Words by Emma Connell
October 14th, 2016
As the temperature has notably dropped over the past few days, we can mutually admit it’s officially sweater weather. You see, winter isn’t all that bad when you think about it, the prospect of getting to wear the comfiest of weaves as your daily attire is something that should excite to the core. Reaching for a trusty knit on chilled mornings makes us realise how much we rely on the hard working versatile fabric. From early morning commutes to late night retreats home, knitwear is there to comfort us even in the most sullen of moments.
Which is why we have compiled a list of the latest knitwear trends that will be keeping you warm and on trend for every eventuality this season. From clever cut-outs to your basic cables knits, you have no excuse not to invest, as judging by our unpredictable weather patterns you will most likely be donning this look until late April. Shop the newest silhouettes that cover every price point to update your capsule for the coming months.
Your basic jumper has only gone and got itself a revamp for the autumn/winter climes. Clever cut outs were seen among the collections of No.21, Proenza Schouler and Baja East with miscellaneous holes peeping up in unexpected places. To avoid an over-show of flesh, pair this look with a midi length skirt or a pair of wide leg trousers for a more tasteful approach. If you’re prepared to spend, Zoe Jordan’s Galileo sweater takes the cake in a wool and cashmere blend or for a less expensive alternative head to Mango.
Although knitwear tends to trend each autumn/winter period, there is one stand out star among the pack that makes heritage look cool again – the cable knit jumper. Fashion house elites such as Gucci, Fendi and Versace all included the staple weave with a hint of modification to the classic Aran knit silhouette in their AW16 collections. For a laid back approach combine this woollen look with relaxed denim or pair with a satin slip dress for a more sophisticated feel. The queen of cool, Isabel Marant nailed the laidback look with this grey cable knit as has high street favourite & Other Stories at a fraction of the cost.
Turtleneck, polo-neck, rolled neck, whatever you choose to call them, make no mistake, they are huge again this season. They are undoubtedly one of the most hard-working items you will have in your wardrobe during the chillier months with their ability to hide a multitude and keep out any unwanted breezes all-at-once. The turtleneck trend proved huge on the catwalks of Sally laPointe, Valentino and Edun Choi, with emphasis on elongated necks in classic muted hues. If you’re looking for an investment buy this cashmere sweater by Barrie can’t be missed or H&M has an excellent selection to choose from if you can’t justify a big spend.
Update your summer dress with a knitted version for extra reinforcement during the coming months. With the ability to transport you from day to night in a matter of minutes, the sweater dress is a force to be reckoned with this winter. Victoria Beckham displayed a contemporary rework on the basic shape, while The Row and Agi & Sam kept it causal in charcoal greys on classic midi length silhouettes. Optimise this look up with sculptural jewellery and a heeled mule to create a seemingly dressier feel. For the ultimate splurge this winter, Victoria Beckham’s cut out midi dress is a must-have while Mango’s flecked maxi dress is a fantastic penny saver.
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