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Why now's the time to embrace bright knitwear

Why now's the time to embrace bright knitwear

It’s not winter, but it's still not summer. Your outfit rotation could probably use a refresh. But what to wear that won’t look outlandish when the weather offers everything at once? Or on days where it’s freezing in the morning but warm in the afternoon?

Turns out, the answer is a bright jumper. It’s an easy way to bring some end-of-winter cheer to your wardrobe with a simple burst of yellow. Acne’s wool jumper, as shown here, is a bang-on-trend upgrade to your look. The key is to balance the brightness.

“I think because we’re in a transitional season between hot and cold weather, this bright jumper lends itself nicely to both,” says Thread stylist Freddie Kemp. “You’re showing that you’re starting to pick out elements that will feature in your summer wardrobe, but they’re also quite practical and warm enough given that the temperature will drop.”

“Here we’ve shown it layered, with a jacket that’s quite spring-like in colour,” says Freddie – handily proving that one of the most surprising things about the bright knitwear trend is how wearable it actually is. By taking something so statement-making, and teaming it with a pared-back outfit, you manage to tread the line between obnoxious and laudably daring.

As for materials, depending on how your skin reacts to certain fabrics, the most obvious choice to pick is cotton. It will also transition easily into warmer months. “It’s a bit more breathable and lightweight,” says Freddie. “But if you’re someone that naturally runs colder, or you don’t mind wool against the skin, then there are some great wool options out there like this one.”

So, what should you be wary of when dressing in such high-wattage pieces?

“There is a slight neon trend at the moment, so don’t be afraid to go bright,” says Freddie. “It’s quite easy to just pick out a pale yellow or a pale pink, but if you see that neon option, then do it.”

Or maybe do your version of it. After all, if you’re not comfortable in an item, your discomfort will show and will detract from any look – no matter how bright.

Words: Theresa Harold
Photography: Mark Sanders
Styling: Freddie Kemp