winter knits
Gone are the days when knitwear meant a frumpy cardigan that your grandma knitted you. Now you can get women’s knitwear in every style possible from dresses, jumpers and cute little cable knit tops to tights, bags and skirts. Knitwear has featured on all this season’s biggest catwalks and it’s the knitted jumper that’s come up trumps and taken centre stage.

Now we have established which power item to wear this season, what are the best ways to wear the knitted jumper?

Oversized, chunky and warm
There’s nothing nicer than crawling into a huge chunky knit jumper and feeling super warm, cosy and ready to face the cold winter weather. Pair an oversized knitted jumper with leggings or a pair of your comfiest jeans for a casual day out lunching with the girls or simply to add a fashionable edge to an autumn stroll in the country.

Turn your everyday jumper into a perfectly smart working outfit by teaming it with a shirt underneath. It is the perfect ‘preppy’ look to give you the right mix of smart and casual or ‘smasual’ if you’re down with the latest lingo. You can team it with smart trousers for a smarter look, jeans to dress it down, or even a skirt to add an extra slice of femininity.

On a night out
Opting for a jumper as part of your outfit on a night out solves that age old debate of whether or not to wear a coat. With a streamlined jumper you can look the part without dragging extra layers around with you. What’s more, you can keep nice and snug at the same time. The jumper has been propelled to a whole other level with embellishment, lacy additions and fancy motif designs. For all the trend kittens, I suggest you pair your winter best with a pair of leather (or leatherette) trousers and some killer heels.

It’s Chriiiiistmaaaas
The Christmas jumper is a tradition – some may go as far to say an institution – and thus definitely deserves to be one of the ways to wear a knitted jumper this year and every year. You can opt for the old school home knitted jumper with a chirpy Christmas character on for full impact, and a knitted winter scene also seems to get everyone in the mood for some festive fun. To keep it cool, you can’t go wrong with a little bit of embellishment or glittered thread.

winter fashion
The temperatures are dropping, the air is crisper, and A/W 2012 fashion has hit the high street with a vengeance! Obviously, while the weather gears up to get colder and colder we are ready and waiting with a bevy of trends that are fun, elegant and – most importantly – warm.

What should we be stocking up on? My vote goes to knitwear (which seems to have taken on a life of its own in 2012); the bigger and chunkier your knits the better. Knitted cardigans in a range of colours, prints and patterns have been brightening up the rails of high street stores since September with ‘oversized’ and ‘extra large’ being the most popular requests from the changing rooms. Thanks to fashion big hitters like Balenciaga, Chloe and Gucci almost everything is set to be larger-than-average this winter. Expect to see those in the fashion-know wearing jumpers, snoods and cardigans in a size bigger than usual and more than likely wearing them all at once – the more layers the better.

If you really want to up the fashion ante, ensure that your chunky knit is geometric.  Checks, stripes and graphic shapes are taking over where animal prints left off last year and with this trend applying to dresses, tops and coats as well, there’s no excuse for mono-colour this winter. You also have the option of adding a sheen to your soft winter woollens by teaming them with something super shiny! Patent leathers, PVC and rubberised rainwear are slick, sexy and – better still – will keep you dry as you wade through the inevitable puddles.

Another Autumn heavy-hitter is the military trend. Many designers. from Victoria Beckham to Salvatore Ferragamo. have been favouring the tougher, more precise cut of military wear. Despite being influenced by the men in boots, this season the military trend uses  much softer materials than your average Squaddie kit. With a tailored finish, the military coat flatters in all the right places and avoids the incredibly heavy silhouette of many winter coats.

While military focuses on exacting tailoring, there is always room in your wardrobe for cuts that emphasise your womanly shape. Silhouettes with peplums and panniers are trickling into every major retailer and are the best way to celebrate women’s curves. Simplest tip? Work the 50s movie star look and invest in the brightest, reddest lipstick you can find to complement your outfit.

A quick recap, then: This winter you can choose to wrap it all up in chunky woollies, express your creative side with prints and patterns and work your figure in military wear and womanly silhouettes. Something for everyone, as they* say.

*The voices in my head.