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Subtle Style: Quietly Detailed Sustainable Sweaters

So without further ado, some of the contenders for this year’s sustainable sweaters purchase…

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Photo © Victori∀

Photo © Victori∀

One of the parts of my wardrobe that I’m most proud of is my sweater collection: Over the years, even on a limited income, I’ve invested in incredible knits. Part of the reason I’ve spent money in this clothing category is that I know how long they can last—I have two sweaters (one mohair, one a cashmere mix) that I inherited from my grandmother when she passed away almost 14 years ago, and they have been in regular rotation since…and she wore them plenty!

The key to making good-quality sweaters last forever is maintenance. I hand wash all my sweaters (usually not until the end of the winter), store them in plastic/cloth bags with cedar blocks (I’ve had the same ones for 20 years), and never wear them two days in a row—knits need recovery time between wearings.

So without further ado, some of the contenders for this year’s sustainable sweaters purchase; for some reason I have been drawn not to colors (probably because the rest of my wardrobe has plenty of that), but instead pattern and texture. To the subtle things!

Photo ©  Micaela Greg

Photo © Micaela Greg

Micaela Greg’s knits are some of the most simply beautiful around, made with a very high attention to detail and a very modern eye by San Francisco-based sister-designers. This Diagonal Cardigan would be endlessly wearable; check out that almost tatooo-like pattern across the back—incredible.

Photo © GOODONE

Photo © GOODONE

This oversized Upcycled Aran sweater by GOODONE is worth of a delicious snuggle. Made from vintage Aran sweaters reconfigured in a blocky (front) and cheeky (rear) pattern, it is a knit that I’ll put on and won’t take off for days.

Photo © Suzanne Rae

Photo © Suzanne Rae

It’s Suzanne Rae’s attention to the tiny details that makes her staples interesting and this box sweater has both; subtle-patterned arms as well as body. Made in NYC, it’s a modern classic.

Photo ©  Lauren Manoogian

Photo © Lauren Manoogian

This Lauren Manoogian Boatneck Sweater might be the winner this year. I love its boatneck collar (very flattering for my face) and overall slightly unusual structure with dollman 3/4 sleeves. I adore alpaca (it’s a blend of alpaca, wool, and a bit of acrylic, so it will hold its shape), and the designer also creates jewelry—I always find it interesting when nontypical folks design clothes; there’s always something different about them.

Photo © Maiami

Photo © Maiami

The handmade-in-Germany Boyfriend Cardigan by Maiami is a little bit witty, with its super-exaggerated shape, but also totally wearable. I like the idea of wearing it over tights and a short skirt, or pairing it with a bra-top, long skirt and flowy hair.

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