These are THE sweaters you should be wearing in 2016.
Hey gorgeous! The weather is at its coldest right now! And while you gorge on hot cocoa (with whipped cream. YUM!) and macchiatos, I hope you’re also keeping it warm yet stylish! And to help you with that, I have made a list of the 8 HOTTEST sweater trends for Winter 2016! Plus I’ve handpicked my favorite 35 trendiest sweaters for you!!
Let’s check them out and see what to add to our closet and what to get rid of this year!
The 8 Sweater Trends of 2016
Top 2016 Sweater Trend #1: Slit Sweaters
Slits are very fashionable right now – be it in skirts, dresses or in sweaters. Anywhere from the longest sweaters with two-feet long slits to front slits to subtle side-slits is good, but my favorites are back slits!
Nasty Gal One-Slit Wonder Ribbed Turtleneck Sweater – Black
Proenza Schouler Sleeveless Sweater with Slits
Stella McCartney grey long side slit sweater
Rebecca Minkoff Vero Colorblock Cashmere Sweater
Trend #2: Buttonless & Wrap Cardigans & Capes
Buttonless cardigans, jackets, coats – all are in. The trendiest length in buttonless cardigans is anywhere between where your sleeve ends to your knees. Capes and wrap cardigans work just like buttonless cardigans, but they are covered in the front, and don’t need a belt. Anywhere from ponchos to capes, these are cool in 2016!
Steffen Schraut Black Audrey Cape
81 Hours by Dear Cashmere Cashmere Cape – grey Bobeau One-Button Fuzzy Fleece Wrap Cardigan
Burberry Color Border Cape
Acne Studios Alan Open-Front Cardigan
Ulla Johnson Marrakech-Inspired Cardigan
Trend #3: Asymmetric Sweaters
One of my favorite trends is asymmetric sweaters. I love the bold silhouettes that make a big statement!
Trend #4: Mesh/ Sheer Sweaters
See-through sweaters are having their It-moment right now. Be it cut-out, knit or mesh, sheer is great! Wear them over a crop top, a bandeau top, a tank top or just over a cute bralette if you’re feeling extra bold!
Trend #5: Sweaters with Trendy Elements: Fringe & Ombre, Oversized Collar
The other trends of the season like fringe, ombre and oversized collars are making waves in the sweater industry too! While I’m not a huge fan of ombre sweaters, I like hem fringes and oversized collars are absolute show-stealers!
Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini Wool Pullover with Fringing – multicolorApiece Apart Fringe-Trim Poncho
Dip Dye Fringe Sweater-Autumn Cashmere
Cusp by Neiman Marcus Ombre Long-Sleeve Sweater, Ivory/Black
Elie Tahari Brighton Sweater
Trend #6: Crop Sweaters
Crop sweaters had an even bigger moment in 2015, but they got a bit out of hand back then. They’re still trendy in 2016, and right now, the best length for them is right at or just below your navel.
Trend #7: Embellished Sweaters
Embellished sweaters are not new, but in 2016, the hottest embellishments include not just sequins – but also sequinned text, fur and feather embellishments, and cool graphics.
Alice + Olivia ‘Rosalind’ Strass Bead Collar Wool Sweater
Oscar de la Renta Long-Sleeve Embellished Sweater, Persimmon
Fendi Fur-embellished cotton-blend sweater
Dolce & Gabbana Embellished cashmere sweater
Lanvin Feather-Embellished Sleeveless Sweater
Trend #8: Graphic Sweaters
All our favorite designers like Dolce & Gabbana, Chanel, Moschino, Balmain and more have graphic sweaters in Winter 2016! The two hottest trends are floral and striped. Here are my faves!
Boutique Moschino Wool-Cotton Striped Sweater with Bow Detail
Chanel Vintage Striped Sweater
Balmain Floral Print Cotton Velvet Sweater
Dolce & Gabbana Poppy & Daisy Scarf Print Silk Blend Cardigan
Maison Margiela Mixed Knit Pullover
So which 2016 sweater trends are your favorite? And which one of these is on your wishlist? Lemme know below! 🙂 XOXO
Shilpa Ahuja the editor-in-chief of ShilpaAhuja.com, which she founded with the goal of inspiring confidence in the modern working woman through fashion. Other than defining the direction of the magazine, she also writes about fashion & beauty trend forecasts, industry analysis, and opinions.
Shilpa’s work has been published in the University of Fashion blog and Jet Airways magazine. She is also an artist, illustrator and cartoonist. She is also the creator of Audrey O., a comic series that represents the lifestyle of millennial women. She enjoys creative writing and world travel. Her art has been exhibited at Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Aroma Hotel, Chandigarh and been published in Chandigarh Times.
Originally from Chandigarh, Shilpa also has a professional degree in architecture and has worked in interior project management. She is also the author of the book “Designing a Chinese Cultural Center in India”. Shilpa has a Masters in Design Studies degree from Harvard University. For feedback and questions, please email [email protected]