The knitwear heroes to covet this winter

Karen Dacre,-Fashion Editor at Large

From the knitted skirt to the funnel neck, we unravel winter’s woollen big hitters

Nothing warms the heart - or the body - like the purchase of a new piece of knitwear. Undoubtedly a perfectly chosen winter woolly – be it a sweater, scarf or snuggly pair of socks – is like central heating for our body and soul. And this season, selecting knitwear with mood-boosting powers seems more important than ever. The options are vast: from chunky supersized knits for stylish sofa surfers to the ultimate layering pieces for chic country rambles, here’s a wool lover’s guide to the season’s major trends.

knitwear cashmere

Cashmere with a conscience

With cashmere practices now more ethically minded than ever before, indulging in one of life’s little style luxuries comes with a genuine feel-good factor. Certainly, John Lewis & Partners’ dedication to cashmere that’s both sustainable and traceable is hard to resist, with everything from versatile crew-neck sweaters to cute berets available. As always, cashmere is an investment, so seek out pieces you’ll get plenty of wear from – neutral hues are a good place to start. 

chunky, funnel knitwear

The big knitters

It’s officially jumper weather and thus the season for chin nuzzling. After all, where better to hide from the world than in the neck of your cosiest sweater? Thankfully, the options for those who take comfort in an oversized collar or funnel knit are plentiful this season. Good for more than just your favourite pair of jeans, a supersized version can add a chic, wintry dimension to everything from leather trousers to slip skirts.

knitted hoodie

At home in a hoodie

As temperatures drop and the chill sets in, our faithful WFH wardrobe of lycra and leggings expands to include lightweight knits and layering. A luxe take on the hoodie is this winter’s big takeaway. Seek out fine knits and neutral shades and wear with everything from jeans to sweatpants. Choose oversized hoodies with slouch appeal for an aesthetic that’s effortless and elegant. 

Layered knitwear styling tip

The layered effect

For those who can’t settle on just one of this winter’s key knitwear looks, you don’t have to. Why not wear a few at once?  Layering winter woollies – be it a beanie hat teamed with a sweater and supersized scarf or a chunky cardie layered over a tonal rollneck – works beautifully. Those who want to turn the heating up while staying chic should also try shoulder-robing a sweater: the result is a hot look on which the style brigade have long been sold.

Knitted dress

From head through to toe

The ascent of the jumper dress is welcome news to those wishing to take their love of knitwear to a cosy new level. Like a hug in clothing form, few things beat the comfort and warmth granted by an unstructured knitted dress. Unapologetically slouchy, you can elevate it with knee-high boots and a silk square scarf.  Look out also for knitted tube skirts, which provide a fashion-forward update on the printed midi. Go the extra mile and top off your look with cashmere socks.

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