It’s sweater weather, and this year that doesn’t mean burying ourselves in voluminous oversized sweaters and sweatpants. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. But the new season is offering a sexy, polished take on knitwear and sets, with everything from crop tops with midi skirts to knit tanks and bike shorts. Our correspondent Jillian Tangen has curated a list of the best luxury designer coordinating knit outfits for women that are way past traditional frumpy loungewear for Fall 2021, including tops, pants, skirts and shorts.
coordinating knit sets for women are no longer just about slouchy loungewear
Thanks to the Great Lockdown of 2020, tie dye sweat suits and nap dresses will always hold a special place in our hearts and wardrobes. But we’ve come a long way since the early days of the pandemic and since then we’ve enjoyed a few other iterations of loungewear looks like tenniscore, ath-flo, gorpcore and even stolen some styling tips from Olympic skateboarders.[white_box]
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But this fall there’s a whole ‘nother wave of leisure wear ready to take our closets by storm. One that’s just as pleasant to wear and dare we say even more chic? Meet the matching knit set.
Coordinating knit sets of the kind we’re seeing in fall 2021 are nothing new. The ’60s and ’70s, saw vibrant-print tops with matching bottoms and even hotpants, while the ‘90s were all about minimalist matching knit cardigans and silk skirts a la Gwyneth Paltrow. Fast forward to the present day and thanks to the likes of Jacquemus, Cult Gaia, Wales Bonner and Nanushka, the knit set has been given an edgy refresh perfectly suited for post lockdown life.
Whether it be creamy combos of sweaters and skirts or more punchy flares and crop tops, the matching knit set comes in a multitude of forms suited to your needs. Need a polished and chic look for your next work meeting? Or are you headed out for a casual coffee with friends? There’s a knit set for you.[white_box]
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And if that wasn’t enough, you get double the outfit mileage when you wear any one of the set’s pieces separately. Though we must admit, we’re partial to the fully coordinated set. There’s just something effortlessly chic about a head to toe look. Not to mention, how little effort it requires out of our busy schedules. No wonder knitted sets are every fashion girls fav right now.
Ahead, 12 of our favorite knit sets of the season to inspire your fall wardrobe.
the 12 best coordinating knit sets for women this fall 2021
Nanushka’s soft pink Raw Cable-Knit Oversized Wool-Blend Sweater ($775) and Fina Cable-Knit Wool-Blend Pants ($675) are perfect for chilly days.
BUY TOP NOW – $775 BUY BOTTOM NOW – $675
2. wales bonner
Mix it up with the zesty Brixton striped ribbed-knit cotton sleeveless top ($430) and fishtail style Brixton striped cotton-knit skirt ($605) from Wales Bonner.
BUY TOP NOW – $430 BUY BOTTOM NOW – $605
Maeve’s Space-Dyed Knit Pant Set ($190) is outta this world.
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4. cult gaia
Leave it to Cult Gaia to make knitwear sexy. We’re loving this eyecatching cropped Brieann Knit Top ($158) and diamond shaped Hedda Knit Skirt ($258) for a date night out.
BUY TOP NOW – $158 BUY BOTTOM NOW – $258[white_box]
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5. naked cashmere
Keep it casual with a more relaxed look like this raw cut, cotton cashmere Lauren Crew ($125) and drawstring Karla Wide Leg Pants ($135) combo from Naked Cashmere.
BUY TOP NOW – $125 BUY BOTTOM NOW – $135
6. le17 septembre
Le17 Septembre’s Boucle Alpaca-Blend Cardigan & Top Set ($610) comes in a plush fabric and slightly oversize fit – ideal for fall.
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7. simon miller
If Simon Miller’s sunset orange Aukai Rib-Knit Tunic ($150) and Cyrene High-Rise Rib-Knit Pants ($170) set doesn’t make you feel happy, then we don’t know what will.
BUY TOP NOW – $150 BUY BOTTOM NOW – $170
Anthropologie’s Jacquard Knit Skirt Set ($160) is a lightweight knit that’s ideal for transitional, between season weather.
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9. st. john
This luxe St. John Button-Trimmed Tweed Rib-Knit Sweater ($895) and Tweed Rib-Knit Midi Skirt ($895) will surely become a staple piece in your return to office wardrobe.
BUY TOP NOW – $895 BUY BOTTOM NOW – $895
10. m.m. lafleur
Just add a blazer to M.M. Lafleur’s Carlin Tank ($125) and Finley Legging ($195) and you’re ready to hit the office. And without one, it’s just as appropriate (not to mention comfy) for at-home activities.
BUY TOP NOW – $125 BUY BOTTOM NOW – $195
LoveShackFancy’s Calantha puff-sleeved knitted jumper ($445) and Brendana knitted mini skirt ($335) was made for sweater weather.
BUY TOP NOW – $445 BUY BOTTOM NOW – $335
12. the elder statesman
Pair some white sneakers and a bucket hat with this Cashmere cami top ($450) and Continuum Skater cashmere wide-leg trousers ($1,355) from The Elder Statesman for the ultimate cool-girl trifecta.
BUY TOP NOW – $450 BUY BOTTOM NOW – $1,355
12 chic and stylish knit sets for your Fall wardrobe this season
That’s our take on the best designer coordinating knit sets and outfits for women for work through to loungewear for Fall 2021, including tops, pants, skirts and shorts. Will you be joining us in making this new trend your new uniform, dear reader?
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Jillian Tangen is the Head of Research at Dandelion Chandelier and a former Senior Research Analyst at McKinsey & Co and Analyst at Shearman & Sterling. She is an avid fan of Nordic design, having owned an independent lifestyle store and sales agency focused on emerging Scandinavian design. Jillian lives in New York and is married with three young children. She loves cross-country skiing, the New York Rangers, reading, travel and discovering new brands.