My Winter Wardrobe Essential: The Chunky Gray Sweater

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I acquired this chunky gray sweater way back in my college days at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.  It is a perfect piece for this time of year: it’s thin enough to layer underneath an overcoat, but thick enough to provide extra warmth needed for the frigid temperatures we will be experiencing as we power through the meat of winter.  Ginger Fun Fact: While in high school and college I actually worked at Banana Republic.  Even though my style as evolved to become much more eclectic, I still frequent Banana Republic for solid, well-made basics like this chunky gray sweater.

Today’s look is all about LAYERS.  First, I layered my chunky gray sweater over a black lace turtleneck by Valentino.  Let me pause here to emphasize how much I LOVE TURTLENECKS.  They are the most under-rated winter weather piece; they make everyone look slim and, despite their coverage, are incredibly SEXY!  The turtleneck is actually layered over a white lace dress from Forever 21 (though it appears as a skirt).  To make sure I maintain a waist with all of those layers, I chose to cinch the look with a belt from Ralph Lauren Rugby.  The look is completed with sky-high, gray suede boots by Brian Atwood worn over polka-dotted tights and slouchy leg warmers for added warmth!

Outfit Details:

Sweater: Banana Republic (Similar available here.)

Turtleneck: Valentino (Similar available here.)

Dress (worn as skirt): Forever 21 (Similar available here.)

Belt: Rugby by Ralph Lauren

Polka-dot Tights: TopShop 

Leg Warmers: Forever 21 

Shoe: Brian Atwood for Intermix (Similar available here.)


Photography by: Eric Wimberly,, Styling by: Ginger,

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