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I can’t imagine that ‘party’ will be the first word that comes to mind when we look back on the year we’ve had, but even with the constraints of social distancing and various limiting regulations that have recently become our reality, I think it’s fair to say that we will all find a way of celebrating the truly important things in life, one way or another. I never thought I’d see the day that I’d be encouraging you all to wear trackies on New Year’s Eve. But in all seriousness, there’s no reason why this year’s events, or lack thereof them, means we need to pull out our oldest pj’s and slunk ourselves into bed before midnight. I’m sure that a few socially distanced office and friends lunches will still be very much on the cards, which is enough of an occasion to pull out our season’s finest.

We may not be sporting our most extravagant frocks and hitting the dancefloor in sky-high heels, but I am personally welcoming a change in mindset, mirrored in my winter aesthetic. This year, the good old modest jumper is here to save the day in its newfound glory. While we all love a slinky dress or lust-worthy pair of shoes, neither of them exactly facilitate a throw-on-and-go, or desk-to-drinks kind of vibe, which is exactly what we all need right now. 

The autumn/winter runways were absolutely teeming with an eclectic range of knits this year; from embellished necklines and shoulders, to bold buttons and statement sleeves. The best part is that they can be dressed up or down, according to your needs. The days of not wanting to ruin our barely-there festive dresses with chunky coats and jackets are long gone. A statement jumper will be your best friend on a cold Monday morning just as much as on a chilly Friday evening.

See below just a few examples of why knits in all shapes and sizes are going to be our festive/winter saviour this season. 

A throw-on-and-go, or desk-to-drinks vibe is exactly what we all need right now.

CARDIGANS 

While winter is certainly not my season of choice, I must admit that there isn’t much that excites me more than knit jumpers and cardigans. Woolly cardigans are all the rage this year in almost every single iteration imaginable, and the best part is that they can actually look extremely elegant (are they’re super easy to style too). Tuck one into a pair of high-waisted jeans or faux leather trousers and pair with some chic boots and minimal jewellery, and you’ve got yourself an outfit that can translate perfectly from the desk to festive drinks. And speaking of boots, I’m happy to report that it’s time to ditch the stilettos; an idea I am more than happy to get on board with. Conveniently, chunky boots are very much holding onto the spotlight for the foreseeable future, so you don’t need to worry about the age-old ‘what shoes to wear on a winter’s night out?’ conundrum. 

SPARKLES

The pared-back, minimalist aesthetic has been booming for several seasons now, so what better way to shake things up for the upcoming festivities than with some sparkly knits? The trend is particularly timely of course, and if you’re anything like me, you tend to avoid festive jumpers like the plague. But a sparkly statement knit will fulfil the same requirements in a much more chic and elegant way, not to mention the fact that they make for a perfect layering piece, whether you opt to wear one under a pinafore style jumpsuit or even with a slip dress. 

The trend is particularly timely

FRINGING & PUFF SLEEVES

Now that I truly feel like a knitwear veteran, I’ve moved on from basics (as much as I still love them) and now tend to look for interesting details that really catch my eye, be it a quirky neckline or subtle embellishments like puffed sleeves or fringing.  Statement knits have an innately rare ability to bring both warmth and style kudos to pretty much any outfit. 

PRINTS & COLOURS

Muted palettes have unsurprisingly reigned supreme for the past few years, thanks to the versatile potential of all variations of nude and camel shades. While these are still very much on-trend, bold colours and prints are making their way to the forefront and could be just the thing to pep up your wardrobe this winter.

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