It is bloody freezing outside. There’s no getting away from winter now, especially as it is getting dark around tea break time and Christmas is knocking at the door. All of this means one thing: knitwear. Well all of this means lots of things: mulled wine, party season, Secret Santa, but today we’re going to bypass the festive craziness and focus on how to stay warm and look great when you’re getting ready for work and the Mercury is hovering around zero.
Many women, especially those who work in corporate offices, tell us that they struggle with what to wear in winter. But knitwear isn’t only the preserve of slouchy Sunday mornings. In fact, fine knits – Phanella has done an expert edit below – look elegant under strong tailoring, and swishy summer dresses. Don’t pack away all of those lovely florals just yet; if you’re clever and you have the right fine knits, these dresses will happily keep working for your well past Christmas. Not just that, fine knits also work with tailoring, and alone with a fab skirt or a pair of slacks in place of a silky blouse.
Here are Phanella’s tips for finding your perfect corporate-friendly fine knit:
- Make it interesting: corporate doesn’t have to mean dull. For me, a balloon sleeve or ruffle adds femininity to your whole outfit whilst staying office appropriate.
- Quality is key: fine knits can easily pull so ensure you go for the best quality you can find. Note: this doesn’t have to mean expensive. Some of my favourite knits are high street gems.
- Embrace colour: a pink, red or emerald green knit is a simple way to add a seasonal splash of colour to your work look.
PHANELLA’S CORPORATE KNITWEAR EDIT:
If, on the other hand, you’re more of an Alice, and your Slouchy Sunday garb, is basically also your Go To Workwear, then scroll on for some super knits. Because this winter, jumpers have gone chunkier than ever and not just that, they are looking majorly fabulous. There are more colours around, quirky details (this pink Ganni number below, has a dreamy black bow at the back of the neck), and plenty of highstreet offerings that look expensive and wash well too.
Chunky jumpers also work well with summer dresses, but Alice would wear hers big and slouchy over the top, or with a pair of wide-leg trousers and trainers, for something a bit smarter and more office ready.
Here are Alice’s tips for buying your perfect chunky knit:
- Look for small details: focus on open knit designs, plenty of embellishment or a modern take on the classic Fair Isle.
- Be aware of shape: find jumpers with long tighter knit cuffs as these help smarten the arms, and pick jumpers that have the same tighter shape around the waist; then they can be tucked in, and don’t look cumbersome.
- Layer, layer, layer: over dresses, on top of pretty Victorian blouses, or underneath a sharp blazer; chunky knits have multiple guises and don’t need to look causal at all.
ALICE’S CREATIVE KNITWEAR EDIT:
Just for the record, we wrote this while Alice was wearing a eye-wateringly bright H&M jumper, and Phanella looked all sleek and sophisticated in ruffled J Crew. You know us, we practice what we preach. Now, click on to find your perfect jumper, because no one can work effectively when their extremities have lost feeling. Be warm team, and look fab too.