The Only Knitwear Guide You'll Need This Season

Get through winter in these stylish knits destined for a lifetime of wear.

It's not getting any warmer down under, so don't go cold this winter. We have handpicked 25 of the cosiest knits for you to pick up pronto!

09 May 2017 By Tanya Sharma

As temperatures start to drop, our wardrobes require more than a little makeover. Now is that slightly mournful time of year, when we bid a temporary adieu to our dresses and lightweight tops in favour of those life-saving knitwear pieces that promise to make winter far more bearable – and considerably more stylish. Sourced straight from our favourite style geniuses, here are five essential pieces you need to see you through the next few months.

The Cable Knit

Reminiscent of the sweater you stole from his closet, the trendy cable knit captures the spirit of the season. It’s inimitably cosy, fluffy, and warm, and you can’t help but imagine days spent cuddled up fireside or bundled up on a brisk day. As with any roomy top, it’s best to create a balanced look and pair it with skinny bottoms – your fave jeans work fine – and tall boots for a streamlined finish. Remember that a chunky sweater can add volume, so it’s best to layer it over a slim top to avoid bulk.

Winter Knitwear Guide 2017

Giada Benincasa Turtleneck Cable Knit Jumper, $739 $518 – available at Farfetch.

Winter Knitwear Guide 2017

Lover Sana Jumper, $395 – available at David Jones.

Winter Knitwear Guide 2017

Maje Cable Knit Sweater, £112.08 (approx. AUD $197) – available at The Outnet.

Winter Knitwear Guide 2017

Ulla Johnson Francisca Baby Alpaca Sweater, USD $495 (approx. AUD $670) – available at Barneys.

The Cosy Cashmere

Despite your best efforts to stay in on chilly days, some occasions call not only for your presence but also for you to actually (gasp!) dress up. When you’re not quite sure about that but still do want to make the effort, slip into a lovely cashmere sweater and call it a day. Beautiful with a pair of tailored trousers or a sleek pencil skirt and tights, cashmere epitomises style and is an enduring piece that will wear well for years.

Winter Knitwear Guide 2017

Karen Walker Breton Stripe Knit, $410 – available at David Jones.

Winter Knitwear Guide 2017

Coco Ribbon Knitted Ruffle Sweater, $399.00 – available at The Iconic.

Winter Knitwear Guide 2017

Vince Cashmere Boxy Crew, USD $345 (approx. AUD $467) – available at Vince.

Winter Knitwear Guide 2017

N.Peal Shortsleeve Kimono Cashmere Cardicoat, £529 (approx. AUD $926) – available at N.Peal.

The Sweater Dress

Whether worn for work or for play, the sweater dress is a perennial wardrobe favourite. Its brilliance is in its comfort and versatility. Try it with leggings and booties for an on-trend yet casual look, or dress it up with a wide belt and over-the-knee boots for a slenderising look from head to toe. Sweater dresses also happen to take you from your desk to date night without a hitch.

Winter Knitwear Guide 2017

ASOS WHITE Knitted Geo Gradient Midi Dress, $168 – available at ASOS.

Winter Knitwear Guide 2017

Red Valentino Cable Knit Dress, $1,329 – available at David Jones.

Winter Knitwear Guide 2017

J.W.Anderson Triple Wool Merino Wool Dress, USD $985 (approx. AUD $1,331) – available at Barneys.

Winter Knitwear Guide 2017

Camilla and Marc Perle Knit Dress, $599 – available at Camilla and Marc.

The Oversized Cardigan

Loungewear has never had it so good – and neither has your wardrobe. Frankly, oversized cardigans can go either way: no matter how slouchy and relaxed they seem, they happen to look right at home whether you’re lazing about the house or relaxing at the coffee shop with girlfriends. Try a long, plush cardigan on those days when you don’t quite need a coat, yet definitely need that extra layer of reassuring warmth.

Winter Knitwear Guide 2017

Vince Chunky Cardigan, USD $325 (approx AUD $440) – available at Vince.

Winter Knitwear Guide 2017

Alexander Wang Leopard V Neck Cardigan, $999 – available at David Jones.

Winter Knitwear Guide 2017

Ulla Johnson Aiko Baby Alpaca Cardigan, USD $645 (approx. AUD $873) – available at Barneys.

Winter Knitwear 2017

Sass & Bide Out of Darkness Oversized Cardigan, $455 – available at Sass & Bide.

The Posh Cape

Capes are certainly having a moment. They evoke a spirit that’s emblematic of old Hollywood, as if to convey to your adoring public that you simply threw it on and happen to be the epitome of nonchalantly chic style. If you’re tired of your same old coat, a cape fills in nicely, particularly when it’s made of a thick knit fabric and provides full-body coverage. For a more on-trend take, try a shorter silhouette over your favourite sheath dress and head to the office.

Winter Knitwear 2017

Witchery Soft Cape, $299.95 – available at David Jones.

Winter Knitwear 2017

N.Peal Cashmere Cape with Pockets, £359 (approx. AUD $629) – available at N.Peal.

Winter Knitwear 2017

Ille De Cocos Leather Trim Knit Cape, $543 – available at Wolf & Badger.

Winter Knitwear 2017

Rag & Bone Double Faced Wrap, $610 – available at Rag & Bone.

Which knitwear pieces will you be stocking up on this winter? Let us know below…


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