Knit wits know best

LOOK­ING COOLER: Check out luxe lay­ers as au­tumn looms ever larger. Stephanie Smith goes in search of per­fect in­door/out­door dress­ing.

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S sum­mer slips aways and we move gen­tly into au­tumn’s soft chills and ripen­ing shades, re­flec­tive and in bit­ter­sweet mood, the time comes to pre­pare for win­ter with its chal­lenges, and charms.

But we’ll not let the sum­mer go quite so quickly. Late Au­gust and Septem­ber is when many of us like to take a UK break, maybe es­cap­ing to a favourite place by the sea or in a coun­try hidey-hole.

We ac­cept that the weather will be un­pre­dictable by its very na­ture at this time of year, warm and golden at noon, tor­ren­tial rain by tea time, and we must pack and dress for all pos­si­bil­i­ties.

Start with knitwear as the au­tumn col­lec­tions are en­ter­ing the stores now, be­gin­ning with beau­ti­ful light pieces in fine cash­mere and merino, per­fect for lay­er­ing. Two pieces are a knitwear trend we’ll be see­ing a lot of, so look out for knit­ted tu­nic dresses with match­ing long cardi­gan and also twin­sets of fine knit sweater and cardi.

Ac­tu­ally, knitwear in it­self is a ma­jor trend for au­tumn/win­ter and there’s a feel­ing that it has tran­si­tioned into an ex­cit­ing and even stun­ning way to make a fash­ion state­ment. For au­tumn/win­ter, Stella McCart­ney cre­ated grey chunky rib asym­met­ric cowl neck over-pieces, like a cross be­tween a dress and a back to front shin-length cape, while Kenzo lay­ered berry coloured snoods with red shawls and han­ker­chief hem skirts.

A cape is per­fect for a short break away, and a knit one es­pe­cially, as it folds into a case with­out ever seem­ing to come to much harm. Look out for ones with furry trim for an ex­tra dash of cosy glam­our. A light cash­mere cape, at a length that suits but not too long, also makes a great in­doors cover-up, and it’s the per­fect trav­el­ling com­pan­ion for planes and trains.

Gilets are another handy in­door/out­door piece, and there are quite a few op­tions about for the au­tumn/win­ter, in faux fur, and also in shear­ling and al­paca. Team with slim jeans and a cash­mere jumper, and they also can work well over a knit­ted dress, with boots.

For in­doors, the loungewear look is be­com­ing more and more ac­cept­able as it be­comes ever more luxe and nat­u­ral. Look to The White Com­pany and Har­ro­gate­based Pure Col­lec­tion for pieces that are far too lovely for only your fam­ily and the post­man to wit­ness.

Two pieces are a knitwear trend that we’ll be see­ing a lot of.

CAPE CHEER: Main pic­ture, Done­gal cape, £140, from Celtic and Co; top right, hu­mane al­paca dress­ing gown cum long cardi, £220, by Sa­man­tha Holmes; bot­tom right, drop shoul­der V-neck tee, £49, blacks leg­gings, £28, The White Com­pany.

FALL IN LINE: Grey and black panel coat, to come for au­tumn from Northaller­ton-based Nee­dle at www.needle­bou­tique.com.

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