These chilly days of our Southern hemisphere winter got me thinking of my favourite “go to” wardrobe item for this time of year.
Yes, that’s right, the humble sweater, or jumper as we refer to it in Australia.
In my opinion it can be one of the sexiest items of clothing a woman can possess.
It’s just how you wear it!
For decades we have worn variations of this closet staple. really, from our first days as a new born babe to our last on this earth, I would hazard a guess that this piece could be found in the majority of women’s possession.
Personally, I love all incarnations of this piece, but there is nothing quite like slipping on a cashmere turtleneck to make you feel a million dollars.
You can channel practically any look in a sweater, mix it up from one day to the next.
Feeling like a sixties vibe, why not go beatnik with a black and white striped number pared with black cigarette pants and patent leather brogues.
I have seen a fabulous example by IRO, but I’m sure the high street stores have some great ones too.
Why not try “Boho Chic” with an oversized jumper in a mohair blend.
Team this with skinny jeans, biker boots and a cross body satchel and you’re good to go.
Bassike the label had me swooning over their roll neck dove grey cashmere-silk mix cropped version.
I loved that they used such a luxurious blend of yarns in such a casual design. Too die for!
But let’s not forget one of my favourite looks “Mad Men” ’50’s style, a super fitted turtleneck in your most flattering hue.
Remember, as this neckline is right against your face, it has be spot on for colour.
Uniqlo have a great colour selection at an excellent price point.
Add a mid-length pencil skirt (or a full circle skirt if you are pair shaped) and pointed toe pumps. Sexy is the word.
Another variation I love is the knitted dress.
Just an extension of the jumper really.
Stunning with a 3/4 length coat and a statement necklace and knee high boots, it’s an easy look that most can pull off.
Choose the style to suit your body shape, be it fitted to the knee or flared from the hip.
If you are a curvy girl a thicker gauge wool will suit perfectly.
You don’t have to spend a fortune on sweaters.
As I said before Uniqlo have a great choice.
If you’re feeling decadent choose an investment piece in a classic colour.
It will stand the test of time and Burberry is a great place to start.
Black, navy, grey or white tick that box.
By keeping it classic, you are sure to wrap up in your choice every winter.
While in Spain, I invested in a divine black cashmere sweater with a subtle shawl collar.
Believe me, this winter I have hardly taken it off!
The cut is relaxed and the weight perfect.
It has me hankering for a weekend in the country, or maybe just a roaring fire and a good glass of red.
Would have to say I also have a penchant for cardigans.
Not the baggy, shapeless grandpa style, but the form fitting “50’s style.
Wheels and Dollbaby is the place for these.
Their “Dita” cardigan named for the gorgeous bombshell Dita Von Teese, is adorable.
Slim fitting with 3/4 sleeves, it is gorgeous in a deep emerald green with black embroidery.
So you see knitwear doesn’t have to be boring and just about warmth, it can be a fashion statement too.
Remember when a very young Diana, Princess of Wales wore the now infamous Koala jumper on her first tour “down under”.
The press went wild and the piece sold out almost immediately.
Designed by industry doyennes Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson for their Flamingo Park Boutique, it was bold and colourful just like the ’80’s.
It may not be to everyone’s tastes, but it put Australian fashion on the map.
And as a parting thought, I don’t think I alone in saying that there is nothing more heavenly than stealing your lovers jumper.
There is something so intimate about wearing a piece of your partners clothing.
Love the feeling of “smallness” whenever I pull on one of my husband’s sweaters.
The softness and the scent make me imagine I’m wrapped in his arms.
Nothing gets cosier that that for me.
Jo Bayley, Fashion Editor, The Culture Concept Circle, 2015