We’ve officially dipped into December, which means settling oh-so-comfortably into a routine of opting for comfort foods and the coziest, at-home pieces you own. Just as likely, the go-to pairing of a sweater and jeans has swiftly worked its way into a daily uniform. While those second-skin turtlenecks and solid-hued sweaters may serve their purpose, there’s always room for slightly more eccentric knitwear in the winter weather rotation. Enter, the doubled-up knit.
What may look like an artful mashup of multiple layers, tied and knotted in the most perfectly plush way is actually a single sweater. It would also appear the internet can’t agree on one way to call it, either—see “tie front” “layered” “overlay” and “scarf-neck” as buzzy descriptors brimming on just about every e-commerce site. Nevertheless, seen far and large on the Fall 2019 runways, the humble knit appeared in covetable, reimagined forms: streamlined favorite Tibi offered up a tonal option while the eclectically whimsical Christopher Kane went for a deconstructed look, sewing extra sleeves in fuchsia across a cobalt-blue turtleneck. Consider this a two-birds-with-one-stone deal: a touch of unexpected styling before the winter rut hits and extra warmth during a time of seasonal need.
A sleek monochrome version will be a savior for closet fatigue. While a simple crewneck knit in ivory or black can feel drab after repeated wear, the doubled-up version carries a more directional feel. Just see Alexander Wang’s edgy wool number, which mimics the over-the-shoulder look, giving them a little extra coverage in a crisp heather gray. Similarly, J.W. Anderson’s adaptation works the tie a little lower down, turning a relaxed, caramel turtleneck into a waist-cincher. Adding a pair of everyday denim or wide-leg trousers will dictate whether the sweater goes to the office or drinks.
If the second-layer look proves to be a bit too voluminous, the scarf-tie iteration offers an equally laidback-luxe aesthetic. A wide, carefully draped style feels instantly polished while a skinny “scarf” evokes a ’70s-era aesthetic. Whether you drape, tie or let it loose, the options are endless. And if all else fails? Recreate the look with two sweaters already sitting in your wardrobe.