The season of wrapping up warm is well and truly upon us. Yes, that might mean grey weather, shorter days and longer nights, but mostly, it means more roast dinners and red wine, which we're okay with. It also means we need to keep our knitwear collections up to scratch given we seem to be living in our jumpers at the moment.
Here at Who What Wear UK, it's our job to constantly scroll through Instagram (it's a hard life) in order to pick out trends you're going to love. Recently, we've been getting inspired by how our favourite fashion girls are reinventing their winter wardrobes with knitwear of all kinds. We're not just talking basic cable-knit jumpers here, the ways editors and influencers are wearing wool this year is anything but boring.
From cosy co-ords (what did we wear before they were a thing?) to jumper dresses (the perfect accompaniment to knee-high boots) and a surprise late entry into the race (the sweater vest), there are so many options for layering up this winter that feel totally new. Overwhelmed? Don't run back into the arms of that bobbly beige knit just yet. We've made it all very easy and rounded up the five best knitwear trends you'll see everywhere this winter below.
1. Sweater dresses
The humble sweaterdress is back on the fashion scene, thank goodness. Given that they work so excellently with a pair of knee-high boots, it's the perfect timing for a jumper dress comeback. They're so easy to wear and just so stretchy. A knitted dress will take you from the pub to the park to the office and back again.
It's only been in the last month that the term "sweater vest" has been mentioned in the Who What Wear UK offices. Since our Shopping Editor Joy Montgomery divulged that she'd bagged one in the Arket sale, however, we've started seeing them crop up on our Instagram feeds more and more. Whether you take a looser minimalist route like Pernille or choose a tight-fitting argyll print for a vintage look, the sleeveless knit is definitely a style to watch out for this winter.
We never realised how versatile a cardigan could be until this season came around. Until recently, you were more likely to see one at your grandparents' house than at fashion week. Those times have definitely changed. More interesting than a jumper but cosier than a shirt, tuck it into your nearest trousers and you've got yourself an on-trend winter outfit.
We're not sure we could love the idea of a knitted co-ord anymore. It really begs the question, why haven't we thought to wear these before now? Cosy? Check. Easy to wear? Check. Makes you look chic? Check. Whether you opt for a skirt-and–ankle-boots combo or a trousers-and-trainers option, we think this duo is going to be your new best friend.
Neon colours have been filtering through for a few seasons now. To begin with, we weren't sure this was a trend that would last—especially with it being quite hard to pull off—but after seeing Valentino's S/S 20 yellow show space in September, we started to take brights a lot more seriously. The easiest way to wear them? Knits, obviously, and Monikh shows us that paired with jeans and chunky boots, bold colours don't have to be scary at all.