The Cable Knit Sweater - 3 Different Ways!

By StyleWithinReach's Caitlin Moran for

White Cable Elbow Patch Sweater, $49, Miss SelfridgeWhite Cable Elbow Patch Sweater, $49, Miss SelfridgeCable knit sweaters are a classic wardrobe component and chances are you probably have a few stashed somewhere in your closet. You may think of this staple as dull or bland, but it turns out there are several different fashionable ways to style a cable knit sweater.

Have fun shopping your closet to create 3 new outfits with this beautiful basic. Here's how:

LOOK 1 : Cable knit sweaters are definitely made to be worn with more than just denim! Pair the conservative sweater with a flirty skirt. Try faux leather, pleats or a fun print. Try a longer hemline for the office and a shorter version for date night.

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Swingy Skirt

Pleated Black Skirt, $44,
Miss Selfridge; Aster Booties, $79.99, Sole Society; Deco Necklace, $38, Bauble Bar.

LOOK 2: Layer a printed button up shirt under your sweater for a pop of color. Dress up your jeans with a pair of heels for an edgier preppy look.

Slim Fitting Dress

Plaid Shirt, $19.99,
Target; Boyfriend Jeans, $84, Topshop; Christian Siriano Pumps, $24.99, Payless;

LOOK 3 : Get creative and make the most of your wardrobe! Throw on a sweater over a slim fitting dress - who knew your dresses could double as skirts? Play with textures and colors and make sure to pick a dress that hits near your knees.

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Plaid and Denim

Blue Lace Dress, $59.99,
Dorothy Perkins; Palma Pumps, $29.99, Target; Bejeweled Earrings, $6.80, Forever21.

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