Knitwear Style Staples…My Top 5

Knitwear Style Staples…My Top 5

Whilst we have said goodbye to January, snow is on its way, so how do we stay warm and stylish? The key is beautiful, versatile knitwear.Personally, I have 5 styles of knitwear I continually wear.Each style gives me something different and allows me to create versatile looks depending on how I’m feeling. So here are my top 5 to inspire you to take a look at your knitwear collection and see what may be missing.

The Perfect Crew-Neck

Of all the jumpers I own – the J Crew Tippi jumper is my ‘go to’ knit.It’s a stunning cut, fits beautifully on the arms and comes in numerous colours.I wear mine with everything from jeans, to pencil skirts, culottes and statement skirts.I have a grey and black one and have just ordered a pink one (in the sale) to wear with red (pink and red being one of my favourite colour combinations). There are14 colours to choose from so you’ll be spoilt for choice. The Tippi jumper is a key staple at J Crew – and with me!

NB: The sizing comes up big – I am a size 8-10 and take XS in this style.

The Pefect Roll-Neck

You tend to either love or hate a roll-neck.I’ve always loved them and continually wear this blackone from M&S through-out Autumn/Winter.My favourite way to wear this knit is with my wide leg or cigarette trousers from my Collection – a nod to my style icon Audrey Hepburn.I always advise wearing a very fitted roll-neck (and a great bra) to give you the best silhouette. I also tend to unfold the roll-neck which gives it a less‘classic’ look.Many women I know feel they cannot wear a roll-neck due to being too “busty” – if this is you, try breaking it up by adding a long necklace.Job done!

The Perfect Oversized-Knit

There are some days you just want to throw on an oversized knit and feel cool and stylish.Unfortunately this can often lead to you just looking oversized!The trick is to ensure you get the proportions right. Me and Em are the masters at this. I bought this version at the beginning of the season and it is so flattering. It is cut slightly high at the front and lower at the back which allows you to tuck the front if you wish. This is just one of many at Me & Em that I love. It comes in lots of colours but I l think a cream jumper in winter looks so chic and stylish.

The Perfect V-Neck Cashmere

As many of you know I have had the pleasure of working with Amanda Wakeley and her fantastic team for a couplle of years. I always knew her designs were stunning but was unaware of her beautfiul cashmere collection. My favourite (which many of my clients own) is the v-neck boyfriend jumper. It is the perfect piece to wear with leather or silk trousers. The cut allows it to drape rather than add bulk which gives it an effortless look you’ll love. Trust me – once you try it – you’ll never wear anything else!

The perfect slogan jumper

Slogan jumpers have become incredibly popular. I love the idea of them but am less keen on many of the slogans! However, I do own this one from Hush. It is no longer available in this colour-way but does come in a gorgeous blue and cream or beige and red. I wear it under a trouser suit or with a statement skirt to give it a more dressed-down twist.

So there you have it – my top 5.It’s taken me some time to know what knitwear does and doesn’t suit me.For example, I now know:

  • I look 11 years old if I wear a cable knit jumper (and not in a good way)!
  • I’m very short-waisted (I don’t really have much of one!) which means a long belted cardigan is not for me as it simply emphasises the fact.
  • Unless I half-tuck an oversized knit (either at the front or at the side) I lose my shape!
  • Cashmere may be expensive but the joy it brings is worth every penny.

I hope this inspires you to find your own Top 5 that feel and look amazing on you - and if you need help – it would be my pleasure.

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