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1. Minimize the bulk
In order to achieve a slimmer silhouette it's important to pay attention to the fabric of your sweater. Francisco suggests choosing fabrics that are both lightweight and warm, like cashmere. If you typically wear thicker knits or layers you can still achieve a lean look. As Francisco says: "It's all about balance." Simply belting your sweater or pairing a fuller knit with skinny jeans can ensure that your shape does not get lost within the fabric.
2. Revisit the past
Although vintage is perpetually in style, childhood nostalgia is trending for winter 2013. If you're planning on purchasing a new piece, Francisco proposes choosing something that "you might have worn back in the day." Pictures of animals and polka-dot patterns are popping up on sweaters everywhere. If this whimsical trend does not appeal to you, try a more serious geometric print to keep current.
3. Try an instant update
Rather than opting for the standard sweater and blue jeans, try pairing your favorite knit with unexpected bottoms. Francisco is partial to coupling an unadorned sweater with patterned pants or pairing two saturated hues to craft a colour-blocked effect.
4. Add some embellishment
Dress up a simple knit by making a statement with your accessories. Changing up your jewelry or purse is also an easy way to take your outfit from day to night. For some runway inspiration, Francisco points to the oversize shoulder-duster earrings from Dolce and Gabbana.
5. Take care
Keeping your knits in good condition will ensure their longevity. Francisco recommends taking a good look at your sweaters' compositions before washing them. If a garment has beading, silk or lace, the best choice is to take it to the dry cleaner. Otherwise, most pieces can be hand-washed. Get creative and apply a fresh perspective to your winter basics. With these pointers in mind you'll be well equipped to tackle our Canadian winter in style.