I may be slightly in denial about how quickly this summer seemed to fly by, but the reality is that autumn is officially on its way. As we pack away our sandals and shorts again for another year, cosy knits and jeans will be coming back to the forefront as our reliable daily uniforms, but there’s just as much to love about cosy season as there is summer sun. New-season knitwear has already landed on shopfloors, and although the temperatures haven’t dropped quite enough to comfortably wear them just yet, I’ve already picked up 3 new pieces—there’s just something about a cute and fluffy knit that adds charm to an outfit. But of course, with all of the styles currently filling the new-in sections, it’s important to figure out which styles are actually worth investing in for the long haul. And that’s where we step in.
Last winter undoubtedly belonged to the oversized turtleneck knit. Aided in part by chic brands like Toteme and high street favourites COS and ARKET, influencers were suddenly spotted in numbers sporting funnel neck jumpers, leggings and jeans. But what can we expect this years hot ticket item to be? The return of the Fair Isle knit? The cable knit cardi? I set about scouring the runways, social media and asking industry experts for that very answer.
“Knitwear defines the seasonal change and gives us that excited Christmas feeling way before it’s even winter,” says Amy Sturgis, founder of ASC Global and sustainable clothing brand CINTA. “For me, a pair of trousers, ballet pumps, and a good knit is my go-to look, and I always feel less put together in summer as the fall back option is always a dress. Layering knits always makes my outfit feel more considered.”
So, we’re in agreement that autumn opens up our range of outfit choices, and when it comes to shopping this years new season knits, there’s a veritable goldmine of styles and references to choose from.
“I like to look at vintage for inspiration when designing for CINTA,” adds Sturgis. “One of the first knits I ever designed was named after my Granny Leslie as I always used to steal her cardigans for the slightly oversized fit. We have a variation of higher cut cropped knits too, but my personal favourites are less fitted with scalloped edging. I then look to colour trends for the season ahead and go from there. Something that is unique to CINTA and we make sure to incorporate each season is our scalloped edging and wave embroidery which signifies my love for nature (you’ll see that as a running theme throughout most of our collections).
But what trends have I picked up on since last winter? Undoubtedly quiet luxury, but there are also rosettes and floral details creeping in. Also bows, which I love!
We have bought back our Classics collection which still does so well, but we have also grown up with our customer and their needs. so there is also a focus on a lighter range, featuring pretty pearls and bows.”
So, want to know the six major knitwear trends that are set to be everywhere this season before everyone else? Keep scrolling to see and shop them now. Things are about to get comfy.
Style Notes: Nothing brightens up dark mornings and grey skies quite like a cute and colourful statement knit. Unlike the novelty knits we associate with Christmas parties, these charming knits have undoubtedly chic retro appeal and could have been plucked from the shelves of a well-curated vintage store. Think 1950’s silhouettes, 1960’s embellishments, peter pan collars, and puff sleeves.
Such a cute shade of sunshine yellow.
I feel like Alexa Chung would approve.
From the bows to the contrast collar, everything about this cardigan is perfection.
The kind of cardigan you wear for evening events too.
Now this is a knit that makes an entrance.
Style Notes: This is a trend that comes down to size and fit, and now more than ever you’ll spot slouchy, oversized jumpers as options in your favourite stores. This year baggy crew necks are the look du jour, especially when styled with wide-leg trousers and chic flats for a dressy spin on masculine tailoring.
H&M’s knitwear collection is so good right now.
I’ll take this in cream, navy and bright orange.
Just add jeans and whatever shoes you fancy.
I’m copying this whole look, pronto.
You’ll wear this jumper for years to come.
Style Notes: Not sold on boyfriend sweaters? Perhaps the mini cropped jumper is for you. This teeny tiny trend showed up on the Benetton, Christian Dior and Emilia Wickstead runways, usually worn over a dress or long shirt a la Francesca Saffari (pictured above), and it might just be the ideal transitional piece for “too-warm-too-cold” autumnal weather.
This would be perfect over a white shirt.
Cropped jumpers are ideal for wearing with high-waisted skirts and trousers.
A cropped cardigan in buttermilk yellow? This cool knit manages to tick two trends at once.
The key to making a t-shirt and jeans look expensive.
Style Notes: There’s something about the stripey jumper that just won’t quit, and year after year you can expect to see it in slightly different variations. This season is channelling maritime energy, with weightier knits, buttons, and open collars that are perfectly suited to black jeans and chunky, thick soled boots. Just add a navy wool coat and you’ve got the look down to a T.
I have a feeling this is going to be very popular.
You won’t find a better jumper at this price.
Cosy soft cashmere well worth the investment.
& Other Stories best kept secret.
This also comes in the reverse cream colourway too.
Style Notes: Ever since Katie Holmes stepped out in that Khaite bra-digan, the twin set has reached new levels of cool. There’s a lot to love about the ease of putting together co-ordinating knits and a pair of jeans, and if Pia’s outfit is anything to go by, it’s also the shortcut to chic French styling.
Not only do the tank and cardigan match, there’s co-ordinating shorts too.
Charcoal grey is having a moment right now.
Team the cardigan with the ultra-cool strappy top.
Deep red always looks expensive, especially with Paige’s inky blue denim.
Style Notes: In the year that Salomons, Birkenstocks, and cargo trousers were the bestselling pieces, it’s clear that we were long overdue a Gorpcore revival. For those unfamiliar with the outdoorsy trend, anything that looks perfect for camping can be repurposed for the city and worn with a little Y2K flair. A cosy fleece is next on the list
Kaia Gerber’s most worn outfit is this Free People fleece and leggings.
A designer take on the humble teddy fleece.
Such an elegant spin on the casual classic.
Such fun colour blocking.
Conclusive proof that sage green deserves a spot in your wardrobe.