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Welcome to our first instalment of Trust Me, I'm an Editor. A few weeks ago, we grilled our Facebook group to find out what burning fashion-related questions they wanted to ask us, and we were inundated with responses. The question that spoke to me the most, however, was "Where can I find interesting knits that are also warm?" Seeing as the British weather has suddenly turned Baltic, it seemed only fitting that this should be our first topic to tackle.
I feel like I'm constantly grappling with the issue of style versus substance. People tend to see one as diametrically opposed to the other: You're either a fashion-conscious person or a practical dresser, but I'd argue that you can do both. Knitwear is one of the key pillars of my cold-weather dressing approach. Wear flimsy layers and prepare to feel the wrath of the January wind, but pick a hardworking insulating piece and you can forgo awkwardness bulkiness. Finding interesting designs, however, is not always easy—especially if you're on a budget.
My top four knitwear brands are an eclectic mix. A couple are high-street, one is more high-end and the other is, well, vintage. When it comes to the styles that feel relevant now, on the one hand, there's a real move towards chunky heritage pieces that wouldn't look out of place in your grandpa's wardrobe (think cable-knit crew-neck jumpers). At the opposite end of the spectrum, you have vibrant '70s prints and colourways—just look at Madeleine Thompson's David Bowie–inspired lightning bolts and & Other Stories' Disco Paris slogan knit.
Hopefully, it will show you that you can find good-quality, warm and chic pieces, whatever your budget. Try to get me now, winter. Scroll down to see my edit of warm yet stylish knitwear.
Style Notes: This red Arket jumper is my number one go-to for when I need instant warmth and a hint of colour. I think the brand's mohair-mix pieces are the gold standard in high-street knitwear. Wear one and you'll see what I mean.
Arket's colour-blocking jumpers look super high-end.
The closest we'll get to a Christmas jumper in January.
The button detail on this is so unusual.
I've worn this in Wales in winter, and it kept me so warm.
Style Notes: Madeleine Thompson does the best cashmere—it's super lightweight, insulating and comes in a range of cool prints. I love layering this lightning bolt crew neck over a black roll-neck for extra warmth. It's a little pricier but so worth saving the pennies for!
Inject a little rock 'n' roll appeal into your wardrobe.
Varsity stripes for the win.
An easy way to add colour to an outfit.
We've seen a few influencers in this knit.
Style Notes: This is one of my favourite recent knitwear purchases. I found it in a vintage store in Wales and thought it resembled some of the cool Scandi brands around at the moment. Vintage for the win.
You could mistake this for a cult Insta brand.
Looking for a cable-knit jumper? Vintage is your best bet.
A fun twist on a classic roll neck.
A Fair Isle jumper ticks both the trend and warmth boxes.
& Other Stories
Style Notes: My colleague Emma swears by her & Other Stories knitted cardigan, which she wears with everything from midi dresses (as seen) to weekend denim. A great high street option for stand-out styles.
I want everything in pink this season.
An asymmetric print makes for an expensive finish.
This would look so good with a slip skirt.
Slogan knits are making a comeback, and this one is at the top of my wish list.