Words & Photo: @oliverinstead
It’s September; which means autumn, which means layering, which means knitwear! Although for someone like me who grew up in the tropics, there is never an inappropriate time for wrapping up toasty. Due to my exceptionally low endurance to the European chills, I have shopping knitwear for autumn/winter down to a science.
The first thing to look for in knitwear is always, always the colour. Lucky for me, my Far Eastern complexion allows me to effortlessly pull off trickier tones like a mustard yellow *winks* but truthfully, I have made some bad colour choices that I’m still regretting these days. For now, I’ll stick to softer shades of grey, brown and white.
Familiarise yourself with the types of knitting patterns; waffle, cable, Celtic, rib, twisted, etc then pick a favourite, one that suits your style. Personally, I prefer a less fussy texture so waffles are my go-to – it’s versatile and suits any occasion… that said, introducing a variety of patterns to your wardrobe wouldn’t hurt.
Know that not all knits have to be “fit-for-the-office“. Even though I do usually stay true to size, from time to time I size up or down depending largely just on my mood when shopping but occasionally on various other factors, like the cut and how I intend the style that particular item.
As much as I love to think I have all the money in the world to splash out on some lovely Private White V.C. sweats left, right and centre, the truth is I don’t. My advice for those who share the agony is unless you tend to feel the cold more, don’t spend too much too frequently : invest in a good knit every A/W, perhaps an extra statement piece, the rest can be high street and no one has to know.
A/W is not the only time to shop for knitwear, there are tons of unsold knits from last season on during the summer sale and that’s the time to stock up on ’em cozy ganseys. If you’ve been paying attention, you’d notice that my style direction is very minimal and simplicity never goes out of style. So have no fear, as long as you avoid the “trendy” pieces, your summer finds will stylishly carry you through to the colder days… because they’ll come.
If you need some inspiration, check out the extensive selection of knitwear on House of Fraser, including plenty reduced in price.