Next level knits

4 December 2017

by Isabelle Ohnemus

Next level knits

Photo: Elendeek

It’s cold and you need new clothes. New knitwear to be precise. We’ve put together a list of the trending pieces that are easy to wear and have wardrobe staying power.

Let’s go…

Shopping list

Photo: Lou Dalton/ AW17/ LFW

First up, the jersey crew. Thanks to the likes of Yeezy by Adidas, sportswear continues to move in a luxe lifestyle direction. Following suit, the jersey knit crew takes on an unstructured but boxy shape. Look out for exposed seams, dropped sleeve details and raw hem edges.

Shop On EyeFitU: Color Block jersey crew sweater (London): Michael Kors

Wrap up warm in the knitted hoodie. Now a premium piece, the casual loungewear knit takes inspiration from directional performancewear and street styles. In smooth merino yarn, hoodies feature sleeve panels and asymmetrical ribbed fronts.

Shop On EyeFitU: Double zip longline hoodie(London): Alexander McQueen

A sportif V-neck sweater should also make the cut. The trend is being driven by designers such as Alexander Wang, ensuring sportif knits stay ahead of the curve. Innovation comes in the form of micro geo pattern, bonded jersey and contrast panels. Wear yours in a relaxed fit crafted from wool.

Shop On EyeFitU: Lambswool Elbow Patch V-Neck (New York): French Connection

Star buy

If we had to choose just one knitwear staple to invest in for AW17/18, the prize goes to the roll neck. The humble design is now a key fashion item to be heralded for its versatility.

Photo: GQ Brazil/

Go for refined plains. Whether as a bright color vehicle or handy layering piece, roll necks are the new T-shirts when it comes to casual and formal looks. Keep color usage minimal (monochromes are on point, as is one color dressing). Depending on your mood, you can sway towards purist white and core neutrals or experiment with earthier tones.

Shop On EyeFitU: CASUAL AND FORMAL ROLLNECKS (Berlin): Ermenegildo Zegna, Marc Jacobs

Tailored looks have an innate preppy smartness – look out for a rich earthy shade and layer it under your favorite shirt or blazer. When it comes to occasionwear dressing, pop a roll neck knit beneath eccentric co-ords or team with a sartorial blazer for dapper elegance.

Photo: GQ Italia/ Thibaud Charon by  Van Mossevelde/

In contrast, roll necks are equally as important as a leisurewear item. Rework the 1990s and coordinate your new buy with understated sporty pieces, be it a sweatshirt or sculpted technical outerwear.

Shop On EyeFitU: Nalle Ribbed Wool Rollneck Sweater (New York): Acne Studios

As for texture, you’ll be glad to note that plush tactile yarns are in right now, meaning warm and cozy outfits. Voluminous in appearance, mid-weight roll necks are fuzzy to the touch. It’s all about comfort with mohair, alpaca or luxury cashmere choices. Elsewhere, merino wools form textured waffles, bouclé looks are back and chenille yarn gets spongy.

Don’t shy away from the cold now you know the knitwear to be seen in this season.