A stitch in time There’s noth­ing cosier in the win­ter than co­coon­ing your­self in knitwear

The Jewish Chronicle - - LIFE - BY TA­MARA CORIN

KNITWEAR IS soon to re­place light­weight fab­rics to en­sure you’re wrapped up for the cold. This s e a s o n, i t ’ s not sim­ply about your jumper but t he whole ensem­ble. Knitwear is lit­er­ally creep­ing down our legs with skirts, trousers, dresses and even jump­suits all making an ap­pear­ance to en­sure there’s no space for any draughts.

How­ever, knitwear is not par­tic­u­larly fig­ure- flat­ter­ing. It’s usu­ally shape­lessand­what­ev­er­shapeit­may have is not nec­es­sar­ily kind on the eye. Busts may look fuller, hips look wider and thighs look larger. So it’s no sur­prise that the head-to-toe knitwear trend hasn’t had the same big re­ac­tion it was ex­pect­ing, fol­low­ing the stun­ning de­signs on the Michael Kors and Cé­line cat­walks. Ob­vi­ously be­ing a six-foot-plus model and a size 8 (I’m be­ing gen­er­ous) dra­mat­i­cally helps with this look. Though I hate to ad­mit it, the same goes for “real” folk too. For women of smaller frames knitwear sits where it be­longs — flat with min­i­mal bumps.

But we all love a jumper no mat­ter what our size, so if the weather dic­tates that you need to add some weight to your wardrobe, stay clear of chunky de­signs that add bulk where­bulk­isnot­needed—and­noth­ing too over­sized ei­ther. Try to keep to muted colours too. You can’t go wrong with a grey cash­mere round neck that can be teamed with ei­ther week­end denim or a work suit.

For fash­ion fol­low­ers, this sea­son’s must-have buy is a knit­ted dress. It’s also worth in­vest­ing in high-qual­ity yarns that stand the test of time. Cash­mere is ob­vi­ously the crème de la crème of knitwear fab­ric but it comes with a price. Do check out Uniqlo, Gap and Marks & Spencer and Wyse Lon­don which all have an af­ford­able range of cash­mere jumpers that are sur­pris­ingly bet­ter qual­ity than many pre­mium brands.

For any woman look­ing for both com­fort and style, my best ad­vice would be to head straight to the men’s depart­ment and buy a small or medium. The siz­ing is roomier than the women’s equiv­a­lent.

Re­mem­ber, the over­all look is meant­to­be­fem­i­nine,comfy,re­laxed and time­less. So if this fits your fash­ion cri­te­ria, then knits are your an­swer to easy win­ter style.

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