Knitwear season is here, and I for one am pretty happy about it.
I love lounging around in cosy cardi’s and oversized slouchy jumpers when the weather gets colder and nights in front of the TV become more regular. Autumn especially, with Bonfire Night and other such outdoor festivals seems like the perfect time to make the transition from Breton tee to cosy knit. Plus allowing yourself to indulge in a little knitwear overhaul is one of the true joys of Autumn, am I right?
While packing up my wardrobe for the house move, I realised how pitiful my knitwear collection currently is. With the exception of investment pieces such as cashmere, I find that knitwear doesn’t always last beyond one season. If you’re anything like me, you’ll probably wear your favourite jumpers to death and wash them over and over until they’ve reached that state of shrunken bobbledy mess that relegates them to ‘house jumper only’ status. That was the situation of most of mine to be honest, and nearly all but a few got thrown out or given to the local charity shop during the move.
I have a couple of good cashmere numbers (I find Boden’s range to be the best – really durable, not overpriced and in fun colours), and some more sentimental pieces (like my Mrs jumper from the wedding) which I tend to take better care of – wearing a little more sparingly and hand washing or dry cleaning only – and then I buy a few more trend led pieces each season, accepting they probably won’t last beyond one winter.
So if you’re in the same boat as me, and on the hunt for your knitwear range of the season, I’ve rounded up a few of my favourites at the moment. There’s a few key colours emerging this season and bar the mustard shade which isn’t great for me, they’re all colours I’m happy to get on board with. There’s a lot of blush and candy pink around in knitwear, which I personally love but might be a bit sweet if pink isn’t your thing. And grey is the staple for this year as opposed to black – if you’re not a fan of the sweet shades opt for soft heather grey instead, I promise you it will go with nearly everything! And on the other end of the scale – it’s those deep burgundy and red shades (ideal for Christmas) alongside navy and mustard. Burgundy is a really flattering colour on most people I think, so I’ll be going for more of that than the yellow tones, which do nothing for me.
Anyway my knitwear collection started with the adorable grey and pink ‘Lovely’ jumper from Boden (above) which is the perfect lightweight knit which works wonderfully under coats both big and small. And I’ve just ordered the slouchy funnel neck Gap style in the edit below – can’t wait to cosy up in that. As I’m going to be preggo throughout winter and contending with a growing baby bump I’m shopping for either slouchy oversized styles, which I can tuck into high waisted skirts for now and then let them hang loose as I get bigger, or longer length styles which can be worn over leggings in the next few months. But none of the below are maternity, and with the oversized look on trend will work equally well for anyone this winter!
1.The blush pink one – Gap £39.95
If you’re not into pink, fear not as this also comes in a heather grey. But it’s the shape I’m loving – tuck the front into your jeans or skirt and leave the back slouchy for that effortless ‘I just woke up like this’ style. Plus if you have long hair you can do the faux bob thing, which never gets old.
2. The wear with everything one – Uniqlo £39.90
Every season you need one of those – bung it on with everything – jumpers and this is it for me. Uniqlo do really good knitwear, and it lasts so they’re a good place to start for basics. This slouchy V neck comes in 5 different shades (burgundy gets my vote) and can be worn for the office over a smart skirt, for the weekend with jeans or just in the house with pyjama bottoms. All bases covered.
I personally love a jazzy jumper when party season rolls around. But I’m not talking novelty here (love those too but only on certain occasions), no I’m talking chic, stylish but with a hint of party glamour about it. This M&S one is ideal – classic stripe design with a chic sequin addition to the sleeves!
4. The one that says Autumn – New Look £24.99
Red, mustard and navy in one sweater – it screams Autumn. And that’s before we’ve even mentioned the roll neck shape. This would look great with a black leather mini, tights and boots and for the price, is your ideal trend led Aw piece.
5. The cashmere one – Boden £99.50
As I mentioned, I do love Boden cashmere and their cashmere crew neck is my style of choice. I have two of these now – one in a mint green and one in a pale pink and they’ve both lasted really well and are so so cosy and lovely to wear. In fact I love them so much, I chose the same design for my Best Women to wear on my wedding in a gorgeous ivory colour. Each season they release a whole new range of colours alongside the classics, and for this winter it’s all about the stripes and patterns. How adorable is this stripy number?
6. The animal print one – Asos £30
Let’s be honest, Asos jumpers are probably a one season buy so why not pick the fun prints and cute designs? Animal print is huge again right now, and this grey version is a subtle way to tackle the trend.
7. The blow out one – Hades £160
This jumper (and the others in the range – ‘The Smiths’ being another favourite) has been on my wishlist for a while but is just proving a little too out of budget right now. It’s a fashion and blogger must have though, and you’ve probably already seen it all over Instagram. Bit of a blow out, but a goodie all the same.
8. The flared sleeve one – H&M £39.99
The flared sleeve is still a look I love, and I’m keen to transition it into knitwear too. H&M is the place to go for these funky sleeves at affordable prices. Just be careful when it comes to eating things like soup!
9. The open back one – Asos £30
Not ideal for those really cold days, but great right now while we’re still having occasional warm weather, this blush pink long style from Asos is all party in the back!
10. The one that’s pretty much a Breton – Topshop £34
Love your Breton tees? Can’t bear to part with them for winter? This one is for you. It’s slightly cropped and a loose trapeze style shape but the real magic is those wide bell sleeves, I adore it!
Those are my top ten right now, expect at least a few to crop up in my outfit posts and Instagram pics over the next little while. Where do you shop for quality knitwear each season?