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Any time the temperature dips below a certain degree, my whole personality begins to change. Rather than daydreaming about barbecues and beach days, I suddenly feel the urge to grab a fluffy blanket, drink something warm, and watch a Halloween movie. And then, of course, comes the fall shopping.
While I highly doubt I'll be getting much use out of jeans this season, there is one essential that I know I can wear from anywhere, even the couch: cozy, comfy, cute sweaters. My Etsy cart is slowly filling up with fabulous vintage finds, and I recently noticed that many of the options I'm digging all include a ruffled collar.
Courtesy A recent vintage sweater purchase of mine, from viralthreads on Etsy.
In many ways, this look goes along with my love of clown-like pieces — polka-dot prints, balloon sleeves, lots of vibrant colors, etc. — and after looking at photos of actual clown costumes, I realized my new obsession is literally a Clown Sweater. It's the same collar and everything.
Getty Images A nice clown wearing a ruffled top, similar to my favorite sweater design.
If this newfound love of Clown Sweaters sounds a little random, I understand. But in reality, it likely subconsciously stems from a trend that I've noticed on runways and fashion influencers. Ruffled-top sweaters have slowly been creeping up on us, and Celine even included them in its Fall 2020 collection.
Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images Celine Fall 2020 Runway
Clown Sweaters also tie into another emerging look that I love, the oversized collar. Earlier this year, pilgrim collars were suddenly popping up everywhere — mostly thanks to Ganni, which included them in many designs. However, with the help of a removable, frilly, or even lace option, almost any old knit can transform into a piece that's a bit more whimsical and circus-approved.
Matt Jelonek/Wire Image Ganni Fall 2020 Runway
Aside from hitting up Esty for these vintage, ruffled finds, there are also similar, more modern sweaters you can shop ahead of the cooler weather. Ahead, I've compiled a few Clown Sweaters — some more subtle than others — along with a seasonless Blanket Dress, all of which feature the same eye-catching detail.
Marc Jacobs Frill Neck Sweater
Shop It: $275 (Originally $550); shopbop.com
Miu Miu Sweater
Shop It: $590; yoox.com
Warehouse Sweater With Ruffles in Black
Shop It: $47 (Originally $73); asos.com
Philosophy Di Lorenzo Serafini Ruffled Collar Jumper
Shop It: $710; farfetch.com
J.Crew Ruffle Mockneck Sweater with Pointelle Stitch
Shop It: $80; jcrew.com
Victoria, Victoria Beckham Ruffled Metallic Ribbed-Knit Sweater
Shop It: $355; net-a-porter.com
ELOQUII Ruffle Neck Top
Shop It: $37 (Originally $75); eloquii.com
H&M Collared Sweatshirt
Shop It: $25; hm.com
Zelie For She Dreaming in the Clouds Dress
Shop It: $159; zelieforshe.com