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December 3rd, 2012

Just Jumpers

As the weather gets really cold, cosy knits are the hot topic for your shopping list. Casual or dressy, it’s always about style.

When it comes to knitwear, it’s not only about the colour, it’s also about the feel and texture of the jumper. Feel the texture and the weave. If you have sensitive skin, be wary of lambswool, merino wool, angora, mohair and anything that is 100% wool.

Blends of fibres are generally an excellent option when you’re seeking comfort and cosiness. Look for a percentage of wool mixed with cotton or a synthetic fibre like viscose or polyamide. Blends are often machine or hand washable… brilliant for keeping cleaning costs down.

Jumpers come in all price bands – favourite jumpers can be found at M&S, Banana Republic, The Gap, Zara, H&M, Mint Velvet and Uniqlo.

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Uniqlo

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Mint Velvet

 

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Marks & Spencer

If you’re in love with a jumper that’s a bit itchy, simply layer a paper-thin long sleeve tee or polo neck underneath. Basic black, navy and grey jumpers are all investment pieces! If you find one that is a perfect fit for a reasonable price, there’s no need to splurge on premium designer brands. Save your money for something that truly stands out like a fun statement skirt or a fabulous jacket.

Style and fit are crucial elements to finding your perfect jumper. There’s more than one ideal silhouette depending on what you’re wearing on your bottom half.

The Classic Knit

If you’re wearing a flared trouser or a full midi, maxi, or A-line skirt, your jumper or cardigan should be fitted and fall at your waist or just below.

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Theory

 

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Calvin Klein

 

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Missoni

 

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Tory Burch

Tunics And Long Cardigans

Wear a long tunic sweater or cardigan with tapered trousers and be sure it covers your bum if you’re wearing leggings. This style is probably the most practical and comfortable because tunics and long cardis are normally more generous and forgiving.

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Mint Velvet

 

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Vince

 

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Top Shop

Cropped Jumpers

Cropped jumpers work best when worn over another layer like a button down shirt, combined with a sweet A-line skirt, or worn as an open cardigan.

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Miu Miu

 

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Chalayan

 

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Finally, make your jumper work with your figure. Be careful with bold prints, patterns, and cable knitwear (ie. the classic Christmas jumper!). All detailing can add volume on top.

In order to create a sleek slim silhouette, stick with a thin weave and solid or block colouring. You’ll be cosy and chic all winter long!

Stay warm!