How to Wear a Fun, Colorful Sweater with a Bold Message

Do you have a message you want to send to the world? Sometimes it’s fun to express your feelings or your passions by wearing a top or sweater with a bold statement.

pink talbots sweater

Lately, I’ve been rocking this bright pink crewneck sweater from Talbots that pretty much sums up how I’m feeling about life.

colorful fall sweaterI love how this cozy knit sends such a powerful positive message. It’s Brilliant! … Life is Brilliant; we’re all Brilliant!

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pink talbots sweater with jeansWhat do you think about letting your sweater do the talking? A cute message sweater is a darling icebreaker and a great conversation starter!

If you have wondered whether you can wear a top with a message past a  certain age, there are no rules. However, follow these guidelines to keep your outfit looking more mature and classy.


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1. Stick to one or two words rather than a long, drawn-out saying. A brief message looks more thoughtful, has more impact, and comes across as more refined.

2. Choose quality fabrics, and knits – This trendy hot pink sweater is cashmere, making it uber elegant and elevating your message.

3. Balance your message sweater with clean, dark wash jeans (skinny, straight, or wide-leg). I like the dark wash because it adds more formality to the outfit and balances the lighthearted mood of the sweater. Lightwash, worn, ripped, or very distressed jeans are more playful and junior.


pink cashmere sweater and yellow jacket

4. Offset the lighthearted feel of a message statement sweater with tailorings, such as a structured jacket or coat like a trench.

A third piece always dresses up a sweater and jeans, so another styling idea for this colorful sweater is to contrast the playful feel with a sharp blazer. I just happened to have this one in my closet from last year, and I thought the gorgeous tailoring added a chic vibe. The yellow goes perfectly with the bright fall mood, but you could just as quickly go with a more neutral jacket, like navy, if you like a more toned-down look.


pink statement sweater

Preppy driving loafers, (similar) pointy flats, or cute sneakers are perfect with this look which will take you from around the house to a fun night out.

pink talbots sweater and jeans

Words aren’t the only way to get your message across. Talbots has many other cute, colorful sweaters for fall that add personality to a pair of jeans. Now be brilliant!

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