With winter just around the corner, my current wish lists are made up of cozy cable-knits, ribbed turtlenecks, and cashmere sweaters—basically anything that will prevent those icy chills. But big, chunky sweaters and thicker layers aren’t always easy to pull off, and I don’t want to end up looking like a yeti, the Marshmallow Man in Ghostbusters, or Joey in that scene from Friends when he wears all of Chandler’s clothes.
When it comes to knitwear, the French seem to have a knack for making it look more stylish than most. Perhaps it’s the way they style it or the way it falls nonchalantly (or is it effortlessly) off their shoulders. Whichever it is, there is a thing or two to be learned. After all, French women are single-handedly responsible for making the cardigan sexy, despite it being invented in the 19th century by the Earl of Cardigan, who was obviously a man and a Brit.
Here are my top tips on donning heavier layers that I’ve borrowed from the French, so you can stay warm without sacrificing style.