Colorful sweaters to wear now and later - une femme d'un certain âge

Sweaters with a bright future…

Colorful sweaters to wear now and later. Details at une femme d'un certain age

Around this time of year, I find myself craving more color and joie de vivre in my wardrobe. But at the same time, I have to be realistic. We’re still spending most of our time at home, so comfort and a low fuss-factor are essential.

I’ve mostly been wearing my colorful and patterned sweaters lately. They’re a step up from loungewear, and give me a mental lift. And as long as I’m not doing heavy cleaning or gardening, they’re just fine for hanging out at home.

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Colorful sweaters to wear now and later

Here’s a batch of fun sweaters with wear-now-wear-later potential…

Caslon cotton blend crewneck sweater in sky blue. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Let’s ease in with a simple style in a color that’s both cheerful and easy to wear. This sky blue sweater is made from a wool-free cotton blend, and is available in sizes XX-Small to XX-Large.

J.Crew cashmere crewneck sweater lilac purple. Details and more colorful sweaters for women at une femme d'un certain age.

It’s nice to find a lilac that’s a little more saturated and not washed out. This cashmere crewneck is available in sizes XX-Small to 3X (and a bunch of other colors too).

Chinti & Parker stripe sleeve cashmere blend sweater. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Chinti & Parker always does the best stripes! This cashmere blend sweater is a bit more spendy, but I’ve purchased a couple of their sweaters in past seasons and found the quality excellent. This one is also available with a navy torso, sizes XS-XL (I find their sweaters run small, suggest going one size up from your usual.)

Boden Kinghorne cotton sweater with stripe detail.

Boden is another brand that does some fun things with stripe details, and doesn’t shy away from color. This 100% cotton sweater is available in 3 colors, sizes 2-22.

Boden henley sweater with stripe details. Info at une femme d'un certain age.

And here’s a henley with stripe details on the cuffs and placket, in a pretty mint green. Fabric is a blend with some wool. Sizes 2-22.

Madewell tangerine print sweater. Details and more colorful sweaters for women at une femme d'un certain age.

The neutral background keeps this fun tangerine print from being too shouty. Sizes XX-Small to XX-Large.

Chinti & Parker star print sweater in pink. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

This intarsia star sweater is made from repurposed cashmere (fabric that would otherwise have gone to waste). Several of the color combos, including this cheerful pink, are 50% off. Offered in sizes XS-L, though some sizes are sold out in some colors.

Anthropologie piper eyelash sweater. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

I love the girly vibe of this hot pink eyelash sweater! You could easily dress this up for a party (or Zoom cocktails…). Or just throw on over your leggings at home when you want to feel Fabulous. Sizes XS-L.

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  1. Jill
    February 1, 2021 / 3:47 am

    Love these! Thank you so much….on this snowy day I sure needed this post!

  2. Mimi Wan
    February 1, 2021 / 4:26 am

    I never knew about this shop Chinti & Parker but I did splurge and purchase a cashmere star sweater based on your weekend post about the sale. Why?! It is waaay to easy to click and spend. Thank you, I think…

  3. February 1, 2021 / 6:35 am

    That Chinti & Parker is really good. I love their jumpers. Usually you can only get pretty plain ones in cashmere and they have fun prints. Haven’t found any I really want but I have saved their site. The bright fuchsia is great but a bit short for me. I noticed all sweaters are shorter this year. And I always loved it that the back was long so I could cover my behind. Having bought many jumpers this year, I decided to ‘cool it’.

  4. February 1, 2021 / 6:49 am

    Love that hot pink eyelash number from Anthro! I totally agree about color. I think it’s being cooped up with covid for so long neutrals, grays and black look depressing!

  5. Heidi Trotta
    February 1, 2021 / 8:25 am

    The Chinti and Parker sweaters are really beautiful. You are right, pricey, but if you only get one a year, that would be fine. These days I am only buying sweatshirts (something I can wash in the washing machine) but, hopefully, when the world is better, I will return to purchasing beautiful sweaters. Thanks for sharing this site … I have never heard of them before! I bookmarked the site. I did purchase the AG jeans you recommended in a post awhile back …. absolutely LOVE them.

    • Liz Bordeaux
      February 2, 2021 / 9:58 am

      Heidi – it’s worth checking out Chinti and Parker’s own Outlet page from time to time as well as sites like The Outnet – you can find some great bargains. A couple of months ago I bought a Chinti rainbow-striped sweater on one of those sites – RRP almost 300 euros and I snapped it up for just 65 euros!!

  6. Eve
    February 1, 2021 / 9:16 am

    I love the tangerine sweater. Love the pretty pink too. I think sweaters are getting shorter because pants waistbands are getting higher. I like both trends. I do need to layer I underneath though because I am short waisted and need the length underneath. Gives me a chance to play around with color.

  7. Rita
    February 1, 2021 / 5:28 pm

    The hot pink sweater has dropped shoulders, with the sides extending straight down from the armpit, meaning that the body of the sweater is VERY wide. I just returned a French terry sweatshirt with that styling, that I ordered from Nordstrom Rack/Hautelook. The style isn’t comfortable to wear, it feel way too loose and bulky.
    You have to look closely ate the model to see the bulkiness of the hot pink sweater.

  8. Rita
    February 1, 2021 / 5:30 pm

    My keyboard is doing a lot of typos today, it certainly isn’t me! 🙂

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