How to Dress For Sweater Weather in Calgary

Knitwear designer South van der Lee embraces fall by making her sweaters the star.

GOGO Flower Jacket sweater in the colour “snow” from the new fall/winter collection; rag & bone top, and Justine Clenquet necklace, purchased from online retailer SSENSE; jeans, vintage Levi’s 501; Saint Laurent Lou ankle boots from Holt Renfrew; gold necklace purchased at a tiny shop in Rome, Italy. Photo by Jared Sych.

It’s always sweater weather for South van der Lee. The president and designer of GOGO, the Calgary-based brand renowned for its chunky hand-knit cardigans and pullovers, has sweaters to suit every season. But, she says there’s nothing like dressing for fall. “It’s such a clean, cool, crisp season,” she says. “And wearing a GOGO feels like you’re getting a warm hug.” Her ideal fall outfit includes neutral pieces such as a denim shirt or black maxi dress, jewellery with sparkle, and a colourful sweater (a GOGO, naturally). When temperatures plummet, van der Lee layers a denim or puffer jacket underneath her sweater. “Most people wear their knits underneath something,” she says, “but I love wearing my sweater as the exterior piece, where people can see it.”

Photo by Jared Sych.

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This article appears in the September 2023 issue of Avenue Calgary.

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