Winter woollies: how will you wear yours?

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Like it or not, it is time to bring out the knitwear. The good news is that in fashion terms pretty much any knit goes, provided it suits you. Some of you will enjoy layering up whilst others will prefer a neater look. You need to think volume, length, colour, pattern and necklines when choosing yours. So, how will you wear yours this season?

Fine knits   Fine jerseys are a wonderful staple for layering underneath jackets, dresses or more knits. The roll neck will keep you warm as well as looking current, but avoid this style if you are short in the neck, it will make it appear shorter. Waterfall styles in soft, lightweight jersey are more flattering on fuller figures than heavier knits. Short, neat sweaters are perfect for the season's ladylike look.

Chunky knits   We all need at least one really cosy jumper or cardigan for winter. A heavier knit can be a simple addition to your wardrobe or a statement piece, depending on how you want to wear it. Think about the weight of the knit  and don’t go too heavy if you have generous curves, it will add pounds.  Get the length right by ensuring it finishes on a slimmer part of your body.

Colour   Yes, there is a lot of black out there but there is colour too! Hunt around for shades that flatter you and that you will enjoy wearing.

Pattern  Get a patterned piece to make a statement. Make sure it’s a pattern that compliments your style and figure and one that you really like (because you will wear it for a few winters).

Decoration  All that glitters includes sweaters this season. What a joy to have added sparkle, sequins and embellishment to an otherwise more practical wardrobe item. We need the extra light in the dark months so shine away, night or day!

Humour  Squirrels, owls, foxes, rabbits, animal motifs are everywhere. They won’t suit everyone’s style personality but if you like a bit of fun in your wardrobe, why not. Just don’t overdo it.

Mixing fabrics  Mixing up fabrics is the thing to do this season and you will find this happening in knitwear too. Chiffon sleeves or a silk neck detail can make your woollie more feminine, dressy or a bit creative (see the East long cardigan above).

Whatever your tastes, make your winter woollens stylish and colourful and not just something to keep out the cold.

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