Knitwear designer Lauren Manoogian on the essentials of winter dressing.
New York–based designer Lauren Manoogian creates slouchy, oversized knitwear that begs to be snuggled. Here, she shares tips for easing into frosty weather with a wardrobe that’s equal parts cozy and elegant.
Which fabrics, shapes and colors work best in a winter wardrobe and why?
I suggest a neutral color palette that can layer well together. I have a beige, camel, oatmeal, ecru, ivory and light gray wardrobe and then a darker scheme of chocolate, olive, charcoal and navy. One has to wear so many clothes in the winter that narrowing a wardrobe down to only two defined color families makes it easier to get dressed.
I prefer cashmere and alpaca for sweaters and, for woven pieces, I choose woolen fabrics and heavier linens with a lot of texture. For base layers, very lightweight wools and silks are easier to layer on top or strip down to as the temperature fluctuates.