5 Knits That Will Make You Wish It Was Winter Now

The best thing about?this time of year is buying knits. Throwing on a textured knit is?the sartorial equivalent of cooking one of those long and slow one-pot wonders that makes you feel both cosy and content.

This season, knitwear has been given a more directional feel, with asymmetric hems and?cut-out detailing, as well as oversized or shrunken shapes (silhouette is a key trend for AW16). Here are five of my favourite pieces from the new season collections.

Sweater dresses are a big look this year. I'll pair this with a coloured oversized scarf, a pair of cropped pants and trainers for a cool but comfy look. It would also look wonderful worn over a midi skirt (layering dresses over skirts gives you extra fashion kudos) and a pair of ankle boots.

Mohair knitted dress, €89.95 at Selected Femme

I love to layer in winter, so a cropped sweater is an important part of my sartorial arsenal. I always go oversized with cropped tops as they sit more comfortably over shirts and polos. Also, they look chic and sophisticated rather than cheap.

Shiny cropped sweater with scalloped hem, €29.95 at Zara

A turtleneck is a must-have piece this season. This fine wool-jersey polo?will work beautifully under dresses, tunics and T-shirts. I love the terracotta shade. Perfect for pale Irish skin tones like mine.


Joey wool-jersey turtleneck top, Etoile Isabel Marant, €120 at net-a-porter.com

The appliqu? detailing on this sweater?is so clever. They look like flowers, but are trimmed with zips, which creates a wonderful contrast between soft and tough. This is definitely on my wish list for winter.

Army pocket detail wool sweater, J.W. Anderson, €750 at Brown Thomas

A colour-block knit is a great way of brightening up your winter wardrobe. I love the mix of plum and mustard here. I'd pair this with a check midi skirt for a smart casual look.

Plum and mustard cashmere reversible sweater, €240 at laura-chambers.com

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