Autumn Winter Knitwear
Get cosy for Autumn with Elle UK's Fashion Editor Billie Bhatia and Marie Claire Penny Goldstone.
The knitwear pieces that will update your wardrobe for AW17 Ticking all the right trend boxes for the new season.
Investing in some new knitwear is arguable the most exciting bit when it comes to transitioning your wardrobe into autumn/winter. Is there a better feeling than wrapping yourself up in a chunky knit, ready to take on those crisp mornings? And trust us, there’s no reason you can’t be comfortable and stylish, as long as you pick up one of the key pieces below.
The Perfect Cashmere Jumper
Nothing says luxe like a great cashmere jumper. But if you’re going to do it, do it well. Go for a 100% cashmere jumper rather than mixed fabrics, as it won’t feel the same and it won’t last as long.
For a catwalk-worthy look, try a slouchy high neck style, worn over satin wide leg trousers or silk and lace pencil skirt. That said, it’s easy to dress down cashmere too, the key is to toughen it up with bolder fabrics like distressed denim or leather.
The Oversized Chunky Knit
On the catwalks of New York, London, Milan and Paris, designers like Kenzo, Victoria Beckham and Chanel embraced exaggerated and oversized proportions, whether it was coats, suits or dresses for AW17 – which is rather excellent news if you’re not into clingy and fitted numbers.
The easiest way to dip into the trend is to invest in an oversized chunky knit that’ll go with pretty much everything else in your wardrobe. The trick is to balance things out. Wearing a chunky knit with baggy trousers might slouch your figure a bit, so why not pair it with cropped corduroy trousers instead?
When it comes to shades, anything goes, and with this season’s offerings of rich reds, deep purples and mossy emeralds, it would be a shame not to add a pop of colour to your wardrobe.
The Hygge Jumper
Scandi style isn’t going away any time soon, so you might as well embrace it, plus it’s just the ticket if you’re a colour-phobe, as it’s all about muted shades of grey and beige. For a slightly more British take on the trend, try a Fairisle jumper, with a traditional blue or brown pattern on cream background. You can add a catwalk twist by teaming it with checked trousers. Who said you can’t mix prints?
The Elevated Street Buy
Utilitarian shapes and 70s street elements at Versace, Public School and Celine, firmly put street style back on the sartorial map, and we’re all for it. Less is definitely more here, so you’re encouraged to dress this trend down. Think a khaki knit with pocket detail with slacks and white trainers, or a 70s-inspired zip-up ribbed jumper with high waisted jeans and chunky ankle boots.
The Party Piece
Go bold or go home completely applies to this party season’s fashion offerings. Take heed from Miu Miu, Saint Laurent and Balmain where disco vibes exuded from the catwalk. As such, your jumpers should be embellished (whether it’s with sequins, tassels or studs is completely your choice), and should be worn with equally dazzling skirts or trousers. Naturally, black will always have its place at cocktail hour, but do inject a bit of metallic colour with greens, golds and silvers. Because if you can’t be bold during party season, when can you?