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Unzipped: How to.. Tackle Indian Summer with lightweight knits

10.19.16

It’s hot, then cold, then weirdly hot again. I believe the term is ‘Indian Summer’, and it’s becoming quite a hindrance for me and my eagerness for Fall. But, should I really be complaining as I sit and enjoy the pleasant breeze outside of a quiet corner café? Probably not. So instead, I’m focusing on ways to dress for the varying weather and there are many. However, I always seem to find myself drifting toward knitwear pieces that blend comfort and practicality when you need it the most.

I feel almost as if some designers anticipated this Fall phenomenon when creating their F/W 16 collections, which is particularly true at Max Mara. With interesting pairings like knit shorts and long wool coats, it’s becoming easier to reconcile the obvious juxtapositions considering the unseasonal warmth. The proportions would probably be a much better fit for Spring/Summer looks, but Mother Nature is playing in their favor for a bit longer. Ryan Roche had a collection that was much easier to swallow. With neutrals galore, these pieces inspire a re-imagination of knitwear that’s sure to last when the temperature finally drops. The sleeveless floor length maxi would be perfect for now, and the cashmere overalls will be calling my name in a few weeks.

So what can we buy? There’s actually a nice selection of lightweight knits on the market that you probably wouldn’t otherwise consider. All of those fashionable, but seemingly impractical sweaters now have a purpose. We were all waiting for the perfect time to wear the ‘Portia’ one-shoulder turtleneck from Beaufille, and now here it is. Or splurge a little on the short sleeve angora ‘Star-intarsia’ sweater from Valentino. Palmer//Harding and Tibi have cropped options that are as cozy as they are modern; wear them now as is or layer them later in the colder months. As far as bottoms are concerned, I can always make room for a tapered trouser, and this season S Max Mara and Yohji Yamamoto Regulation offer jogger style pants that work just as well with tees as they do with sweaters.. the comfort never has to end.

This Indian Summer can be described as many things, but I find myself reusing the term “weird but cool” most often. Aptly, this term also helps to define most of the clothing options that we’ve been given. (In all honesty, it’s a bit difficult to rationalize short sleeve sweaters worn as is under many other circumstances.) The weather is in transition, but so is just about everything else on the home front. So while we wait for the changes to roll in, which they inevitably will, let’s just remind ourselves to stop and enjoy the weirdness.

Brands we love: Kéji Ruffled Ribbed Wool/Silk-Blend Turtleneck, Tibi Cropped Open-Back Merino Wool Sweater, Sonia Rykiel Metallic Striped Stretch-knit Top, Valentino ‘Star-intarsia’ Angora Blend Top, Beaufille ‘Portia’ One-shoulder Ribbed Knit Turtleneck, Palmer//Harding Open-front Cropped Knit Top, Ryan Roche Tasselled-hem Cashmere Poncho, S Max Mara ‘Afide’ Trousers, Yohji Yamamoto Regulation Dropped-crotch Cropped Wool Trousers

By Ariel Serano

Tags: Fall 2016 / Indian Summer / Knitwear / Max Mara / retail / Ryan Roche / Shopping

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