Hat and sweater season is upon us. But have no fear, bundling up doesn't mean giving up a sense of style. It's quite the contrary. There are some new trends in knits this year. Some we've seen before and some are sticking around.
The big chunky knits, like cable knit, sloppy sweaters and boyfriend cardigans, are as popular as ever this year, according to Davina Fansher, owner of SL Boutique in Savannah, Missouri.
Fansher and her daughter, Inphinaty Fansher, 18, modeled some of the boutique's fashions at Bode Ice Arena in St. Joseph.
Sweaters are taking on a variety of looks, from distressed and extra lace in the back to criss-cross patterns on the front, an homage to '90s fashion. The open shoulder, or cold shoulder, sweaters are always a staple and, now that it's colder, pair them with a long-sleeved tee under to add a fun contrast in colors and textures.
And speaking of colors, Fansher says Buffalo Plaid and floral are really popular, too.
"We do a lot of floral (pieces)," she says. "I just got some in and they pair well with a chunky cardigan."
Nearly all sweaters and the sweatshirt/sweater blends are hitting about mid hip. Fansher says it's a tunic style so it can be versatile with leggings.
"If you're shorter, some can be worn as dresses," she says. "I think they are very forgiving so you can just wear them and it's not form-fitting, it's loose and comfortable."
While Fansher runs her business out of her home, there is an SL Boutique booth inside Salon on the Square, 403 W. Main St., in Savannah.
"I usually reference it (SL Boutique) as a high-end boutique on a dime-store girls budget," Fansher says. "We want to look big city but also afford it. I love fashion, so it's just fun."
Customers can shop in the salon or join the SL Boutique VIP group on Facebook.