Sweaters to Wear With Skirts and Boots

A sweater-skirt-boots combo doesn't have to be a winter look.

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A skirt is airy and flowing, while a sweater is bundled up and cozy. Can the two pieces really work together in harmony? Of course! The contrast between the two is part of what makes sweater-and-skirt ensembles so stylish. A girl who can wear the pieces together effortlessly proves that she knows her stuff when it comes to fashion. Boots add additional appeal to the combination, especially if you opt for heeled ones.

Combine Fabric Textures

The key to wearing sweaters and skirts together without looking too bulky or boring is mixing up the fabric textures. If your top half is more structured, wear a skirt that's romantic and "flowy." The rule applies to your bulky winter sweaters, too. Sport them with skirts, but choose pieces for your bottom half that are lightweight. In other words, don't pair a cozy wraparound sweater with a knee-length tweed. Your frame will be overwhelmed. Try the same sweater with a printed skirt that sways, tights and a pair of calf-height boots.

Layer It Up

Cardigans are great layering pieces no matter what you're wearing -- shorts, pants or a skirt -- but they really add something extra when you add skirts and boots. Ankle boots look cute with short hemlines, but sometimes you want something skimming your shoulders to complement the covered look on your feet. Try a print cardigan. It brings pizzazz to your outfit if your skirt and top are monochrome. Layering one pattern over another is a fashion do, but if your cardigan's print is especially loud, opt for something subdued and smaller underneath.

Sweaters in the Summer

Yes, you can wear a sweater with a summer skirt, but make it lighter weight than your fall and winter cover-ups. Try soft spring and summer pastels so you look fresh for these warmer seasons, rather than weighed down by too many dark and heavy hues. A sheer knit with a pleated skirt looks both soft and structured. As for your footwear, complement the more natural look you've got going on. Reach for some ankle boots in a nude color -- bonus points if they have cutouts or peep toes.

Warming Up to Fall

Just because chillier weather has arrived doesn't mean you're ready to put away your flirty summer pieces. A sweater's the perfect accessory to extend the shelf life of your warm-weather wardrobe. Wear a floral, knee-length skirt with a blouse and an extra-long cardigan that leaves just a bit of hem showing. Or, try a turtleneck with a black pencil skirt. You'll look long and lean from head to toe, and the effect is maximized when you rock a pair of knee-high boots.

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