It's officially cold in the northern parts of the country, and the best way to really enjoy late fall and winter is to be properly dressed. Layering knits is a comfortable and classy way to keep warm. Try a sustainable silk camisole under a slim cut cashmere sweater, topped with a loose-knit wool vest, and I promise you won't get chilly!
Natural, sustainable fibers, including organic cotton, bamboo, wool, alpaca, cashmere and hemp all blend well with each other, so go ahead and pull a sweater on under a dress, or a shawl over a sweater, or a combination of all four if you're a denizen of one of the close-to-frigid states that borders Canada (not to mention Canada itself!).
Ivana Helsinki is a Finnish designer well known in the Fennofolk tradition (which embraces imperfection and the weird). Her haute pioneer knit dress is a real charmer that's hand-knit from local wool.
Z.B.D. Designs at Wal-mart
Wal-Mart sells this Z.B.D. Designs sweater that's made in the U.S. from organic cotton and cashmere. An ideal layering piece that will look great open (as shown) and very chic closed at the waist with a sparkly extra-large brooch.
This organic cotton large knit cowl neck from Scheroder-Falzone is a perfect layering piece that will work over a shimmery shirt and dark denims for dinner and drinks or over a long-sleeve knit turtleneck and a skirt for the office.
Stewart and Brown
Stewart and Brown makes some of the most luxurious sustainable knits out there, and their Merino cardigan is one of those pieces you'll want to wear all winter and into spring.
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