Get in with the knit crowd

Sunday Star-Times - Sunday Magazine - - FASHION WITH KARLYA SMITH -

It’s en­tirely pos­si­ble to ac­ces­sorise your way out of a mid-win­ter dress­ing rut. This time of year, reach­ing for your warm­est coat and most weath­er­tight boots be­comes a habit each morn­ing. But adding an eye-catch­ing ac­ces­sory or two can breathe new life in to your favourite old coat, as well as dis­tract from the fact you’re wear­ing it al­most ev­ery day.

Take a few risks with your ac­ces­soris­ing – life is too short for all black ev­ery­thing. If you group your ac­ces­sories so that they co-or­di­nate tonally, you’ll get away with clash­ing pat­terns and avoid look­ing like you dressed in the dark, even though it’s likely you did.

Wool is hands-down my favourite fi­bre, for its abil­ity to breathe while in­su­lat­ing, as well as its su­per­pow­ers such as flame re­sis­tance and nat­u­ral de­odor­is­ing. Good qual­ity wools and lux­ury fi­bres such as al­paca come at a cost, but they should also last you a num­ber of sea­sons.

I’ve in­cluded a few of my favourite jer­seys of the sea­son – all re­cent re­leases de­signed for high win­ter. The com­mon thread among them is a full sleeve. It can be dif­fi­cult to stuff them into the fit­ted sleeves of a blazer or a tai­lored coat, but th­ese sweaters are too good to cover up in any case.

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