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How to wear knits from now until next summer

How to wear knits from now until next summer

Who doesn’t love a big, chunky knit? It’s the cold-weather season’s feel-good piece, like wearing a cup of hot chocolate. But there’s also something to be said for a knit that doesn’t require sub-zero temperatures to throw on – the kind you can wear as a standalone piece on cool summer days and layer up when autumn’s chill sets in. It might not be a bear hug in knitwear form, but it’s pretty damn practical, and means you’ve got something to build looks around from now until it gets hot again.

What we love about a strong transitional piece like a lightweight knit is that when it’s styled thoughtfully, it can be worn effortlessly from season to season, which means you don’t have to overhaul your wardrobe every time the thermometer dips. One of the best examples of such styles is a simple crewneck knit. You can’t go wrong by choosing one in your standard navys, blacks, and tans, but if you want to keep the maximalism momentum going from summer, opt for the lightweight statement knit – think of it as the cold-weather answer to summer’s printed shirts.

“During late summer and early autumn, it can serve as a bold standalone piece that can we worn everywhere from more casual office settings to easy weekend wear,” says Thread stylist Millie Rich. “It makes a statement, even if you pair it with your everyday jeans.” And once the cold front strikes, simply throw on a long-sleeved tee underneath and a winter jacket in a solid shade on top, and you’ll lend a dreary winter day a bit of colour.

In terms of key layering pieces, the cardigan is a classic, but if you tend to steer clear of the scholarly style out of fear of looking like a substitute teacher, consider a more contemporary take. “I’m loving the casual spin on the cardigan,” Millie says. “It’s proof that old-school styles don’t have to appear dad-ish. What’s really convenient about cardigans in particular is they can be buttoned-up or down depending on the exact time of year.”

Speaking of looking smart, there are plenty of transitional knits available that are great for the office or dressier settings. Millie’s top pick: a long-sleeved knit polo shirt. It’s much softer and more comfortable than a standard button-down shirt, while achieving that same put-together factor.

“Style it with some formal trousers – a houndstooth pair works well – and brogues during late summer or early autumn, and you’ve got a polished yet unstuffy workwear look,” she says. As you enter into colder-weather territory, simply add a blazer and some Chelsea boots. Then during winter, reach for a heavyweight jacket, like a pea coat or a trench for a look that guide you from work to drinks to the weekend with ease. A knit that can be worn seamlessly in three different seasons and situations? The chunky knit can wait.

Words: Allison Pavlick
Photography: Jamie Stoker
Styling: Millie Rich