No matter what trends are in vogue, autumn fashion always revolves around knitwear. Good knitwear is not only essential during the colder months, it’s a style staple. And the new season brings with it a new range of women’s knitwear that has been designed to either freshen up your existing wardrobe or complement the hottest new looks.
Women’s knitwear for A/W 2017 pays tribute to some of the year’s biggest trends - think varsity prints, 90s grunge, and statement shoulders; as well as introducing a few chic-yet-cosy jumpers into your day-to-day wardrobe.
Read on for our guide to the season’s biggest knitwear trends for women...
Cable knitAfter years in the fashion wilderness, cable knit is back. A cable knit jumper looks great layered over a buttoned-up shirt or paired with a swishy midi skirt and heels. Choose a neutral colour like this pale blue Vero Moda sweater, and wear it from now until the spring.
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Varsity knitsVarsity knits are all over the high street this season. Fitted and preppy, they are the perfect weekend standby. Wear with wide-leg trousers for a cool yet work-appropriate outfit, and with a denim mini-skirt and opaque tights in your downtime.
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Shoulder detailThe cold shoulder and Bardot looks were huge this summer, but they understandably don’t really work as well in the autumn and winter. Instead, designers have been debuting a new range of shoulder-centric knitwear. We love the bold frills on this Ted Baker sweater.
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Oversized knitwearKylie Jenner’s secret pregnancy has inadvertently kick-started an obsession with oversized knits and sweaters. Avoid awkward questions by opting for longline jumpers with statement sleeves, rather than baggy sweatshirts.
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Distressed knitwearThe 90s revival is showing no signs of slowing down. While slip dresses and DMs were huge over the summer, A/W 17 is bringing back Cobain-esque distressed knitwear. Wear over a chiffon dress, or with ripped jeans and boots to really channel the spirit of grunge.
Roll necksRoll neck jumpers are the hardest working items of the season. Choose a fine knit or ribbed version, so that you can easily layer it if need be. A smart roll neck like this Mint Velvet knit will always look sophisticated with a trouser suit, tucked into palazzo pants, or with a pleated midi skirt.
Red knitwearOne of the biggest trends from the A/W fashion shows was the colour red. Almost every single couture designer introduced red to their A/W collections, and the likes of Givenchy and Preen based entire looks around various shades of red. A plain red jumper may not seem like the epitome of elegance, but it will be the best knitwear investment you make this year.
Granny cardisAnother 90s throwback, oversized cardigans were showcased by the likes of Erdem and Christopher Kane during the A/W shows. Wear buttoned up and belted at the waist instead of a coat, or double down on the grunge trend and pile this blue ASOS cardi over a plaid shirt and jeans.