Tuesday, 18 November 2014 01:20

Conquering the Winter Knit

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It is an essential part of our winter wardrobes but finding the right shape, size and texture of a cosy knit can be quite tough.

Now, in this cold and rather busy lead up to Christmas, is the ideal time to delve into your snugly knitted jumpers and brave the winter weather head on. But with so many inspiring styles jumping off the catwalks, maybe its time for a knitwear update.

Anyone whose anyone was raving excitedly after the Celine autumn/winter 2014 show, and its easy to see why. Phoebe Philo has that extraordinary gift of reinventing women's clothing and turning something so simple into a fresh, new concept. The Celine knits came in camel, beige and grey with extra long sleeves, which have become quite a fashion statement with Topshop and Asos donning some of the best examples. Philo even sent knitted trousers down the runway, flaring out neatly at the knee giving a luxurious and expensive feel. Similarly, Christopher Kane presented us with an interesting twist at London Fashion Week with his grown up knitted sweaters. Taking inspiration from the reserved Victorian era, Kane's knits were detailed with frill like lace detailing and a high neckline with a pretty bow underneath the chin. Fashionable and practical too!

Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel decided to create moth holes in his tweed knits while Ralph Lauren went for old Hollywood glamour, accessorising his roll necks with tailored trousers and large, voluminous coats. At Sonia Rykiel, models were sent down the catwalk with layers of scarves and knits wrapped loosely around the neck, adding to the slouchy elegance she is famous for.

This winter, the knit is a style staple. Wear it however makes you feel comfortable and don't be afraid to layer and experiment with cuts and shapes. If you're really inspired, you could even try knitting one yourself.

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