The knitwear is usually good at the NAS and this year was no exception. It was great to see an assortment of silhouettes, fabrics and colours. There were LOTS of cardigans, which went down well with my clients. Fewer patterns and more solids this time round. Lots and lots of draping and fewer hectically oversized pieces. 

There was an even greater variety in tops, both knitted and woven, and again fewer patterns and more texture and solid colour. I had expected to see a lot more casual boho styles, but they were few and far between. Curvy drape, straight drape, asymmetry and comfort reigned supreme. I loved the resurgence of the pussy bow blouse. Thankfully, most tops had sleeves and didn’t fit like tents like they did last year. I welcome a good amount of structure, and I bet you do too.


  • Sejour Relaxed Open Front Cardigan (Plus Size): A fluid yet streamlined cardigan that works as well for casual as it does for business casual. The wide welt adds extra chic. All colours are fab.
  • Nic + Zoe 'Mixy Cables' Two Button Cardigan (Regular & Petite) (Nordstrom Exclusive): A fitted cardigan is a tall order, but this one fits the bill. The fabric is delicate and quite dressy. I vote blue or orange.
  • Classiques Entier Merino High/Low Poncho: A killer piece for Team Tall. One of my size 14 clients wore this poncho over a white Halogen button-down shirt with the black zippered Ponte pants from NYDJs - and absolutely took my breath away. She was a sight for sore eyes and I was WOWED. Very dramatic and chic. The style is genius because the drape is at the back of the garment only, which means the sleeves do not get in the way of doing stuff. Do not attempt this piece if you are small framed or petite.
  • Lafayette 148 New York Drape Neck Layer Wool Jersey Top: My favourite drape top at the NAS. The photo does not do it justice. This looked marvelous on all my clients. The architectural drape is stunning and the fabric is refined and dressy. I LOVE its flattering asymmetry. Adds pizzazz to a black pencil skirt or pair of work trousers. Runs big.
  • Pure Amici Cashmere Hooded Cardigan: Refined Cozy Casual. Works well on petites and taller gals.
  • Halogen Cotton Blend Duster Cardigan (Plus Size): An affordable dramatic maxi cardigan for Team Tall. Wear it just like the model or over trousers instead of jeans.
  • Chelsea28 Pleated Hem Sweater: A super little sweater that's all about the fun back pleat detailing. Best with a black camisole. Looks best in the blue because of the low contrast between the black and the navy. Super with black trousers for the office.
  • Rebecca Taylor Fringe Knit Cardigan: Boho Fabness. This looked better on shorter gals because the fringe hits them in a better place. Best on inverted triangles because the fringe adds hip bulk.
  • Lafayette 148 New York Silk & Wool Long Sleeve Cardigan: The photo does not do this amazing cardigan justice. It has a satin lining and an inner drawstring that gives it waist definition. Fluidly shaped. It comes with a matching olive satin camisole which creates a twinset effect. Good with the olive Irving trousers from Lafayette too. A very chic tonal combination.
  • Nic + Zoe 'Checked Out' Knit Jacket (Nordstrom Exclusive): A super sweater jacket for those with salt and pepper hair. Cozy yet structured. Runs big.
  • Caslon Stripe Sweater Coat (Regular & Petite): Bathrobe Fabness. I love that this super cozy and graphic cardigan does NOT have a waist tie. It works well on petites in petite sizes. Great for working from home. Nice in both the grey and tan.
  • Halogen Asymmetrical Hem Tunic Sweater (Online Only): A fab handkerchief hem pullover with extra length both in the front and back. Arty Chic. Great jewel tones.
  • Halogen 'Photo Floral' Cotton Sweater (Regular & Petite): Soft, cozy and pretty. The pattern does all the talking in this simple silhouette. Equally lovely in the ivory and black.
  • Leith Waterfall Open Front Cardigan: Another amazing piece that worked on 5ft 2 clients AND 6ft clients. It surprises me every time when that happens. Dramatic, cozy and well made. The maroon and dark olive are much better than the black. Runs big. There's a matching Leith trapeze dress in maroon and dark olive that looks AMAZING under this cardigan - again - a great modern twinset effect. The dress is short so best worn as a tunic.
  • Topshop Sleeveless Ribbed Mockneck Sweater (Nordstrom Exclusive): A very trendy and arty piece with dramatic side vents and funnel neckline. Looks great layered over a white button-down shirt or long-sleeved tee. Not good on short necks and large bustlines.
  • Sofia Cashmere Leopard Print Cashmere Knit Cape: Dramatic Cape Fabness. Comes in warm colours too. Perfect for very mild Winters.
  • Treasure&Bond Layered Shirttail Sweater: This is a great top but only in the oatmeal and plaid combination. The shirting on the other colours is too thin and looks off. The placement of the colour blocking strategically narrows the volume of the boxy cut. Looks great on petites and regular height gals. A little short for tall gals. Runs small.
  • Eileen Fisher Long Sleeve Ballet Neck Top (Regular & Petite): This is an amazing piece. The photo does not do it justice. It has a very flattering high-low hemline. Fluid but streamlined. Gorgeous drape and stunning fabric. It's very good over bootcut trousers or a pencil skirt. Also good with flared jeans. My clients did not find it scratchy but one of our forum members did. Runs big.
  • Vince Textured Crewneck Sweater: Pretty ink blue with a touch of hard edge. The side zipper looks best a little unzipped to create garment interest. Non-scratchy. Runs big.
  • Vince Superwash Colorblock Sweater: The striking colour blocked effect of this piece does not come through in the photo. It's grey at the back with a lovely back V-neckline. Fab from the side. A very lightweight sweater. Great for early Fall or mild Winters. Runs large.
  • Autumn Cashmere Fair Isle Sweater: An adorable cropped Fair Isle in a chunky knit. Lovely quality. It must blouson a little at the welt so don't pull it straight down. Excellent with skirts, high-waisted pants and culottes. Runs very small.
  • Theory 'Jodi' Cotton & Cashmere Short Sleeve Sweater: A chunky funnel neck cropped pullover that's slightly shaped. Best on a long neck and smaller bust. Beautiful quality. Runs small.
  • Eileen Fisher Organic Cotton Bateau Neck Boxy Top: A fashionable piece to wear to the office with a pair of trousers, heels and a necklace. Lots of great colours. Runs big.



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