• Isabel Gorton

Sweater Sets are Back for 2020, and We Couldn't Be Happier

Updated: Dec 4, 2020




If the early part of 2020 saw a reemergence of "matchy-matchy" in the form of coordinated skirt and pant suiting (a look largely scorned in recent years among more fashionable crowds), the final months of a turbulent year offer a cozier, welcome interpretation, well-fitted for those struggling to balance comfort and style while navigating a world with far less exciting sartorial opportunities.


Matching sweater sets were seen on and in virtually every television and magazine for the majority of the 50s. Fashionably prim, the look offers a quiet refinement that feels nothing short of appropriate in the face of today's uncertain world. Of course, what many do not know is that this trend was pioneered by Grace Kelly herself. When not dressed in extravagant, luxury designers, the princess favored the classic elegance of cashmere. Her preferred knitwear label, Pringle of Scotland, has even paid homage to Grace Kelly’s pioneering style through a collaboration with Tilda Swinton and students at Central Saint Martins. Today, designers and trendsetters continue to channel Grace Kelly with this look and many others...




PLY-KNITS:

The Jenny Scalloped Cardigan from Ply-Knits (a design collaboration with beloved NYC illustrator and designer Jenny Walton) is the perfect combination of flirty and sweet. This cropped cardi-cami duo, which features a sweet, scalloped trim and simple bow-ties throughout, is the perfect set for a night out, or a (COVID-approved) night in.




Guest of a Guest hits the nail on the head, describing this knit ensemble as “Inspired by the history of the classic twinset, from Grace Kelly to Cher from Clueless." An added bonus: it's made from dead-stock fabric, making it both sustainable and chic. We're still deciding which color we like best...


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Rosie Assoulin:


Labeled as the Thousand in One Ways convertible cropped cable-knit wool and cotton-blend sweater”, this set certainly fits its name. Aside from the versatility, though, we love the original cut and cable knit texture.










Whether you wear it shrugged off-the-shoulder for a casual outing or tied around the shoulders for a sporty-chic look, this piece is a closet staple.


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Reformation:





A modern brand that embraces sustainability without compromising design? Say no more. This eco-friendly brand started in LA and has since become a global sensation.







Their take on the sweater-set is nonetheless understated and elegant. Shop Reformation to not only look good, but feel good...


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KHAITE:


Cashmere enthusiasts, rejoice. This three-piece set by Khaite is designed to be both "layered and exposed."










If the thought of cashmere on bare skin wasn't enough to thrill you, you'll love the patch pockets and tortoiseshell buttons--little Old-World details we certainly appreciate.


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MANGO:



Of course, if you’re on a budget, it doesn't mean you have to sit this trend out. This Spanish brand has debuted a stunningly unique “Embroidered Flower Top”.









Mango has mastered the sweater-set by making it affordable, even when it competes with high end luxury designers. In a pastel honeydew hue, this style is enough to give you all the springtime feels, even in the dead of winter.


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Need more outfit inspiration? Check out our 7 Iconic Looks to Recreate This Fall


Photo Credits: MANGO, Khaite, Reformation, Net-A-Porter, Ply-Knits

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