It’s reached the very sad time of the year where, from the second you open your eyes in the morning to the second you close them again at night, you long to be consistently cosy.
You step out of bed and leg it to the shower, avoiding as much contact with cold air as you possible can. Exiting the warmth of the shower feels like you’ve stepped out into the North Pole and upon the devastating realisation that no, a dressing gown isn’t appropriate to wear to work, there’s only one answer.
Plenty of it.
But not just any old knitwear. Here we’ve brought to you the best of the knitwear styling tricks to keep you cosy, warm and of course, stylish, all winter long.
For a more feminine take on the trend, knitwear demands experimentation with frilly cuffs and collars this season. For proof that being prim doesn’t have to be proper, look to Shrimps who channelled aforementioned prim vibes against the juxtaposition of cool-girl shades of bright blues and yellows.
The Jumper Dress
Ah, the jumper dress – a trend that takes over every fashionista’s wardrobe every winter without fail. Warm, comfortable, entirely effortless, what’s not to love?
While Instagram’s street stylers may want us to bare all, pairing roll neck jumper dresses with sun kissed pins and chunky trainers, reaching for the biker boots or an over-the-knee pair is totally acceptable should you want to avoid frost bite this season. Alternatively layer over cropped straight leg jeans for an every day approach to the trend.
The Chunky Cardigan
This season there’s very little that beats the chunky cardigan on the keep it cosy spectrum. The good ol’ cardigan of granny wardrobes gone by has worked hard to make it back onto the fashion agenda in the past year. This season it surpassed all expectations and landed right at the top.
Pair with roll neck bodysuits and embrace big buttoned styles for the best of this season’s style points. Plus all of those silk camis that saw you through the summer months get their moment to shine all winter long with the addition of the chunky cardigan.
The Scarf Sweater
Kill two birds with one stone with this season’s most unexpected key buy, the scarf sweater that’s sparked more uproar than anyone could have ever predicted for a piece of knitwear. Perhaps even more intriguing are the phrases coined to describe the trend, the most popular of which include ‘jarfing’ and ‘scrumper’ – make of that what you will.
The idea is a scarf-jumper hybrid in which jumpers have scarves fitted into their neckline. While embraced by the most elegant of designers including Joseph, The Row and Celine for 2018, for now we’ll be sticking with Mango’s £39.99 version, vowing to only take it off when it’s entirely necessary.
It’s All In The Textures
Judging by Topshop’s struggle to keep that satin bias cut midi skirt in stock, the slip skirt isn’t going anywhere and neither is the winter chill which means it’s time to welcome the slip skirt to our winter wardrobes in the best way we know how – by layering under knitwear. In most cases we say the chunkier the better with this look. Chunky knits and silk skirts are polar opposites which is why the contrasting textures work so well together.