By ROBIN CAUDELL
---- — PLATTSBURGH — It’s the season for sweaters, and if you’re gifting or are just being good to yourself, local stores are packed with selections.
Jacket-style and unconstructed, flowy sweaters — with or without belts — are a must-buy.
“I’m seeing a lot of colorful sweaters,” said Peg Tucker of Fashion Exchange in Plattsburgh.
“People are trying to stay away from gray. I’m seeing people look for longer sweaters. Most people find them more comfortable.”
Sweaters with bling, a little or lot, with eye-catching sequins, beads and glitter is hot.
For attendance at any holiday Turkey Curry Buffet, a Quacker Factory aqua sweater with a snowflake accent can keep pace with Mark Darcy’s reindeer jumper of “Bridget Jones’s Diary” fame.
Tucker cannot keep them in stock since people purchase them for ugly Christmas-sweater parties.
“I take any Christmas sweaters. A lot of sweaters have a little bling for the holidays, a little sparkle,” she said.
Sweaters in fall’s jewel tones fly off the rack, as do Dale of Norway sweaters usually sold in touristy ski areas
“They run from $350 to $250. They are beautiful sweaters. People who know them, know them. I sell them for $46,” Tucker said.
Tea-length sweaters, knit dresses and cardigans await purchase in What’s in Store? in Champlain.
“We have a lot of knit dresses — a brown cable one; a nice, long gray two-button sweater; a cream and black one,” said Cricket Connelly of What’s in Store?
“A red one has knit ruffles down the front that are waist length. We have some really cute brown ones. At the waist, it ties and there is a small ruffle.”
A lightweight brown cardigan is a layering option.
“A neutral tone — they go with everything,” Connelly said. “There’s a green sweater with a fur collar, a little more eclectic. Purple and teal are popular. We also have some knit turtlenecks.”
Sweater dresses are fast sellers at DressCode in Plattsburgh.
“A longer sweater, whether it’s button-up or pullover because they wear it with leggings,” said Julie Woodley of DressCode.
Teens are taken with echoes of Bill Cosby geometric-patterned sweaters.
“Cowl necks are huge, so is a great big neck, anything sparkly for the holidays,” Woodley said.
Sweaters with sparkle or in gray and mustard yellow are top sellers.
“Winter white is a real nice color that gets overlooked. Brown is a popular color. Lime green or a bright aqua, that’s fun in the winter. Leggings are huge. Boots, leggings and a long sweater is huge. Layering, that’s a big one,” she said.
As for the quest for the ultimate ugly Christmas sweater?
“I almost sold every one,” Woodley said. “They’re huge.”
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