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The ultimate guide to knitwear this winter

Written by Fashion

With winter drawing ever closer, it’s time to put away the jackets and dust off your thickest coat (especially if you’re in Newcastle; that fluffy thing you wore last winter really isn’t going to cut it here)! We may look to our wardrobes and think we are subjected to a dreary few months of bland looking layers, but practical and warm does not have to equal unfashionable and dull.

Knitwear is nothing new, but we are constantly presented with fresh ways to tweak, adapt, accessorise and style our pieces. Headwear is a good place to start. Whether or not you consider yourself a hat person, there really is something for everyone. Both fashion week and the high street are showcasing the rise of the toque. Simple, universal and trendy, these hats are a go to whether it’s a snow day or a bad hair day. Close fitting, the hat will, most crucially, keep your head and ears warm and protected, whilst the upturned brim adds a sense of edge, giving this style its trademark. High end designers showcased these at London Fashion Week ahead of the winter season, and, unsurprisingly, the high streets caught on. This, along with the array of colours available makes the toque a really versatile choice.

“The knitted jumper dress, for instance, has been on the rise for the past few years, and rightly so.”

Within the season of celebration, your festivities can be enjoyed in style and sophistication, without having to risk frostbite. Your staple looks need not be lost. For example, we can convert the little black dress to its winter appropriate substitute, without losing any of the class, elegance or style it carries. The knitted jumper dress, for instance, has been on the rise for the past few years, and rightly so. With an array of cuts, lengths and styles available, the jumper dress can effortlessly take you from day to night, lecture to party, and stand as a showstopper on Christmas day. For a cold day, try a mid-length, roll neck cable knit, paired with laced strap/ buckle biker boots. An oversized, crew neck sweater cut can act as the most comfortable piece of lounge wear.

“For a more adventurous look, try pairing a jumper dress with a ‘seatbelt buckle’ belt on the waist, and thigh boots.”

For a night out, the ribbed sleeveless bodycon knit will make you sparkle just as much as the mini dress. What’s more, the jumper dress can really come into play for an evening event. For instance, an off the shoulder knitted maxi or cowl neck midi with a thigh split would work perfectly. For a more adventurous look, try pairing a jumper dress with a ‘seatbelt buckle’ belt on the waist, and thigh boots.

As fashion continues to push the boundaries, whose to say you can’t pull off a pair of knitted trousers? If you fancy a change from jeans or joggers, this winter is the time to try all things knitted from flares to culottes. And of course, the beloved Christmas jumper will be as prevalent this year as ever before. So, whether sheltering from the snow or shining at the Christmas party, your level of style will be much more reliable than the British weather!

Last modified: 12th November 2019

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