The off-the-shoulder sweater is the sweet-and-sour chicken of the clothing world: part bulk and warmth, part sass and sexy.
The off-the-shoulder silhouette is "feminine and flattering," says Emily Leon, a spokeswoman for American Eagle Outfitters. "It's a versatile fit for day or night," says Leon, and you can layer the sweater over anything from a camisole to a graphic tee.
Ya Ya cashmere sweater ($338), at Blush, 1089 Seven Locks Rd., Potomac.
(Julia Ewan -- The Washington Post)
The amount of skin shown -- from a peek of shoulder blade to full inspection of the clavicle -- determines where the sweater is appropriate: Christmas dinner with Grandma or Christmas drinks with a boyfriend.
-- Janelle Erlichman Diamond