Fall's crop of Double Agents knits -sweaters that also work as jackets or coats- in camel or gray with big time chunky texture will add a hit of 'new' to anything in your closet.
I am always keen on the mix of a textured, casual knit paired with a refined bottom like the evening skirt and sweater pairings at Michael Kors ( above left). The proportion of Philip Lim's oversized poncho cum sweater coat looks especially great with cropped pants. It's the fit through the shoulders that makes this look slouchy and not sloppy. One of season's most coveted items is Stella McCartney's luxe, ribbed camel cardigan (right) which is clearly warm enough to wear naked. Just add heels.
After a little retail reccy, here are a few deluxe-looking alternatives with an off-the-runway appeal for a fraction of the price:
Stella McCartney cardigan ( #1) is $1095 at net-a-porter. The Leah cardy (#2) from Club Monaco is $149 and J Crew's tipped chale cardy ( #4) is on sale for $126.00.
Miu Miu's double breasted sweater coat (#3) is $1195 at net-a-porter and Ann Taylor's alpaca and wool sweater coat (#5) is 198.00. I tried this style on and was so impressed I bought one.