You may remember a time when jackets, coats, jumpers and cardigans were the nuisance items you needed but didn’t want. When that autumn chill crept in and it was time to finally accept the need for layers, it felt as though these items were just adding bulk rather than actually accentuating your outfit.
Thankfully, those times have changed. Fashion houses and clothing brands now understand the need for practicality and style simultaneously. They want their winter wear to be seen and heard, rather than being the items you remove at the first opportunity because they don’t quite go with the look you were trying to achieve.
The first tip to making your knitwear a wardrobe staple is selecting pieces that enhance items you already have. Chunky knits look great with satin midi skirts, skinny jeans, tapered trousers and over mini dresses, while fine knits work well with A-line mini skirts, mom jeans, culottes and under items like pinafore style dresses.
Don’t be afraid to be bold with colours either. Muted, neutral tones are great (I own more camel and grey jumpers than I’d care to admit) but bright, opulent hues should be encouraged too.
If you’re worrying that your jumper adds too much bulk, then try tucking it in just a tiny bit at the front of your trousers or skirt (about the width of two hands) but leave the back untucked , or try a cropped style – they work especially well with anything high-waisted.
The great thing about knitwear is it continues to work hard for a long time. New styles come and go, but invest in chunky roll necks, cable knits and long cardigans and you’ll be wearing them year after year. Knitwear is a chance to be both playful and practical with your look. Embrace it – and stay warm and stylish!
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