Monday, January 4, 2016

How to Wear a Sleeveless Sweaters

Hello!  I'm back from a wonderful holiday week.  My husband and I had so much fun Christmas weekend and with friends for New Years, I have so many stories and pictures to share.  I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas also.

For today's fashion post, I wanted to share the outfit I wore on Christmas Eve and talk about sleeveless sweaters.  I must admit, when I first starting seeing sleeveless sweaters, I thought "What is the point of sweaters without sleeves?  If it's cold enough to wear a sweater, you need the sleeves too!"  But then I read a blog post where the author said that blazers, coats, and cardigans fit nicely over a sleeveless sweater because you don't have the bulk on the arms.  "Oh, that makes sense!" I thought. So I decided to try one.  

I saw this pretty metallic sleeveless sweater on sale for around $20.00 when I was at J.C. Penney (of course, where else?).

Because my sweater is so thick and chunky, thus making my top half look more bigger than usual, I chose to keep my bottom very slimming by wearing ponte knit pants.  I bought these at JCP as well, but I can't find the exact pair on-line.

Now, I am not one to ever recommend leggings as pants, but these aren't really leggings, in fact they are sold as "Ponte Knit Pants".  The material is extraordinarily thick and well structured, so there is lots of support.  But, there is no zipper or pockets, so some might consider it leggings no matter what.  I felt comfortable wearing them as pants because of the thickness and structure;  I also had a long cardigan that covered my butt when I wore them out, but it didn't cover my front.

The cardigan I wore is old.  I've also shown it to you before in THIS POST when I wore it with a short dress.

I wore this outfit to our church's Christmas Eve service.  It was super cold in the sanctuary because it hadn't been heated for awhile so the two thick, chunky sweaters kept me very warm and cozy.

But when I was home enjoying a prime rib dinner with my husband, I did not wear the cardigan for it was too warm.  I was hot wearing both pieces indoors.

So after wearing my sleeveless sweater for the first time, how do I feel about them?  I think they are more practical and versatile than I originally thought they would be.  I love that I can layer without adding more bulk to my arms, and the sweater fits comfortably under winter coats and cardigans.  And I also love that I can easily "cool off" by removing my outer cardigan.  When I'm hosting a party at my house, I normally wear tee shirts because I get so hot cooking in the kitchen, and all the extra people and excitement in the house seems to raise my normally cool body temperature to very warm. I felt this piece would be very nice to wear when we entertain at home.

I didn't like the chunky knit, because I felt it added unwanted pounds to my frame.  However, I realize chunky knits are totally in right now and if I wanted to wear the trends, I just have to deal with it and adapt by balancing the heavy top with slimming pants.

I loved the metallic sparkle in the knit.  The sweater has a very open weave, so I wore a black camisole underneath.  For jewelry I added a long silver tassel necklace and a silver bracelet.

When I read the reviews of this sweater on-line, one person said they wished the sweater was longer.  I do agree with that.  I think if it didn't stop at the waist and extended to the hip line or longer it would be more flattering and look less boxy.

For footwear, I wore my tall, high-heeled boots from Famous Footwear (old).

And now,  here is some more ways to wear sleeveless sweaters that I found on Pinterest for your inspiration:

           Wear a slim fitting top under your sleeveless sweater.

                                  I absolutely love this sleeveless sweater.  The length is perfect!
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                       Wear a sleeveless sweater under a blazer

  Because there is no extra bulk on your arms, a blazer will comfortably fit over a sleeveless sweater.

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                                                Go Bare!

During transitional seasons like spring or fall, use a sleeveless sweater as a light, extra layer of warmth.  You body core stays warm, while the lack of sleeves keeps you from getting too hot.  Throw over a tank top in the early mornings or evenings when the temperatures drop.

Well, have I inspired you to try a sleeveless sweater yet or do you already own one?  I'd love to hear from you!

Have a great day!  

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  1. Great ideas! I think I like sleeveless sweaters with cardigans best
    Dresses & Denim

  2. Sleeveless sweaters really have a unique purpose and yet it's hard to find them. This one is a great option especially styled with other layers. Nice look on you, Amy!

  3. You make a really good point! This green one is adorable on you! It looks great with or without the cardigan!

  4. Great post! I love sleeveless sweaters, there is so much you can do with them!

    xx, Elise

  5. I love sleeveless sweaters! So easy to add a layer over or under. You look great in your green. Glad you had a nice break!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  6. Such a cute look. Love that color! Thanks so much for linking up with me today, I hope to see you next week! I'll be adding this outfit to the linkup Pinterest board!

  7. I adore sleeveless sweaters! They are great layering pieces or great on their own! Versatility at it's finest!

  8. So pretty! You look fab in that green, Amy! Love your tassel necklace too!

    Thanks so much for joining MY REFINED STYLE LINK UP!

    Dawn Lucy

  9. This color looks great on you and the sleeveless sweater works great with your petite frame. Thanks for adding your fashion flair to the My Refined Style Linkup!



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