual edge of my shoulders. It skims the body without being too tight or adding any extra bulk. All of these features flatter my shape. I wear almost two sizes larger on the top than the bottom, so I often wear a dark top with white jeans, which is a combination that visually balances my shape.
The Cashmere Crew above in the dark navy is here. I can wear this crew neck sweater because the neckline rests below my collarbones, but I would not wear the sweater below since it is bulky, has full sleeves, and a wide band at the high neckline. The features combined always make the chest appear much larger, even if the sweater isn’t bulky.
The oversized Stroopwafel crew in black above is here. If you have a long face and neck with a rectangle body shape and a small bust, this cozy sweater will be perfect for you.
The light color thick cable knit sweater below might be the worst possible choice for someone built like me. The light color, bulky fabric, and dropped shoulder seams would make me look thirty pounds heavier than I am. It adds visual weight with the cable patterns but also with the light color and bulk. Dropped shoulder seams are problematic for all but the perkiest figures.
The cable knit oversize sweater is here. Slender women with narrow shoulders, long necks, and small busts will look marvelous in the white sweater above.
The cropped boxy alpaca cardigan above is here. Since I have a full bust and a short waist, anything cropped and boxy is never a good look for me. A pear-shaped figure with a long torso and a small bust would look great in the cropped cardigan.
The open front cashmere navy cardigan above is a much better choice for women shaped like me. The open front and straight, narrow lapels make it a great choice for those of us with a full bust and thick waist. I never close jackets or cardigans since that would remove the slimming effect of showing only the front middle section of your look. The open front cardigan is here.
I bought the Merino wool sweater above earlier this fall, and it is the perfect warm first layer under blazers. The neckline isn’t too high or wide, and the fit is slim to the body. The Margot crew neck sweater in Merino wool is here and here.
Read the care instructions for your sweater because the fabric may require special attention. At the end of the season or as needed, I gently hand wash my sweaters and then roll them in a towel to press out most of the water. I reshape and lay them flat on a dry towel to air dry. When they are completely dry, I fold them and place them in a drawer with cedar blocks for the summer. (The cedar will keep the moths away.)
I don’t recommend ever hanging any heavy, bulky sweaters. They get very stretched out, lose their shape, and may even get holes from the hangers.
I do hang my lightweight sweaters inside out on felted hangers during the winter, as shown above. (The sleeves are on the inside.) The shoulder bumps will be inside the sweater and do not need to be steamed before wearing them. After each wearing, I leave sweaters to air out on a rack for a few days before putting them away.