Forget about the statement T-shirt, go with a novelty knit
Gone are the days where neutral and understated sweaters were something you wore just to keep warm. The statement sweater is a key piece in itself, that can be the focus of your entire look. And no we're not talking about the kind of sweater the Smith family is forced to wear by mama Jada Pinkett-Smith come Christmas, or something that would win first prize at an ugly sweater party. Seen at Gucci, Coach and Marni, these novelty knits are all about colour, texture and detailing. Whether you prefer a tongue-in-cheek motif, a vintage aesthetic, a dramatic shape or simply a colourful graphic pattern, there’s something for every personality.
Knitwear can be a bore during dreary winters or rainy days, so adding some bright hues, unique cuts and fancy embroidery will keep it fun and fabulous. Wear it with a pair of jeans and heels when you’re running late for an appointment and you’ll ace the effortlessly cool vibe, or toss it over a flowy floral dress to have your very own masculin féminin moment. If you're layering this look, avoid going with long and oversized silhouettes that may look too sloppy and casual, and give big and bulky sweaters with a chunky, cable knit a miss. The shapes to go for? Slim and form fitting knits that can even be worn under a sleeveless dress.
Stripes are a timeless staple that you're likely to already have in your wardrobe, but it’s also a great way to adopt this trend if loud prints and logos are not your things. For a more homespun and kitschy take on this trend, there’s the option of patchwork, florals and 3D embellishments. Like the cozy heirlooms you’ll find in your mum or grandmother's closets, these novelty knits are the perfect combination of eccentric and offbeat. Or if you don't have the luxury of a family closet to rifle through, head to a cool thrift or vintage store on your next vacation to unearth some great finds. Don’t forget to accessorise with other, vintage-inspired picks like pearl box bags and seashell earrings and mix them up with micro-sunglasses, for a fresh and Insta-worthy interpretation.