Sweater season

Nothing says fall like sweaters. Whether you prefer a lightweight, ladylike cardigan, a comfy, chunky pullover, or a luxurious cashmere V-neck, the selection has never been better.

After weeks of hot, humid weather, sweaters are a welcome reminder of cooler days to come.

Linda Gray, a sales associate in the bridge sportswear department at Dillard's in Towne East Square, says cardigans are selling well. "It's the 'in' item and our customers love to have the 'in' items," she said.

She also pointed out that wrap-style sweaters, or those with a faux wrap, are flattering to most women.

Retailers view sweaters as an important transition piece, not only because they're trendy but because they provide warmth as temperatures get chillier.

"A lot of our ladies end up wearing a sweater instead of a coat. They can just throw it on and go," said Lisa Reiter, owner and manager of Ann's Fashions in Normandie Shopping Center.

"We're selling a ton of sweaters right now because they're a nice alternative to jackets. A sweater is a must-have this fall," she said.

Some sweaters are rich in texture, others are basic but colorful, and some are embellished with everything from wooden beads to rhinestones.

Gay Muenchrath, owner of GM Clotheshorse in the Waterfront, says trendy features such as asymmetrical necklines and hemlines are showing up on sweaters.

"Also, there are tremendous blends so sweaters keep their shape, they're not too heavy and easily accommodate our changing climate," she said.

She reminds her customers that a sweater doesn't have to be big and bulky.

"Fitted or swing style, everyone can find a sweater that looks good on them," she said. "The colors are truly beautiful, and a sweater adds softness to your wardrobe."