Sweater Tops: The Most Wearable Fashion Trend Of 2014

Sweater Top

 

There are many versatile pieces that spring to mind when picturing the contents of our wardrobes: cardigans, long-sleeved tops, the loyal friend that is your favourite pair of jeans, perhaps. However, nothing screams “multipurpose” like sweater tops do. Sweater tops have the ability to transform themselves according to your needs; combine one with an elegant skirt or those trusty jeans; wear under a jacket or over a dress.

As well as being very easy to pair with other pieces, sweater tops are also a very practical item to which you can always turn when the temperatures aren’t in your favor. Think Glastonbury, or any other festival for that matter. Throw one on to cover up and you’ll immediately feel boho-chic. Barbecues, balmy evenings drinking sangria on the balcony, early evening walks; sweater tops will be your go-to item this season when there’s a cool breeze in the air.

They are also a key top for the whole year, taking you through autumn and winter. Sweater tops will be your must-have party piece when paired with some killer heels or striking jewellery; they’ll ooze understated glamour like no cardigan ever could. Similarly, dress them down with some boots or stylish trainers and you’ll look effortlessly stylish.

There’s more than a fair share of celebs who have embraced the sweater top trend recently, too. Miranda Kerr is a fan of the laid-back look, pairing hers with denim shorts and suede ankle boots, whereas Olivia Palermo glams hers up with leather trousers, a fur vest and burgundy boots. Sofia Coppola loves her sweater tops so much she wore her striped-design on the red carpet recently with skinny trousers and open-toed heels.

However you choose to wear them, sweater tops are guaranteed to be the shining star of your wardrobe this summer – and throughout the year. Watch this space this autumn… V and V are putting the final touches to our exclusive sweater tops (made in the UK) that you won’t be able to resist.

 

Summer Sparkle

From barely-there glimmer to full-on shimmer, summers are made for sparkling. Julien Macdonald recently claimed: “there’s no such thing as too much sparkle or too much glitter”. Do you agree?

Like with any women’s fashion statement, the amount you sparkle is entirely up to you. You don’t always need to look like you’re about to step onto the Strictly Come Dancing stage. Sparkle can come in the form of accessories, shoes, little details on a blouse or – if you so wish – a floor-length sparkling gown.

Similarly, sparkle can come in any colour. For toned-down glamour, how about a neutral colour palette? This way, you’ll let the sequins do the talking. For evening chic, try black or grey.

Sparkle inspiration can also come from a variety of sources. Julien recently explained that the sequins found on the runway at his Spring/Summer ’14 show came from Morocco. He was inspired by the architecture, the textiles and all the glamorous people in their incredible gowns and kaftans. His catwalk sparkle was given colour from crystals and faceted sequins and, unsurprisingly, his garments revealed a lot of skin. “It’s the summer”, he said, “why not”? How much you dare to bare, of course, is your decision.

Here at V&V, we love sparkle in the form of embellishment. Even casual or sporty pieces can carry some embellishment in order to give a garment a touch of evening sophistication. Hints of sparkle can enrich our wardrobes, turning something plain into something plain amazing.

We all know that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but we also like sparkle created by facet beads. Our signature Sama Tunic in black or grey is a perfect example of pure elegance created by this 3D textural effect.

Similarly, our statement Midas Blouse is the ideal option for after-dark allure, designed for dressing down with jeans or dressing up with our Tulip Skirt. The blouse is made from chiffon and has a sequin front with a fully-lined bodice and sheer long sleeves. Naturally, the blouse is given the V&V signature touch with a chunky gold zip at the back.

For more designer women’s fashion items, take a look at the rest of our stunning collection. When you wear something special, you’ll sparkle on the inside, too.