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Winter sweaters for warmer climates

Aly Walansky is a freelance writer and editor based in New York City. She lives with her two Shorkie-Tzus, Scarlette and Max, and a display of pink polka-dot-themed home decor -- not to mention a selection of flavored vodka. Check out he...

Don't sweat it

Whether you live in LA or Chicago, chances are you will be wearing a sweater or two this winter -- but you may be wearing them in new and different ways. Sweaters run the gamut this season, from sleeveless to dolman sleeves, to ruffles and fringe. This winter, it's all about detail, whether you really need to stay warm or not.

Woman wearing light sweater

Great for layering

"Knits are amazing layering pieces to add to most anything in your wardrobe from denim to skirts and dresses," says Sonya Consentini, T.J. Maxx and Marshalls style expert. Try a long, sleeveless style that features feminine touches such as ruffles or fringe. Another option is to pair with a long-sleeved tee and jeans for a casual look.

Sonya says a cowl neck sweater (like this one from Esprit) in a jewel tone with a pencil skirt or pair of classic black trousers is a great office style. Cardigans have gotten longer this season and feature fun buttons, belting and a variety of colors. Pair the piece with detailed leggings and ballet flats.

in winter and spring...

The best season to include a light- or medium-weight sweater is during the transition from winter to spring and throughout the spring season. "I think one of the most classic and debonair looks is a bold sweater used as an accessory -- casually tossed over the shoulder and upper back, and tied in the front," offers celebrity stylist Okera Banks.

a warm-weather friend

The winter-inspired knit sweater is ideal for warmer climates. This cozy knit is warm but light enough for warmer days and versatile for multiple wears with a matching tank. To get more wear, look for special pieces that work for multiple looks, like a kimono that works from day to evening.

You gain four benefits when getting more wear out of your sweater in warmer climates: A great look; the option of a wardrobe change during your day; readiness for whatever the weather decides to toss your way; and most importantly, more value for your sweater dollar.

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