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Holiday sweaters

One of my favorite winter staples is the big cozy knit sweater, and this is the perfect time of year to put them all into outfit rotation! Sweaters like a classic fisherman pullover, the time-honored cable knit, the soft textured angora sweater, and the sweatshirt are all cozy basics that are a must-have for the winter wardrobe.

I love pairing my sweaters with everything from colored skinny jeans (my favorites for the holidays are red, cobalt blue, and green), leather jeans, and skirts (loving plaid skirts right now!) and tights. The sweater is a great way to add texture to your outfit, layer over button-ups, throw a statement necklace over or wear an over-sized knit over leggings. The sweater will keep you cozy and warm all season long whether it be at work, bundled by the fire, or hunched over your desk.

And of course, we must talk about the festive Christmas sweater! What began as ironic nod to the ugly Christmas sweaters at holiday parties has transitioned into trendy seasonally appropriate holiday garb. One such sweater type that has re-emerged is the vintage fair isle print. Sweaters can be found in a re-imagination of this Scottish traditional knitting technique in geometric snowflakes, patchwork knit, Christmas trees and reindeer with adorned antlers.

Traditional fair isle is a knitting pattern, but designers are interpreting the patterns into prints on sweatshirts, cotton t-shirts, and leggings. When hunting for a Christmas sweater, look for fair isle inspired patterns like snowflakes, deer, and moose, or just an overall geometric pattern in Christmas colors. Wear it dressy with sparkly shoes, casual for a cabin chic look with a plaid shirt and shearling, or over-the-top festive with red colored jeans! However you wear it, the Christmas sweater will keep you warm, trendy, and festive this holiday season!

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About the Author

Alana Denham, a small town girl from Alberta, is making waves in Kelowna with her fashion statements, and people are noticing.

Denham recently won a contest to be the Okanaganista - a guru on all things fashion in the Okanagan Valley.

The contest to be the Okanaganista was run by Orchard Park Shopping Centre. As the winner Denham will be working on projects with the centre, writing a weekly column for Castanet and she'll have a guest spot for the Morning Show with Kevin and Sonia on SunFM to talk fashion.

If you can’t wait to get your hands on each week’s column you can check out Alana Denham’s website:

The Okanaganista will be giving tips on how to achieve effortless fashion, "buy pieces you love, wear what you feel good in and dare to try new things."

The views expressed are strictly those of the author and not necessarily those of Castanet. Castanet presents its columns "as is" and does not warrant the contents.

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