Fab Friday style tip: how to wear knits for winter 2011

Nikki Parkinson Fashion 22 Comments

My test as to whether the seasons have changed is the temperature of my toes. This is the first week that they are cold.  Yes, I know I live in Queensland.  But I am a cold fish thanks to a dodgy, non-existent thyroid.  So, my thoughts have turned to all things cosy.  Specifically, winter knits.

Gasparre cashmere drape cardigan $440; fur scarf $165. www.gasparrecashmere.com

Gasparre cashmere drape cardigan $440; fur scarf $165. www.gasparrecashmere.com

Now, knits are around every winter (and you’ve probably got more than your fair share sitting in your wardrobe) but working them in with current looks can be a tricky one.  We don’t want to look chunky … or like our nana.  So listen up.

Key style tips

1.  If you have knits sitting in your wardrobe, get them out now.  If they have pilling on them, toss them.  If they make you sneeze (or is that just me?), wash them in wool wash and dry them flat so they are ready to wear this season.

2.  If you are on the curvy side (or is that just me again?), then stick with finer knits.  Chunky, bulky knits will just add chunk and bulk.  DO NOT want that.

3.  Buy the best quality your budget allows you. In my dreams, I’ll spend each winter floating around on a sea of Gasparre cashmere (pictured above and below) but sadly this hasn’t happened yet.  I do have two knits (one is the Saba one listed at no. 7 below) though that include cashmere in their DNA and it does give me a hint of my future Lotto life.

4.  The “feel” of the knit is so, so important.  If it feels scratchy and unappealing in the change room, it’s going to irritate you every time you put it on.  You want to feel cosy and loved.

Shopping suggestions

gasparre, country road, witchery, trenery, birdsnest, saba, jacqui e, jag, saba

1.  Gasparre over-sized draped cashmere cardigan (at The Grand Social) $440

2.  Country Road 100% merino rib cross-over tunic (was $149) $111.75*

3.  Witchery chunky stitch shrug – 41% acrylic 27% alpaca 22% wool 10% nylon – $169.95

4.  Trenery stripe knit – 95% lambswool 5% cashmere – (was $99) $74.25*

5.  Saba over-sized cardigan – 4% cashmere 4% angora 18% lambswool 18% cotton 33% viscose 23% nylon – (was $249) $199*

6.  Wish stripe sweater – 80% viscose 20% nylon – $79.95 (at Birdsnest)

7.  Saba cowl swing jumper – 90% wool 10% cashmere – (was $179) $129*

8.  Jag tie-front cardigan – 60% cotton 40% modal – $99.99

9.  Jacqui E elbow sleeve cardigan $39.95

* These items are currently on sale for a limited time and pricing was correct at time of publication

Do you like to wear knitwear in winter?  Do you have a favourite style?  Like any of the above?

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  1. I love them all. Why do I have such expensive taste 🙁
    I am so in love with the Gasparre cashmere and the Saba one is lovely too.

    Oh and Congrats on the award, amazing stuff!!

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  2. Congrats on the win Nikki…
    I love number 3
    Loving the look of the belt over the knit this season, yet to try it out.
    Been in denial until this week, winter is not my fav season.

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