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The knitwear takeover

Wednesday, 10th October, 2018 4:06pm

One of my favourite things about the change in the seasons, and autumn fashion, is knitwear.

It’s comfy, practical, and with very little effort, can look super stylish. Come September, the basic white and grey t-shirts in my wardrobe all get replaced by their woolen sisters and I’ve been stocking up recently on everything from crew necks to roll necks with one or two v-necks thrown into the mix.

Gone are the days when a jumper was a boring item in your wardrobe that you paid little attention to; now they are front and centre in every fashionista’s wardrobe and it’s easy to see why when there are so many ways to wear them.

One knitwear trend making an impact this season is the knitted co-ord. It might conjure images of unflattering thick woollen skirts and jumpers but this couldn’t be further from the truth.

It has all the ease of pulling on your favourite winter dress but with the added bonus of being two separate pieces so you’re immediately upping your cost or wear potential and also having a more fashion feel to a regular dress.

It’s easy to keep your look sophisticated with a knitted co-ord - just keep the silhouette streamlined, so pair an oversized jumper with a tighter fit skirt.

Also experiment with different wool blends to find a mix that suits you. H&M is good for affordable knitted co-ords and currently has a burgundy roll neck with bell sleeve jumper with matching midi skirt in stock which has quite a fine knit and has plenty of structure.

Go for a bare leg and a pump for now, but this style will also go well with tights, boots and a classic overcoat when it gets a bit cooler.

The jumper and midi skirt is this season’s most popular pairing and it gives a great opportunity to play around with texture and colour.

One look I’ve already worn a lot is a black roll neck, which has been a go to piece for me on many occasions, paired with a silky green pleated skirt and animal print boots. The matte texture of the knit off sets the glam of the silky midi and makes it perfect for winter workwear.

For a more casual look, which still has a styled vibe, I’ve started wearing sweatshirts and hoodies with animal print midi skirts and classic white trainers. Again, it’s all about balancing out the look so that you have a nice balance of smart and casual.

Cable knits in vibrant colours also work well with flowy check print skirts and knee high boots underneath. See Victoria Beckham for style references on this one as she is the queen of this look.

Knitwear also gives longevity to your pieces so layer fine knit v-necks in neutral grey, beige or navy over your summer midi dresses or silky slip dresses to get another few months of wear out of them. I like to belt them at the waist and tuck the knitwear into the belt to still give a hint of a waist.

You can also layer your knitwear for the ultimate in cosy fashion and I find a fitted striped roll neck works well under different colour crew necks.

Wear with skirts or pop on over a pair of straight leg jeans and trainers.

When it comes to sourcing my knitwear, I find H&M good for the workwear appropriate co-ords and oversized v-necks. Gap always does a strong line in cable knits and M&S is great for good quality and affordable crew necks while Next has a great range of cute and colourful slogan adorned knits.

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