The Sweater EditOctober 22 2021
Fall is here and winter is quickly approaching so it’s time to break out the layers. Of course, the most important layer of all is knits. From a lightweight cashmere sweater to one of our signature embroidered kimono cardigans, knits are the cozy essentials from now until March. Plus, after last year, where most of us spent our days in comfy lounge pieces (with a few Zoom-worthy tops in the mix) the need for a few key knit pieces feels more necessary than ever.
To break down the key trends in the sweater set, as well as offer up our noteworthy styling tips, read on for our knit picks.
Every season we design embroideries that celebrate the artisan spirit and rich textures of layered stitch work. For fall, we’ve designed the Aviva Duster, a medium-weight knit with an open front, hoodie and drape collar. The embroidery features an all-over floral in pale shades with a classic meander trim, inspired by the decorative borders often seen on Greek architecture and design. When a piece is this bold, let the rest of your look be streamlined, like with the Carrie Pant or the Skinny Jean. For an added twist, feel free to cinch it at the waist with a rustic belt like the Paisano Turquoise Belt.
Off all the knits, cashmere always feels the most luxe. Derived from goats, as opposed to sheep, this soft fiber is lighter, warmer and stronger than wool. Every closet needs a simple cashmere knit like the Textured Sally V-Neck Sweater, which has all the stylings of a traditional borrowed-from-the-boys V-neck sweater but we added a decorative railroad stitch to shoulders and cuffs. Flawless, versatile and easily styled for the day, night, work and weekend. For something bolder, an animal print sweater in a soft cashmere knit, is perfectly on-trend. The Tiger Print Pullover gets styled with the Ash Jesse Pant for our October catalog and this mixed-and-match print combo is a seasonal standout and works with heels or flats.
Comfort aside, the versatility of a great sweater, cardigan or open-front kimono is what makes them a Johnny Was favorite. The Color Blocked Kimono, with its warm palette of fuchsia, burgundy and toffee squares features a streamlined design that’s tailored enough to go from work to date night. Another great 24/7 knit option is the Pantara Cardigan, which is crafted from a wool/cashmere blend that has an all-over floral print. Both open-front jackets could be styled with a sleek trouser or the understated Gerry Dress and a pair of booties for the evening.