Back to Basics: The Perfect Layering Sweater

Hello friend! Every winter season, I search for the perfect layering sweater. Now I can finally say that I have found it! Hooray! It’s the Merino Rib Knit Scalloped Crew from Banana Republic. I’ve been wearing it constantly (with my cape and under my cardigans). Let me tell you what makes it so perfect.

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Key Points of a Perfect Layering Sweater

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  1. Thin: The sweater needs to be thin so that it can be layered! A bulky sweater just cannot work as an under-layer.
  2. Warm: We are still in winter, therefore the sweater has to serve to keep you warm.
  3. Stylish: While warmth is an important factor, we all still want to look stylish without freezing our butts off.The perfect layering sweater for all of your fall and winter looks. Banana republic merino rib knit scalloped crew review.
  4. Easy to clean: These days I am just too busy to go to the dry-cleaner. While this is the “perfect layering sweater” criteria that I am least strict about, I would still love it if my sweaters were hand or machine washable.
  5. Non-itchy: I don’t know about you, but if a sweater is touching my bare skin, it needs to be non-itchy! An itchy sweater will not work with my sensitive skin.

The perfect layering sweater for all of your fall and winter looks. Banana republic merino rib knit scalloped crew review.

Merino Rib Knit Scalloped Crew = The Perfect Layering Sweater?

So, does the merino rib knit scalloped crew qualify to be named the perfect layering sweater? Let’s check the criteria…

The perfect layering sweater for all of your fall and winter looks. Banana republic merino rib knit scalloped crew review.

  1. It is thin enough to layer. It is a tad on the sheer side though, so be aware. It’s nothing that deterred me from purchasing three of them. However, be careful about wearing a contrasting bra underneath it.
  2. Because it is made of 100% wool, it definitely keeps me warm.
  3. It is certainly a stylish sweater with its rib knit and scalloped neck details.
  4. Now this is the real reason I purchased so many of these sweaters: the are machine washable! Amazing right? That is so essential for busy stylish gals like us!The perfect layering sweater for all of your fall and winter looks. Banana republic merino rib knit scalloped crew review.
  5. Last but not least, I can wear the sweater without the need for a t-shirt underneath. It is soft and comfortable on my skin.
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I am thrilled with ending my search for the perfect layering sweater. Now I’m on to my next big mission. I am on the hunt for the perfect t-shirt, both long-sleeved and short-sleeved. I want something in between a crew neck and a scoop neck. Do you have a favorite you can recommend?

Current Obsession: Herringbone Ruffle Cape

Hello friend! As I mentioned in my winter kimono post, I am loving unique outerwear pieces right now. One such obsession is the cape. It all started during New York Fashion Week. At the Banana Republic event, I saw the Herringbone ruffle cape, and I haven’t been the same since. Just kidding, I am not that crazy! But in all honesty, the item stayed on my mind until I purchased it recently. Let me show you why it’s fantastic!

How to style a cape: 3 keys points for exquisite fall style. Banana Republic Herringbone ruffle cape review. Fall layers | outerwear | winter coat.

Other Cape Options

While the Herringbone ruffle cape is my love right now, there are plenty of other options for you, both in solids and prints. I am especially intrigued by this sweater cape.

 

Herringbone Ruffle Cape Review

Unlike what occurred in my winter kimono post, the Herringbone Ruffle Cape is named correctly. It is, in fact, a cape! Therefore, as expected,  it flows over the shoulders and only has slits for the arms. It does not have sleeves. Keep that in mind for styling purposes.

How to style a cape: 3 keys points for exquisite fall style. Banana Republic Herringbone ruffle cape review. Fall layers | outerwear | winter coat.

As far as quality goes, the cape is exquisite. It truly is a statement piece that looks like it is worth much more than what you pay for it. It is a wool and polyester blend that feels nice to the touch. The ruffles on the sleeve give it a cool edge. It makes me think of armor!

How to style a cape: 3 keys points for exquisite fall style. Banana Republic Herringbone ruffle cape review. Fall layers | outerwear | winter coat.
The ruffles stand up to give a fun detail to the cape

How to Style a Cape

Wearing a cape can be tricky! Because this outerwear garment does not have sleeves, your outfit sleeves (or your bare arms) will show through. Therefore, what you put on those arms matters! If you are wearing a long-sleeved top or dress, opt for one with fitted sleeves. A bold bell sleeve will compete with the cape. You’ll end up with a busy outfit that has no focal point.

How to style a cape: 3 keys points for exquisite fall style. Banana Republic Herringbone ruffle cape review. Fall layers | outerwear | winter coat.

Accessories are also important. If you are wearing a short-sleeve top, make sure to wear a pretty watch or striking bracelet. It’ll help to showcase the cape. Also, be mindful of the purse that you choose to carry. Shoulder bags look very awkward with a cape. Instead, go for a clutch or a satchel that you hold in your hand.

How to style a cape: 3 keys points for exquisite fall style. Banana Republic Herringbone ruffle cape review. Fall layers | outerwear | winter coat.

As you can see, I am thoroughly smitten with my new cape. This is definitely going to be one of my “it” pieces this fall and winter. I can’t wait to see how it looks with a skirt or dress!