Our favourite winter warmer, the cable-knit is set to enjoy another season in the trend spotlight for A/W 15, thanks to the deftly chic interpretations of the classic weave from Lanvin, Simone Rocha, Topshop Unique and Isabel Marant. The final litmus test? Sarah Harris of British Vogue and her signature twist jumpers were inseparable throughout London Fashion Week S/S 16. Confirmation indeed that the cable-knit is cool. Such is the collective fashion feeling that cable is what winter 2015 is all about; the trend has gone way beyond the jumper and works on sleeveless tops, dresses, scarves, hats… You name it.
Let’s swat up on some clothing history! As with most iconic wardrobe staples, its current form had a functional reason. The cable-knit jumper was originally created in the 19th century for fishermen braving high winds and salty sea air. Its distinctive weave offered more insulation than a standard knitted pattern (we concur!). Folklore states that the basket knit was a good-luck omen for the fishermen to receive a good haul. The knit’s charm has stood the test of time and reincarnates in today’s wardrobe as a traditional piece to offset with Saint Laurent leathers or to add texture to a Chloé dress.
To give your woolly jumper the up-to-the-moment styling treatment, wear it with a pleated leather skirt or thrown over a silky shift. Score a style home run and invest in a high-neck cable-knit jumper dress and team with second-skin boots. Practical and bang-on.
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