The best spring sweaters of 2012 are lightweight, colorful, and trendy. They follow the lead of this spring's runway shows, which were full of warm neons and classic neutrals. From simple cardigans to lightweight pullovers, fashion retailers are offering plenty of great sweaters to sport while the tulips bloom. The inspirational list below is a compilation of the best neutral and bright sweaters of the season.
J.Crew's Spring 2012 Collection was all the rage at New York Fashion Week, and several of the must-have items are finally in stores. The Sequin Stripe Cardigan is one of the most notable pieces of the year, as it combines a classic neutral taupe color with neon sequins. The overall fit is loose and slouchy, with the hem falling at the hip. What really makes it pop are the skinny rows of sequins all down the front, which include pink, orange, red, silver, and bright yellow colors. It's the perfect blend of casual and fashionable, and it will work well with just about any outfit.
The Marc Jacobs Ponte Knit Sweater hails straight from the designer's 2012 runway collection, and it's an absolutely iconic spring piece. Featuring three-quarter sleeves, a ribbed elastic waist, and a rounded neckline, this cute pullover is perfect for a chilly April day. The color is a vibrant dinner mint green shade, and the fabric has a slight metallic glow to it. Pair this sweater with straight leg jeans, a high ponytail, and some shimmery coral lip gloss for the perfect spring look. Find it at Neiman Marcus.
If you're looking for a spring sweater with a little extra structure, opt for the Tory Burch Aldwyn Cardigan Sweater. Available at Saks Fifth Avenue, this fun cardigan could also double as a lightweight jacket. It has a zippered front, a rounded collar, and beautifully shaped slit pockets at the front. What's most interesting about this piece is the contrasting colors and fabric. The sleeves feature a fun print in bright goldenrod, the chest features a neutral diamond print, and the lower front of the sweater boasts a red rectangular pattern. It sounds a little awkward in writing, but it's breathtaking to behold by sight! Wear it with a simple blouse and a pencil skirt for a funky work look, or pair it with trousers for easy daywear.
The Michael Kors Wide Stripe Sweater makes a wonderfully snuggly spring cover-up. Made of super soft mohair, this sweater has a fitted silhouette and a longer hem and cuffs for a casual look. The body and sleeves have wide, alternating pink and black stripes for a bold look. The sweet boat neck opening adds a touch of femininity, making it perfect to wear with your favorite necklace. Since the sweater is lightweight and sheer, you might want to pair it with a camisole underneath. Wear it with jeans for an easy look, or sport it atop a miniskirt and some wedges for a more playful vibe.