How To Elevate Your Knitwear Basics

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

Wendy Woven Sleeve Dress, £59 | Embroidered Pouch, £25 | Velvet Vamp Court, £55

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

Sierra Star Print Cardigan, £49 | Rosa Ring Backpack, £29 | Erica Embroidered Trainers, £49

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

Courtney Cross Stitch Rose Jumper, £49 | Olivia Occasion Scarf, £25 | Bella Bow Boots, £69

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

Cindy Chevron Fit & Flare Dress, £59 | Felt Fedora Hat, £29 | Maysie Trainers, £39

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

Marianne Lace Sleeve Jumper, £45 | Suede Over The Knee Boots, £39 | Suede & Leather Handbag, £69

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.  


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