Knits come in many guises. There are cosy sweaters perfect for country walks and snuggling up on bonfire night. Then there are superfine knits which can be worn more elegantly. As the name infers, Toast do the most toasty of knits and they currently have a great selection of chunky sweaters, such as this merino wool donegal tweed in storm blue (£135).
Whistles and LK Bennett can always be relied upon for a strong selection of fine knits. This sparkle striped knit from Whistles (£85) makes for a stylish ‘Christmas’ jumper.
Recently launched, Arkell and Wills from Cheltenham has created a fabulous core range of 100% sustainable cashmere with the fun option to customise your piece with added details. Waterfall cardigan with rolled-edge and rose gold elbow patches (£210) arkellandwills.co.uk.
Jaeger also excell at knitwear, especially cashmere. They are even offering free cashmere combs with many of their knits to keep them in tip-top condition. Create a warm rosy glow in this off-duty slouchy cashmere by Jaeger (£175) which borders on a sweat top with its flattering envelope style neckline.
Another knit which has taken inspiration from the sweat top is this fabulous design by Top Shop Unique. A highly-styled piece, it also nods to the current military trend in army green (£145). A knit such as this provides the perfect foil for styling a statement skirt. The juxtaposition creates quite a different vibe, than say a silk blouse.
This mulit-tasking ribbed hazelnut sweater from Weekend at Max Mara (£185) at House of Fraser, switches from casual to statement piece with its fun detachable ostrich feather trim.
Sweaters can even make their own statements like this one by the slogan maestro, designer Bella Freud. She, who penned the famous ‘Je T’aime’ and ‘1970’ sweaters, now gives us ‘God Created’ in this lovely warm red (£280).
I’m not normally a fan of the integral shirt/sweater combination, but I make an exception for this exquisite version by Joseph (£225). Fashioned from beautifully soft and chunky ivory cashmere, the fine cotton fabric falls from the sleeves in an elegantly fluted shape. Fluid sleeves are a micro trend this season, with fashionistas wearing ‘regular’ shirt sleeves unbuttoned to achieve the look. Bella Freud and Joseph are both available from Sue Parkinsons at their Broadway and Cirencester stores, or online at sueparkinson.com.
This frilly knit from Top Shop (£42) is a high-fashion look that nods to the eighties and would look great worn with high-waisted cullottes and heeled boots.
Many women love the simplicity of a poncho as they are so easy to throw on, especially as you head out on the school run. I have chosen this ribbed border version by Jigsaw (£79) as it doesn’t overhwelm a petite frame like some and it comes in a selection of lovely colours. Although, you’re best avoiding if you are at all pear shaped. Also bear in mind, that a poncho (or cape) works better with a hand-held bag.