The Latest Sweater Trend? Make It A Double

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.



Crew Neck Shoulder Tied Pullover



Colette Draped Mohair-blend Sweater – Yellow



Tie-front Knitted Sweater – Brown



Oversized Crystal-embellished Layered Wool Sweater – Royal blue



Octopus Tie-front Wool Sweater – Womens – Light Pink



Tie-neck Wool Sweater – Womens – Beige



Oversized Sweater In Rib With Popper Back And Scarf Detail – White



Tie-front Wool Turtleneck Sweater – Camel



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