Now the dreaded clocks have changed and we have lost a precious hour of daylight its time to get cozy and hunker down for Winter. The only way I know I will get through this daylight deprivation and the winter blues is by wrapping myself up in the biggest knitwear trend to drop this season. This happens to be the Alpine knit or perhaps known better to us Brits as the faire-isle sweater.
This trend, however comfortable and snuggly, is actually horrifically difficult to wear and almost impossible to look stylish in. But, do not fear, because I am here to give you a few pointers to get the vibe just right and make sure you don’t look like you’ve stepped of a Skandi crime drama, remember Sarah Lund’s jumper in The Killing? – that is not what were going for here! Instead you will be rocking your winter woolies with confidence and that knowing smile like Lady Di’s when she wore her fair lisle jumper on her honeymoon and made it so famous all those years ago.
There is such a huge choice available but they key things to remember when trying this look out is to get the fit right – anything too big and it will just be unflattering. Go for a style that is fitted but loose enough so that the print hangs properly and doesn’t cling to your body. Fabric is key, anything scratchy is going to be mega uncomfortable so go for soft wools or even better cashmere. Colour is important, make sure it suits you and don’t opt for a shade just because you like the pattern. The base overall colour is the shade that must suit your skin tone . There are also rules when it comes to pattern too, if your bigger busted make sure that the pattern is all over the jumper you choose rather than just in the bust area as that will only amplify your assets. If you’re taller then really any pattern goes and if you are petite go for a design that is just around the collar.
(1) Vince, £510 (2) Next, £28 (3) Brora, £135 (4) Toast, £145 (5) Boden, £80 (6) Sea Salt, £79.95 (7) Barbour, £139 (8) Madewell, £120 (9) ASOS, £25 (10) Victoria Beckham, £785 (11) Joseph, £295 (12) Anya Hindmarch, £695 (13) Loewe, £625 (14) Isabel Marant, £350
I think wearing jeans looks great with these jumpers as do cords and they’re really on trend this season. I also like a biker jacket thrown over the top and a short black leather skirt and opaque tights and some ankle boots is a killer day look.
Remember this is a trend and please do not mistake the Alpine look for a Crimbo jumper, I promise you there is a difference! Here I am in my Brora jumper, having a cup of tea.