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Every Friday we feature one of the garments from the magazine in a post about styling. We suggest different ways to wear the garment in question using mock-ups from Polyvore. We encourage readers to tell us what they think about these outfits via our Facebook page or Twitter, and if folks want to make their own outfits, please tweet them at us with the hashtag #twiststyle. You can find all of the Style Friday posts here.



Marnie here, trying to fill Carly's always-fashionable shoes. This week, I want to take a look at Alison Green's Smarty. The name was inspired by the candy (either the chalky American version or the superior coated chocolate variety many other countries know). Those clever cables intertwine in the sweetest way and bring to mind colorful candy pieces. But the name, Smarty, suits the piece in other ways. Worked, as the sample was, in a soft neutral shade, with two of your favorite accent colors, this could really be a wardrobe staple. That's what I call, smart. I love that the two shades used in this piece, are fairly close in color and saturation, but this would be pretty striking in two colors with more contrast, too. 


Front view of Smartyback view of Smarty


And did you see that sleeve detail? Sometimes a little goes a long way. Alison has an eye for just enough to be bold without being busy.


smarty sleeve detail


I really think this sweater has versatility. Worn with a pencil skirt and a button-up top, this is perfect office wear, and back when I spent a lot more time in an office, this could be in regular rotation. I've always been fond of a lot of black or gray and a pop of color, and boy, does this sweater deliver on that. In the middle and on the right, I wanted to play up the use of analogous colors. With the red and orange in the sweater, we can add one more color to the right or left of the color wheel (yellow and purple respectively) and get a whole new look. Either of these outfits would be suitable for day events and casual get-togethers with friends.


Styling Smartie


I've decided that any time Carly leaves these style posts in my hands, I'm going to post at least one absolutely ridiculous outfit, just to remind you all why we leave this sort of thing to the professionals (i.e. the fashionable), so tell me what you think? Could you take Smarty out for a hot date?

Styling Smartie

I don't know about you, but when the night chill comes on, I would love to throw something soft and pretty over my dress. Of course, these days, a hot date night is generally over by 9, but 27 year-old Marnie would have been all over that asymmetrical hemline and sparkles everywhere.



What say you? How will you wear Smarty