How to Style Knitwear

Emma Does Fashion
by Emma Does Fashion

Knitwear is my favourite type of clothing both to purchase and to style! A good knitwear collection will take you through nearly all seasons in the UK and it's easy to dress up or down. I often wear knitwear for evenings out because I love it so much - and I love being warm!

When putting outfits together, I try to avoid pairing jumpers with jeans unless it's especially cold. This is only because it's such a predictable way to style your knitwear and I think sometimes people forget that you can wear jumpers with skirts. Picture the models of the 1960s with their gorgeous knitted rollnecks and mini skirts! As my bust can look a little overwhelming in a rollneck, I prefer to go for something chunkier on top like this cropped knit from H&M, so it looks more casual.

If you're concerned about warmth, try pairing jumpers with midi skirts. It's surprising how much these keep you warm, and you can hide extra layers like thermals tights and thick socks underneath without anyone being the wiser.

Knitwear looks extra romantic when paired with a feminine pleated midi skirt such as this Carrie Bradshaw-inspired one from Karen Millen.

You can add interest to an otherwise neutral look with hair accessories like this bow from She's Parisian.

I wear my knits all through summer because I'm an addict. Two of my favourite pieces in my collection are my ribbed knit midi skirts - I have one in white and one in camel. To dress it up for warmer weather, I like to add a crop top (this one is knitted of course!) and some colourful accessories.

Shoes can be hard to pair with midi skirts. I'd recommend a pair of heeled mules and of course some ballet flats or slides if it's really warm.

It can be tempting for those of us with hourglass or pear shapes to always tuck our knitwear in and show our waists off. However, depending on the outfit and the style of knit, it sometimes looks better to leave the jumper untucked.

I was inspired by one of Victoria Beckham's outfits to pair this cashmere knit from Lilysilk with a pair of wide-leg trousers and heels. It's not something I would otherwise have thought to do because I'd expect a loose knit and trousers to look unbalanced together. Sometimes you just need to experiment!

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