Sunday, October 13, 2013

Trendspotting: Intarsia

Right now I'm obsessed with Intarsia. It's a word that might not be on the tip of your tongue, but it's likely plastered across your chest this fall. Intarsia is a knitting technique used to create pattern with multiple colors so that distinct fields of color appear to be inlaid with one another [in other words, multiple types of yarn form a design that looks to be from one continuous thread]. Below are some great examples of the intarsia trend on sweaters: 

In seasons past, intarsia was mainly a fringe trend found on the runway and on the backs of the fashion elite - think fashion bloggers, celebrities and magazine editors - and as a result, intarsia was expensive and hard to find on anything besides those dreadful argyle socks. Today, mainstream retailers have embraced the trend, which equates to more democratic price points: along with the designer stuff, you can access intarsia sweaters at ever-affordable high street stores such as F21, Old Navy, H&M and Target. 

See the Bon Vivant and a Budget sweater buying guide HERE

This appears similar to the grey sweatshirt trend

As the days get shorter and colder, here in the Northeast, I need something cozy to throw on. I'm particularly fond of the intarsia trend because it's stylish and functional on those chilly fall mornings. What do you think of the intarsia trend? Would you wear it in an office environment? Do you own any intarsia pieces? Leave any comments below. 

xX Helene 


  1. I love the one with the face and the lips best but I HAD to google "intarisa" as I had never heard the word before :-)

    1. See whoever says you can't learn from fashion! lol... I like that one the best too followed by the one beneath it with the face


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