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David Jones: 5 Knitwear Essentials To Stock Up On

It’s sweater weather, and we couldn’t be more excited. From the office to drinks, casual weekend catch-ups and even a supermarket run, build a wardrobe of infinite outfitting potential using just five knits.

A Cardigan:

At the heart of any well-rounded capsule wardrobe lies the humble cardigan. The cardigan takes first position in our list as it’s one of those timeless basics that keeps coming back every season. Cardigans are quite easy to style and, thanks to the cardigan’s iconic open-front design, this knit essentially doubles as both a jacket and a jumper. You can wear it buttoned up for a polished, elevated look, or open for a more relaxed, effortless finish.
Experiment styling your cardigan with a range of outfits to see what works for your wardrobe. Buttoned-up and tucked-in will work best with tailored pants, whereas a more relaxed cardigan is a match made in heaven for your favourite jeans and sneakers. For a go-to office outfit, look for a colour-match knitted skirt to pair with your cardigan, and seal the deal with a slouchy tote bag and statement boots. Start your cardigan collection off with a neutral-coloured knit in a cosy weave. Little details and variations in your cardigan help to give it a bit of personality; look for statement buttons, a deep v-neck, or even puffed sleeves.

A Crew Neck Jumper:

A blend of style and practicality, the crewneck knit is the next essential jumper you need in your wardrobe. Thanks to its simple yet sophisticated design, the humble crewneck can be paired seamlessly with a variety of bottoms, from jeans to skirts to tailored pants and beyond. Opt for soft, breathable yet warming fabrics like cotton or merino wool for all-day comfort and wearability. In terms of sleeves and cuffs, the world is your oyster as crewneck designs come in all shapes and sizes. Tapered, flared, elasticated or ribbed – go with what suits your tastes.

A Turtleneck Sweater:

Few knitted jumpers are more divisive than the turtleneck; some love them, while others steer clear. If you’re yet to fall in love with this style of knit, this season’s obsession with looser-fitting necklines in soft fabrications could be your chance. The turtleneck is a classic cold-weather essential that combines style with warmth.
Look for a knit in a neutral hue like black, navy, or camel for maximum versatility. In terms of styling, a turtleneck will go with most separates, from skirts to work pants, and even over a dress. If you feel like you’re losing your waistline under a bulk of fabric, just do a French tuck into your bottoms with your knit. Remember, effortlessness is key, so don’t be afraid to tuck and scrunch to your heart’s content.

A Cashmere Knit:

There’s a reason that cashmere knits are so highly regarded in the fashion world. Notoriously soft and wonderfully warming, from cosy sweaters to elegant cardigans, you’ll never go wrong with a cashmere knit in your rotation. While the higher price tag might make you a little uneasy, a cashmere jumper is a worthy investment that any true fashionista will attest to as it’s the softest and warmest yarn, and it’s also incredibly durable. This means that with the right care, your trust cashmere knit can last you through countless seasons to come.
If this is your first cashmere knit, look for a more classic style to ensure wearability. A knit in black, cream, greys and other neutrals is a great place to start. As your capsule wardrobe grows, you’ll be able to introduce a variety of colours and styles.

A Striped Jumper:

The final winter jumper essential: a cosy striped knit. From nautical stripes to bold graphic lines, subtle strips to colour blocks, a striped jumper adds an instant pop of visual interest to any outfit. Whether you prefer the cosy comfort of a chunky yarn pullover or the sleek silhouette of a fitted knit, a stripy jumper adds a level of effortless sophistication to any ensemble.
For a casual weekend look, you can easily mix and match them with other seasonal staples in your wardrobe, such as your go-to pair of jeans, a trench coat, or your favourite winter boots. For the office, pair your stripy knit with solid-coloured separates for a chic contrast, or mix and match it with other patterns for something more daring. You can always channel your inner Parissien fashionista, and sling your striped knit around your shoulders.

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