When hibernation mode kicks in, style can easily become an afterthought, or at least something you do unconsciously. You get dressed in the dark, literally and figuratively. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
In winter, you reach for a knitted jumper with the same cold-snap reflex that causes you to start ordering a Guinness at the bar and making a traditional roast every Sunday. Trust your instincts.
As well as being a rarely bettered winter warmer, wool knits offer impeccable cold-weather style, considered but comfortable. Nothing keeps you warm like a quality knit. For most of us it’s still a little early to break out the big guns, so stick to lighter gauge knitwear until winter hits in earnest. Jumpers and cardigans in temperature-regulating merino wool, breathable cotton-blends and unbeatably plush cashmere are all worth considering.
If you’re looking to invest, prioritise versatile colours such as navy, grey, brown or beige, which will match with everything in your wardrobe. If you’ve already got your neutral bases covered, consider acquiring a more seasonal option in burgundy, bottle green or burnt orange to give your cold-weather looks a seasonal lift.
Unlike their chunkier cousins, lightweight knits – whether you opt for a cardigan or jumper – can be easily layered over a shirt or tee and worn under a jacket or blazer without running the risk of looking like a fitness magazine’s unfortunate ‘before’ picture.
For modestly priced options that deliver great value try Uniqlo or Reiss, both of whom offer a generous selection of merino, cashmere and cotton styles in a variety of cuts and colourways. Or, for knitwear that really is a notch above, turn to the masters at John Smedley or Johnstons Of Elgin for the ultimate of base layers.
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