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It’s that time of year again, when jumpers and coats come out of their vacuum packs, and flip flops are thrown to the back of the closet. One of the most exciting things about cold weather is the chance to add cosy, comfy pieces to your look. And with the fashion world embracing Scandinavian style and Danish concepts such as Hygge and Lykke, knitwear now takes centre stage as the main wardrobe investment during the winter season. Here are some of the hottest knitwear trends to know about in AW18/19.

Polo Necks

Roll necks are the chicest way to keep warm in winter, and they make a strong appearance on the runways every single year. They’re everywhere right now, and according to style experts, the chunkier and cosier the better. In AW18, we also see some layering with thinner polo neck jumpers. Just refer to Victoria Beckham’s FROW outfit at the menswear Louis Vuitton show in Paris earlier this year for inspiration. She styled a burgundy roll neck top underneath a striped shirt, topped with an oversized coat for a retro finish.

The Jumper Dress

Jumper dresses are the ultimate cheat sheet for a winter capsule wardrobe. This beautiful Balenciaga roll neck dress is the perfect example of how versatile the trend is. Style over jeans for an oversized sweater look, wear with tights and ankle boots for evening, or cover up with knee high boots in the day. Dress it up with a clutch or designer crossbody, or keep it casual with a large shopper tote. The options are endless.

Other runways featuring sweater dresses this year include Chloe, Lanvin, Joseph, Topshop Unique, Maques'AlmeidaJ, Jil Sander, and Zadig et Voltaire. And a common theme seems to be a super-relaxed cut and oversized arms that seem way too long for the model. This is the year to dig out those boyfriend jumpers, because the perfect fit is simply not fitting at all.

Cable Knit Jumpers

As seen on the catwalks of Lanvin, Daks, Milly, Sonia Rykiel, Moncler Grenoble, Temperley and Ulla Johnson, cable knit jumpers are the key to keeping cosy. This type of knit is one of the most timeless winter styles, and cable knit jumpers are available in every colour this season. Go for classic muted browns and beiges as seen with the Ulla Johnson collection or the Chloe collection, or opt for a bold orange/red as seen on the Sonia Rykiel AW18 runway.

Bright reds and oranges are still very much on-trend, and same-colour layering with coats and accessories is totally fashion-forward.

The Grandad Knit

According to Vogue, the AW18 trend we all need to covet is hidden in the depths of your grandad’s attic. The grandad sweater is all about kitsch patterns and old-fashioned knitting styles, but styled for cocktail hour. Some of the runway designers to take on this concept include Erdem, Christopher Kane, Simone Rocha, and Preen By Thornton Bregazzi. And there’s a distinctive mix of snuggly knitwear and ‘night out’ attire.

The finished article is a glam casual, understated, never-overdressed ensemble that is perfect for drinks after work, or an event that demands the I’m-not-even-trying look.

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