Snuggle up in style in knitwear and accessories in heritage knits. The British Isles have a long and proud history of knitwear featuring distinctive designs such as Fair Isle, Aran and Argyle knits. In the 1920’s Coco Chanel popularised knitwear designs in sporty and stylish separates and style trends for Autumn and Winter 2021-22 see a return to heritage knitwear styles such as tank tops and traditional knitwear designs.

Fair Isle designs are multi-coloured patterns and jumpers are traditionally made in the round – a technique which produces a seamless design and reduces wool wastage. Aran designs are a textured cable knit designed to create extra warmth and are traditionally the creamy white colour of undyed wool. Argyle patterns are a distinct design of diamond shapes with diagonal criss crossing lines overlaid. Crocheted designs create a looser open weaved knit. Fishermen’s jumpers are traditionally made from wool as the lanolin oil provides a natural protection against the elements.

Details such as bobbles and embroidery add style and personality to your knitted hats and garments. As hats and scarves are worn near to your face, choosing styles in your most flattering colours and neutrals is key. Softer coloured knits such as charcoal, sapphire and soft white suit those with softer colouring and bright periwinkle, ruby and ivory suit those with clearer colouring.

If you spend a lot of your time outdoors, invest in quality knitwear, coats and accessories so you can snuggle up and keep warm but still step out in style.

Try brands such as Brora for Scottish cashmere, quality knitwear and thermal tops. Trefriw Woollen Mills produce traditional Welsh tapestry bags and purses from raw wool using machines which are over 50 years old and powered by a vintage water turbine. They also sell Welsh Tapestry and Tweed for making clothing. Kettlewell are an online company that specialise in clothing including knitwear, scarves and hats in a vast array of colours to suit all colour palettes.

For more winter styling tips, see Winter Chic, Winter Warmers – Know your Neutrals and Wardrobe Game Changer- Colourful Knitwear.

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