November 12, 2012 by ginafashionistar
Image from Lorna Watt at Flickr creative commons
When winter arrives, there’s one thing you need in your wardrobe to help keep you warm – a good jumper. Whether you call it a jumper, sweater, pullover or jersey, they all mean the same thing – a cosy, knitted garment you can wear on its own or over a range of other items to help keep you warm when the temperatures drop.
The number of different ways women’s knitwear can be worn is almost endless, but many women find themselves stuck in a rut of wearing baggy, shapeless sweaters that hide their figure and make them look as though they are dressed for an expedition to the Arctic.
But women’s clothing is about expression and showing off the best parts of the body, as well as being able to identify you body shape and how to dress for it. There are many different types of knitwear out there and they can all be worn in different ways, depending on the occasion and what they are teamed with.
Jumpers can be great for the office when teamed with a smart skirt, tights and heels. Check out the outfit Kate Bosworth wore to the Burberry show at London Fashion Week at the beginning of the year. Burberry Prorsum’s Autumn/Winter 2012-13 collection was full of cute animal motif jumpers, which were teamed with smart tweed pencil skirts, colourful bow-detail belts and structured jackets.
Finer knits like these are perfect with pencil skirts for winter and can also be worn with a shirt or blouse underneath to smarten up the look a little more. They need to be quite a fine knit – and not too baggy – so they can tuck into the top of the skirt.
But the term knitwear doesn’t just apply to jumpers and sweaters. Jumper dresses can be a wardrobe staple for the winter months, provided you style them correctly and don’t let them swamp your frame. Stella McCartney showed colourful jumper dresses with plenty of structure at her Autumn/Winter 2012-13 show. Worn with heels and nude or low-denier black tights these are the perfect cosy yet stylish attire for the office.
Of course, there are times when you don’t want to look smart and the weekend is the time for dressing down and relaxing. Whether your look is ultra-polished or more laid back, there will be a way for you to incorporate jumpers into your wardrobe.
Fashionista Olivia Palermo has been spotted out and about in several fantastic sweaters recently and has demonstrated perfectly how a chunky knit can still look glamorous when worn with the right accessories. Pictures show the socialite strolling around Paris with her boyfriend Johannes Huebal wearing a chunky knitted great jumper with a roll neck, ultra-skinny blue jeans, grey ankle boots and a burgundy handbag.
By keeping her colours neutral and tonal, Palermo ensures the outfit stays sophisticated and expensive-looking, even though it’s a pretty standard jeans-and-jumper combo. Sunglasses instantly add a glamorous touch, while her chunky gold cuff and ring add a subtle and expensive-looking bit of bling to her attire.
If you prefer a more dressed down appearance, Alexa Chung is the perfect style inspiration and a fan of the shirt-under-jumper look. Team a pair of skinny jeans with black ankle boots, a blouse or shirt and a jumper for an instantly stylish off-duty look that’ll keep you cosy. A leather jacket finishes off the outfit perfectly.
A great jumper shouldn’t be about hiding away and women’s knitwear is an essential and versatile addition to any wardrobe that you will turn to time and time again.