Whilst browsing for last weeks picks, I found a lot of the new collections coming out are featuring some really chunky knitwear. This may not be news to you as it is obviously the time of year where EVERYWHERE will be stocking thicker knits in preparation for Autumn/Winter and the cold dark nights. However these are slightly different and it is a definite trend that’s gathering steam at the moment.
Retro knits are basically what you would normally associate when thinking of “Christmas Jumpers” – whereby they have old fashioned styles, cuts, colours and patterns running throughout the garment. Your Aunty or Gran might buy you one of these each year without it ever seeing sunlight again after boxing day! The items I want to show you today though will be the complete opposite – I guarantee you will not be able to get enough of them this year.
Think beautiful thick wools and cottons, cable knit styles, big toggle fastenings and total warmth. The big chunky knits are back this season and we can really make them work any way you like. My favourite look would be to team the knit with jeans and canvas trainers and really play down the “old man” look with youthful casual pieces surrounding it. River Island have got a really great picture on their site at the moment that describes exactly what I mean so I cut it out to the right so you have an idea of how it can work for the youngsters, or those who want to roll around in casual wear on a cold day.
The other option is to wear the knit with a more formal get up like chinos, checked shirt and big cardigan over the top. You can even go a step further and do the trousers, shirt and waistcoat combination and throw on the knit over the top to really bring an ultra modern clash and contrast. This is what makes the chunky knit just so perfect for layering – it’s versatility. It can go on as the top layer in a winter outfit (as long as it is not raining heavily) because it is so thick and warm. Buy an over sized version for added effect and wear it like a modern jacket.
Anyway check out a few of the best chunky knits I have found from the latest collections below…