On The Runway

How To Wear It: Knitwear

Knitwear options from (left to right): Michael Kors, Doo Ri, Givenchy and Celine.

Is it just me or is Hong Kong weather seriously bi-polar? Now that it is cooling down, I thought it would be a good time to broach the topic of knitwear. While knitwear is a perennial winter favourite, it was also a big hit on the catwalks. Designers experimented with new shapes such as capes, blanket coats and cardigan coats. Here are some tips on wearing this season’s must-have pieces…

Experiment with:

Cardigan coats: Styles come belted at the waist at brands such as Etro or are worn long. It’s a great alternative to a heavy duty coat.

Alpine styles: Super tight fitted jumpers go beyond the après ski at Jil Sander and Givenchy. Take Audrey Hepburn as inspiration and pair yours with fitted trousers for a chic look.

Prints: Thanks to Givenchy it’s all about the pansy and panther printed jumpers this season. Choose something fun and make a style statement. Intarsia was also popular.

Sweater dresses: Go for loose 1960s silhouettes made from cable knit for a cosy winter look. Accessorize with knee high boots.

Fun bottoms: Pair your knitted top with a pencil skirt or leather trousers for an unexpected fashion twist.

Knitwear details: Chunky knits can make curvy girls look bulky so instead opt for knitted accents on collars of jackets, coats and on cuffs . Also play with different textures.

Balanced proportions: As knits tend to be thick and bulky, remember to balance out your proportions. If your top is heavy, then wear skinny jeans on the bottom.

Quirky scarves: Add some colour with a bold scarf. Or take cues from Lane Crawford’s “Wrapped with Love” charity programme and knit one for yourself and those in need!

Try and avoid:

Blanket coats. I cannot tell you how much I hate them, especially fringed styles. Also on my offensive list are patchwork knits and Christmas themed jumpers decorated with reindeer, penguins or other holiday paraphernalia. Don’t go there unless you want to be mocked.

As a final note, I always advise women to spend more on your knitwear. Quality is important – cheap styles are usually made from acrylic and don’t look or feel as good. Nothing beats cashmere or wool.

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