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Knit Happens…!

Autumn, I’ve always loved this time of year. The leaves are changing colour, the evenings are growing shorter, there’s a chill in the air and because of all this there’s always an excuse to curl up with a good book and one seriously naughty hot chocolate – When I say naughty I am of course referring to those amaretto laced chocolate concoctions that propel this childhood favourite all the way into adult territory and beyond!

With the weather getting colder, however, all I can think about lately is wrapping up and I’m sure you’re thinking the same thing. The only problem is knitwear, despite being super cozy, has never been what you might call chic. Sure it was always OK to wear around the house, but it was hardly something that came to mind when planning that first date ensemble now was it?

Oh but the times they are a changing ladies and I’m here to tell you that fashion is now firmly on our side – Finally! Apparently designers have just come to the realization that women no longer want to choose between looking good and keeping warm. Seems quite obvious really, makes you wonder why on earth they took so long!

Now before you balk at the mention of the word “designer” let me assure you that the high-street has, as always, experienced that ol’ trickledown effect and as a result we’re seeing some amazing winter warmers including knitted biker jackets, peplum sweaters, novelty jumpers and bodycon dresses in stores such as Topshop, Reiss, French Connection and Mango as well as Brown Thomas!

Of course all this means we now have quite the opposite problem; there is simply too much to choose from. So with that and our collective sanity in mind I took matters into my own hands, scoured the stores, and found what I believe are some of the very best new season knits you need to know about….

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Centre:

Red Bodycon Dress – Ted Baker

From Top L-R:

Gina Geelong Knit – French Connection

Bat Motif Sweater – J.W. Anderson x Topshop. Also available in BT2 Grafton Street

Cashmere Embellished Sweater – Mango

Knitted Biker Jacket – Iro. BT2 Also available at Netaporter.com

Pink Peplum Sweater – Reiss.

Embellished Cropped Sweater – Miu Miu. Brown Thomas.

Charcoal Peplum Sweater – Ted Baker.

Kapow Sweater – Phillip Lim. Brown Thomas. Also available at Netaporter.com

What’s great about the majority of these pieces is the fact that they will look amazing paired rather simply with your already existing wardrobe staples. Take, for example the “Kapow” sweater by Phillip Lim (A cult favourite by the way!) or even the peplum sweater from Ted Baker both of which would look great with a black skinny jeans and flats by day. Happily, this is a look you can easily make re-appropriate for drinks “after-hours” simply by swapping the flats for a pair of killer stilettos! Believe me, it really is that simple!

For those of you still suspicious of knitwear and its reputation for being stuffy and outdated, however, I suggest mixing your textures in order to keep it securely on the young, fresh, and relevant side of things. When it comes to anything “fashion” you should always consider this one golden rule; opposites attract! So, when putting your look together consider, for instance, teaming a soft and feminine cashmere sweater with a tough leather skirt or pants.

Oh and just one more thing, always no matter what anyone else might tell you, remember that crop tops were never intended to be worn with low slung jeans. Never! To keep a cropped sweater looking chic, sophisticated and subtly sexy be sure to pair it with a high waisted skirt. Tummy cleavage must be kept to a minimum people!

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