Winter is well and truly here in Scotland, no idea where it came from but that cold weather has arrived. Was a bit of a shock to the system the other night popping outside after a day in the cosy house to find it freezing cold outside. I’ve said it before, I’m a real winter girl give me cosy knitwear over sundresses any day (this is what happens when you grow up in Scotland). I don’t think it’s any secret that I think everyone should invest in quality knitwear (read why I think you should be buying wool and my complete knitwear guide). If you look after it a good jumper should last you for years so it is well worth investing a little more on quality. But with so many options out there it can be hard to know what type of knitwear to purchase and what you will actually use for years to come. So today I’m sharing 3 key knitwear pieces everyone should have in their winter capsule wardrobe, which will not only work this winter but for years to come.
The Basic Turtle Neck
Turtleneck, polo neck, roll neck whatever you want to call it a basic high neck jumper is an essential to any winter wardrobe. Trust me when I say this will be one of the most versatile pieces of knitwear in your wardrobe. Wear it underneath your summer dresses, shirts or even other jumpers, this is such a useful layering piece. They also look great worn alone. I prefer the tight fitting ribbed styles as they are easier to layer, but there are plenty of looser fitting options around. My turtleneck is a fine merino wool one from Uniqlo but nearly every shop has their own version in store just now so you’re sure to find one to suit your budget. The cheapest I’ve found is this one from New Look at only £7.99 and on the more expensive end is this 100% cashmere one from Everlane (ethically made)
The Fine Knit
A good quality fine knit is so useful on those milder days or if your inside a heated building all day. Look out for smarter options which are suitable for work to stay warm in the office. I always find a slimmer fit looks smarter if you’re wearing it to work. A slimmer knit is also handy if you are planning to wear a thicker coat, as it prevents you from overheating. My fine knit is a merino wool one from Whistles, it has knot details on the sleeves which create some interest in an otherwise plain knit (they also have a sparkly version, perfect for Christmas). If you want something a little more luxurious Brora (ethically made) have a great range of cashmere knits. I love this simple merino wool jumper from Uniqlo and this soft yarn one from ASOS. There are plenty of lightweight knitwear options in stores just now.
The Chunky Knit
My third must have knitwear piece is the super cosy chunky knit. Perfect for those freezing cold days where nothing else will do. My chunky knit is from Finisterre* and has the biggest chunkiest roll neck ever (it’s like a super cosy neck brace). It’s a little too warm for our current weather but I can see this being so useful when the freezing cold weather really hits in January. I can imagine wearing this with my winter boots for walking the dog in the snow. Chunky knit jumpers come into stores every year and are an essential piece if you live in the North like me. For more ethical options try Finisterre (where mine is from) People Tree (I love this one) or Ally Bee (this one is beautiful). ASOS have a massive range as do most other high street stores so you’re sure to find one to suit your budget. Look for high wool content for the cosiest jumpers, 100% wool or cashmere will help you super warm and are well worth the investment.
With these 3 different knits in your capsule wardrobe, you will be able to stay warm (and stylish) all winter. And trust me if these can keep me warm during a cold Scottish winter they will work for you. Also, you may have noticed I moved out of the home studio for today’s pictures, I’d love to know what you think of the different location. I have to admit it was quite nice sitting on the sofa for half an hour and calling it work. And yes my socks have woodland creatures on them!
*Finisterre kindly gifted me this jumper, as usual, all thoughts and opinions are my own