Ahead of the curves

With knitwear in vogue this win­ter, our fash­ion ex­pert ad­vises on how to en­sure that chunky looks funky on you

The Jewish Chronicle - - FEATURES - BY SARAH TANKEL

Sarah Tankel is a GMTV stylist and fash­ion writer

SEEK OUT t h o s e l o n g - n e g l e c t e d nee­dles and un­ravel that ball of wool — knit­ting, and knitwear, i s the hot trend this win­ter. A l t h o u g h not just any k n i t w e a r will do — this sea­son, it is over­sized knits that are re­ally in. On the cat­walks, Giles Dea­con wowed the crowds with gi­gan­tic scarves, Stella McCart­ney cap­ti­vated the masses with gi­ant stitch cardi­gans, and So­nia Rykiel fas­ci­nated the fash­ion pack with jumbo knit dresses. If one thing is for sure, big­ger re­ally is bet­ter.

There are, how­ever, cer­tain tricks to bear in mind when wear­ing th­ese gar­gan­tuan get-ups if you want to avoid full Miche­lin Man sta­tus. Pri­mar­ily, when go­ing big on top, keep things lean at the bot­tom. Re­mem­ber this at all times.

Chunky cardis and size­able sweaters are great ev­ery­day ba­sics and are sur­pris­ingly flat­ter­ing if worn cor­rectly. Cinch­ing in at the waist will show off that sil­hou­ette, while bal­anc­ing out the vol­ume. For a more cat­walk look, go XXL and wear th­ese knits as dresses. It is all about play­ing with pro­por­tions here. Again, avoid full-on frumpi­ness by belt­ing in at the mid­dle. For the fin­ish­ing touch, add cable knit tights and killer heels. Or trans­form that colos­sal cardi into a coat, just like the fashionistas. Wear it over your fave tu­nic or beloved den­ims.

As for scarves, make sure they are su­per-long and wrap them around you as many times as you can han­dle. You will never be cold again.

Pri­mark’s chunky cream scarf is the bar­gain of the cen­tury. And for £3, you might as well buy one in ev­ery colour. Love it!

Is it a jumper? Is it a dress? This cable-knit cover-up is so ver­sa­tile. Have fun dress­ing it up or down. Dorothy Perkins, £30

Ka­liko’s ver­sion of the chunky ca­bleknit tu­nic comes in lime to cheer up the bleak win­ter days. It is £59.99

Oa­sis’s gor­geous grey cardi­gan (£60) has got must-have writ­ten all over it. It is the per­fect win­ter wardrobe sta­ple

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