Tricks to Elevate a Simple Sweater

Hi lovelies! Sweaters don’t have to be the big comfy thing you throw on over leggings when there is nothing else to wear and it’s raining outside. In fact with a few simple accessories you can take an otherwise plain sweater and create a super chic look. Remember when I tossed out the fashion rule of not wearing white after Labor Day? Well I’m breaking rules again and wearing black and brown together. Who says black and brown can’t mix?! I love this color combination because with the right accents it reminds me of the beauty of fall and brings out so many lovely earth tones. Read on to see how I elevated this simple sweater!


My sweater is actually a cowl neck sweater that I got for a great deal during the Fall Nordstrom Sale. I tied the ends of my Pashima scarf together and looped it to give the illusion of an infinity scarf. By wrapping a scarf around my neck I was able to add some color and dimension to the outfit. OK, so maybe not “color,” but brown is a color too, am I right? I think it’s a completely underrated color that doesn’t get enough love! You can easily re-create this same look with any color of scarf you want to add extra pop to your outfit!



I added my brown boots to accent the brown in the scarf. This gives the look some uniformity so that the brown doesn’t look out of place! If you’re lucky enough like me, you’ll have the right bag to tie in all three colors. This bag was a gift from my mom!



Finally, when working with plain colors or simple outfits, I love to add sparkle to elevate the look. The best way to do that is through jewelry. These Anthropologie earrings are such a unique piece and I keep finding fun ways to incorporate them into my outfits.It’s amazing what a little bit of sparkle can do for an outfit!


Keep smiling!missMollyHeader



Molly Lawson

I’m Molly Lawson! I live in Seattle and am an optimist, adventurer, and bold lipstick wearer. I created this space to inspire and empower women with words of encouragement known as #MollysWords and share inspiration through my personal style. I always want my readers to leave with a smile and I hope you do!

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  1. November 5, 2015 / 7:53 pm

    I love all the details and the scenery! You look amazing and gorgeous as always, you always bring a smile to my face. Hugs, Kait

    • November 9, 2015 / 9:15 pm

      Thank you Kait! I am so glad to share my smile with you! You are so kind and are beautiful inside and out!

      Keep smiling!

  2. November 5, 2015 / 9:47 pm

    I have to say this is probably my favorite look ever ! You look gorgeous !
    Happy Almost Friday!

    • November 9, 2015 / 9:17 pm

      Thank you Victoria! It’s totally wearable for everyone and would look great on you!

      Keep smiling!

  3. November 6, 2015 / 7:31 am

    I’m in love with this post and that sweater! You are so stylish! I LOVE IT!!

    • November 9, 2015 / 9:19 pm

      Thank you SO much Holly! You are such a stylish babe yourself!

      Keep smiling!

  4. November 6, 2015 / 8:51 am

    Great tips to make simple sweater chic.
    You look gorgeous as always.
    I loved you bag . 😍
    Hope you have lovely day ahead

    • November 9, 2015 / 9:23 pm

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the tips lovely! You can totally make this look work for you. Have a great week!

      Keep smiling!

  5. November 8, 2015 / 11:11 am

    Brown is definitely an underrated colour! I simply love how you mixed the colours and how all the little details came together. You look beautiful.
    Hope you are having a great weekend.
    xo, Josie

    • November 9, 2015 / 9:24 pm

      I’m so glad you feel the same way about brown as I do! Let’s start bringing it back 😉

      Keep smiling!

  6. November 8, 2015 / 7:10 pm

    Molly I absolutely love this look! I will have to add this combo on my wardrobe. Love the purse you have on this photo, I suppose it is not to early to start my Christmas list. LOL. Have a wonderful week hun!
    – Robin Lee

    • November 9, 2015 / 9:26 pm

      Robin you simply HAVE to try this combination out! It’s so warm and cozy! and Yes, never too early to start your Christmas list. I think I started mine New years day! 😉 Haha!

      Keep smiling lovely!

  7. November 9, 2015 / 6:51 pm

    You look so lovely in this outfit! Those boots, earrings, and a hat completely changed the look of this cute sweater. Thumbs up on styling this outfit!

    • November 9, 2015 / 9:26 pm

      Thank you so much! It’s amazing what a few accessories can do for one article of clothing!


    • November 15, 2015 / 1:17 am

      Thank you! I love cozy fall looks too!

      🙂 Molly

  8. November 23, 2015 / 6:01 pm

    I really love black and brown together! And you have mastered this look Molly! This is definitely one of my fav looks of yours and these photos are so perfect. I’m literally obsessed with ur bag

    • November 23, 2015 / 10:54 pm

      Thank you! This is one of my favorites too! Black and brown can definitely go together even though I used to be so set against it in my younger and inexperienced days!

      🙂 Molly

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