To the regular readers of FashionBeans, our apparent obsession with Chunky knitwear of all shapes and sizes will be all too obvious. If your new to the site, have a quick browse through the archive and you’ll see what I mean. To be honest though, I think our insatiable urge to sing the praises of knitwear from the roof tops is perfectly acceptable, it does after all offer some of the most important things we fashionable gents look for in our A/W wardrobe – comfort, style, warmth, colour, texture, shape… I’m getting carried away (you see! Obsessed). But there’s always room for one more article.
In fashion, two of the key elements are individuality and variety; every time we put on clothes we carefully consider their colour, shape and overall style. We want our clothes to work for us, so that we look good, whenever we leave the house. Perhaps a rather grand and over zealous concept to consider when we are only discussing a new pattern or design of knitwear, but I think the whole idea can be scaled back to work with separate items. All lyrical waxation aside (I’m even making up words now), lets get onto the topic, marbled knitwear.
Marbled Patterned Knits
Should you not be a fan of the quite frankly ridiculous number of Fairisle jumpers, cardigans, scarves, gloves and hats available from both high street and high end retailers, you may well be wondering, what are the alternatives? Marbled knitwear is just one of those choices. Why should you choose marbled knitwear though? One advantage it has over Fairisle for example is that it is, by its very nature, a more subtle design. Rather than playing off the slightly clichéd Christmas jumper design to introduce colour and create a focal point, we see the use of wool mixes (usually cotton, linen or acrylic) to incorporate subtle flecks of white or highlighting tones, that blend seamlessly into your entire outfit, with only the suggestion of variation, creating a much cleaner, less fussy overall look. This makes marbled knits a good choice if you should wish to include some chunky knitwear into your work/formal wear – as it offers the same diversity as other patterns, but in a much more muted, almost tailored style.
Of course, if you wish to add a shot of colour into your generally monotone winter wardrobe, you can find examples of marbled knitwear in more vibrant, but still not overly garish colours. Topman certainly is a good place to start – their use of yellows, blues and reds has produced some suitably colourful winter pieces that stand out, but don’t shout in your face. All Saints have also been experimenting with their knitted items, with their knitted jacket and grandad tops providing some welcome variation from the masses of jumpers and cardigans already available. They also serve as great layering items and layering as we all know is the key to staying warm AND stylish during the colder months.
As with many of the key items this A/W season, marbled knitwear fits in perfectly with the current trends. Layered with long sleeve t-shirts, overcoat, military boots and carrot fit cargo trousers (should you agree with such a trend) you can tap into more than one style at the same time, giving off a bohemian military vibe. Mix it with your polo, trench coat and loafers to continue the quintessential mod look, even after you finally managed to part with your Harrington (It took me an awful lot of chilly outings to finally make me hang mine up for the winter). Great versatility is it’s biggest draw, chunky knitwear works in almost every situation and you should all have at least one piece in your wardrobe, Fairisle, marbled or otherwise.
So! Do we like what we see? Is marbled knitwear a realistic alternative to Fairisle? Or is it just a bit too plain? Let me know in the comments below.