Sweater Weather Style featuring Rue Saint Paul and Astor & Orion
Guest Post By JeLisa Marshall
It's prime sweater weather in Seattle. The cold temps, grey skies and rain drops lend themselves to a dreary yet dreamy mood. I recently went outside with Karen of Astor & Orion to capture the magic amongst the trees and last few rays of light at Volunteer Park. Each look features statement sweaters from Rue Saint Paul, a Brooklyn-based sustainable collective, and jewelry from Astor & Orion. Swoon!
CABLE KNIT SWEATER + BOLD SILVER HOOPS
You know the saying. Go big or go home. The Bramble knit is packed full of flavor. Just look at those sleeves! The thick cable knit and bold color is perfect paired with a contrast print. I chose camouflage as green compliments red. This intensifies the look in a fun yet stylish way.
Aim for balance when working it into your wardrobe. Think boxy on top, fitted on bottom - and play with texture. I grabbed a pair of slim cargo pants, but skinny jeans or tweed pants - especially if you're in colder weather - work just as well.
When it comes to jewelry, keep it simple. Add a tiny bit of sparkle. Since I am a hooper, I popped in the Anacita Braided Silver Hoop Earrings and, my personal favorite, the Amorra Evil Eye Silver Earrings. Cast from recycled metals. Insert: chef's kiss.
V-NECK CARDIGAN + CHARM NECKLACES
Bring on the flower power! The wild flower dropped cardi provides a lighthearted, colorful twist on a classic silhouette. Its loose fit is great for layering - a must for fall style. I threw on a white button-up shirt to keep it traditional but, if you're more of a wild child, feel free to go to town with prints and patterns.
The deep neckline is the thing jewelry dreams are made of... I stacked on a few necklaces for good measure, mixing gold and silver to create a decorative brooch of sorts.
Featured are the Good Luck Silver Charm Necklace, Good Luck Gold Charm Necklace, Evil Eye Charm Necklace in Silver, Evil Eye Charm Necklace in Gold and Wise Heart Gold Charm Necklace. Wear to amplify luck, love and protection.
GEOMETRIC KNIT SWEATER + ROSE GOLD STATEMENT HOOPS
You want funky? Say no more. The Millo knit does not disappoint. You can really have some fun with this one. I broke out the 70s-style flares and opted for a pop of color with double denim. Its cropped silhouette is suitable for both low rise or high rise jeans. Get groovy, my friends.
To highlight the bright pink, I put on the Dreamer Rose Gold Hoop Earrings. Love! The intricate designs work well together.
Whether you prefer show stopping or easygoing looks, both brands offer something for everybody and everyone. I hope you can sense the warmth and versatility through the photos.
Also, if you want to cozy up this season without sacrificing your style and sensibility, read on for more inspiration. Kelly Wang, the founder of Rue Saint Paul, shares her thoughts on the selection and current sweater trends. Enjoy!
Q & A WITH KELLY WANG OF RUE ST. PAUL BOUTIQUE
What makes a sustainable sweater?
We look for sweaters that are made of natural and non-toxic materials which will biodegrade back into the earth with minimal environmental impact. Think alpaca, organic cotton, and responsible wool with natural or OEKO certified non-toxic dyes. Sustainability to us also means respecting the humans that make the clothes, so we also look for brands that have ethical and fair trade labor practices.
How do you create your assortment?
We only support designers that align with our 10 sustainable values. While our values are strict, our style is anything but. We believe that sustainability doesn't have to be boring nor is it just just one style. We curate our collection to be happy, wearable, empowering, and for the everyday.
Describe the current sweater trends in Brooklyn.
Expressive and colorful.
What is your go-to sweater from Rue Saint Paul?
I’m absolutely obsessed with Millo Knit from Cras. It is 70s retro meets Barbie pink. Plus, it's made from 100% organic cotton!
Astor & Orion has an iconic Good Luck Charm Necklace as a symbol of good things to come. What advice would you give to someone who is looking for their "good luck" sweater?
Wear whatever energizes and empowers you ... with that you will manifest your own “good luck.”
Kelly Wang is the owner and founder of Rue Saint Paul, Brooklyn's first and only “sustainable closet.” Kelly created the shop as a space where her community can access sustainable and ethical fashion with more circularity. It is the only independent shop in New York where you can sell, rent, and discover new and pre-loved clothing from sustainable and ethical brands.
JeLisa Marshall is the owner and style consultant at The Stylist Way. After many years of developing products in the fashion industry, she decided to switch to helping people dress with purpose. She encourages her clients and community to "wear your values" and hosts events in support of Remake and sustainable fashion at large.