Knitwear moves beyond the basics for AW17, with statement pieces serving as the main style event of our new season looks rather than simply offering warmth. From stand-out sweaters to the new wave of jumper dresses, we take a look at the five key knitwear pieces to elevate your cold weather essentials this season.
1. The Knitted Dress
Knitted dresses are often cited as a cold weather essential, effortlessly combining style with ease. Update your collection with this black knitted dress, detailed with semi-sheer woven sleeves, and cut with a flattering fit-and-flare silhouette. Style it with an embroidered clutch bag and finish the look with black velvet court shoes – perfect for after-dark invites this AW17.
2. The Star-Print Cardigan
The humble cardigan is regaining style traction this season, with prim-and-proper designs giving way to cooler interpretations of the wardrobe classic. Make a strong case for the trend with this star-print style in classic navy, teaming it over a simple top and jeans. Add to the effortlessly cool aesthetic with a burgundy backpack and lace-up trainers with embroidered detailing.
3. The Statement Jumper
Jumpers have achieved ‘it’ sweater status as of late, with eye-catching embroideries, embellishments and appliqués reinventing basic knitwear styles. Try the trend for AW17 with this grey marl jumper, knitted with cross-stitch flowers in soft pink. Wear it with dark-wash denim, complementing the lighter palette of the piece with a pastel-hued scarf and tan ankle boots.
4. The Fit-and-Flare Dress
Often reserved for office settings, the fit-and-flare knit dress is now making the transition into our everyday wardrobes – and it’s all thanks to a few clever design details. From its chevron bodice to its delicate pleated skirt, this charcoal grey style is a true modern must-have for both work and weekends. Team it with a belted fedora hat and classic white trainers for minimalist cool.
5. The Lace Jumper
Lace takes a darker turn as we move into the colder months of the year, with a focus on Victoriana styling and jewel-toned palettes. Introduce it into your knitwear collection with this simple black jumper, crafted with sheer floral lace sleeves. Style it with skinny-fit denim, and elevate the sense of drama with a suede handbag and knee-high boots, both in black.