For the fashionistas out there, fall is synonymous with opportunity. Wardrobe opportunity. No other season provides such range - shorts, pants, short sleeve, long sleeve, sweaters, over coats, accessories…everything is in play. In celebration of such, we will be featuring various fall products (not just from QED Style) to help everyone earn a seasonal stylistic thumbs up. Perhaps even two.
Why not start with the best hand we have to offer. The Brigham pullover sweater has been a top selling piece since it was introduced three years ago. Being involved in the sales side of QED, this piece is a dream. It sells itself. There is a casual yet elegant quality that makes the Brigham incredibly versatile. I’ve worn it lounging around the house in sweats, over a collared shirt at work and even as a part of my suit at a formal wedding this past spring. Not many pieces can comfortably pull that off.
Let’s get down to it. Fabric is a cotton-cashmere blend. You get the warmth and soft hand of cashmere yet the low maintenance of cotton. I’ve machine washed and hung dry mine for years and never had an issue. For best results, take it to your favorite cleaner and have it laundered. It will be ready to roll and you won’t have to worry about wrinkles or folding.
I personally like the tighter knit stitch quality. I can’t stand sweaters that stretch out and become loose after the first wear. The recovery in the Brigham is outstanding. This piece was designed to be a staple for the long haul, and the tight knit is a huge bonus.
The most distinguishing part of the Brigham is the signature plaid placket with snap button closure. A conservative solid body is complimented by a contrasting pattern up front and around the inside neck. Just the right amount of pop. I love integrating solids with prints, and the Brigham does this extremely well. The snaps add to its uniqueness and subtly tie it back to QED.
You will find me wearing a Brigham pullover and a pair of Parley’s pants or jeans nearly every other day this fall. No joke. Layering up, the near perfect fit would be the Willard reversible jacket. The plaid in the jacket intentionally ties in with the sweater. The water resistant nylon side of the jacket will keep you dry on rainy days. It’s an amazing jacket on its own but was designed specifically to compliment the Brigham. This wool car coat by Vince Camuto would be a solid choice. The wool blend and inset bib detail make it a unique piece at a good value.
Underneath, it’s an open canvas. Let the versatility be your friend. Bare skin is approved. Virtually any collared shirt will be just fine. A clean, pressed white dress shirt (any will do) will catapult this piece to another style strata. Combine with a color complimenting tie, sport coat and slacks? Cheers to you.