If wrapping yourself up in a rainbow of soft angora, buttery cashmere or lightweight cotton knits sounds appealing, you’ll be happy to know the season is awash with knitwear with a side of a sunny disposition. This edit is full of versatile purchases to spark joy and accompany you through the awkward temperatures as we change season. The gauge is gently dropping, but it’s not yet cold enough for substantial winter layers. And if you’re about to take advantage of the open border and have travel pencilled in on your calendar, you’ll find knits are the perfect packable travel essentials. Have fun and inject some life into your closet with these latest woven wonders.
Kate Sylvester Etta top, $299
If you look closely, almost all of Kate Sylvester’s collections will include an iteration of this knitted T-shirt. Each time it’s an item perfect for layering, easy care and equally as wearable with suiting or weekend wear. This season, the Etta tee is 100% merino, features a diamond weave, and is available is this rich magnolia-hued magenta or deep mahogany.
Wynn Hamlyn bubble knit tennis dress, $450
Although it might seem like a bold colour selection, this tennis-ball neon green from Wynn Hamlyn is a surprisingly easy shade to wear. It looks great teamed with white shirting or blue denim, and this piece works equally as well worn as a mini dress or as a longline tunic over wide pants. Hamlyn has cemented for himself a reputation as a man who knows a stand-out knit, and this piece is a banger.
Christopher Esber Deconstruct open-back dress, AU$795
Christopher Esber knit dresses are spectacular, but I find they’re often either completely backless or feature extreme cut-outs around the midsection – great for some but tricky for most. The Deconstruct dress, on the other hand, offers Esber’s signature peep of flesh with an elegant reveal of the shoulder cap. Sign me up.
hej-hej Mellowpuff knit, $250
Even the nostalgic name for the garment, “Mellowpuff”, makes me smile. I can’t go past the words used in-house to promote this knitted T lovingly created with certified mohair: “She comes across as placid, but let those sleeves move and she is the wind beneath your wings. Let her be your Kenny.” That’s a yes from me.
Etro ribbed-knit skirt, $1120 from Net-A-Porter
A mid-length tangerine dream, this skirt from the ever-colourful Etro packs a powerful punch. Pair with something muted on the top or embrace full saturation and mix with another pigment-rich sunshine tone such as canary yellow, apricot or persimmon.
Rodebjer Priscilla vest in Sun Ray, $495, from Muse
Remember when we reached for knits only in the staple colours of navy, charcoal and black? In hindsight, that was boring! Collections of late are packed to the rafters with colour and it feels invigorating, so alternative choices are easy. Equally, if you’re over 40 and seeing some of the colour change in your face, wearing colour can be very flattering.
Palm Angels mohair knit, $657 from Farfetch
A soft, wispy mohair blend knitted in a loose-stitched oversized jumper lends itself to the shoulder season, when leaving in the morning can often land us either overheated or underdressed. Lilac and red make magical bedfellows, so if you’re up for it, pair with a bold-red matte lipstick. My go-to shade is the iconic Ruby Woo from MAC cosmetics.
Jardin des Orangers ribbed-knit pants, $634 from MyTheresa
I find knit pants oh so liberating. All the comfort you could possibly dream of, and with the right pair, chic enough for the office. Wool is great, but 100% cashmere is just something else. Feel fancy and free in these boot-cut wonders from Jardin des Orangers.
Jil Sander bag, $1062 from MyTheresa
Not exactly knitted per se, but a texture giving a not-so-subtle nod to the woven arts. A standout piece to elevate any look, and wonderful worn against a contrasting iris, lavender or magenta.
Joseph knitted skirt, $658
Cornflower blue and understated, this co-ord from Joseph is a timeless, elegant ensemble. But it’s not like any your grandmother used to wear. It nods to the 1970s redux trend and would work incredibly well with lug-soled sneakers or boots to offset its femininity.