5 FRESH KNITS
By Steven Potter, 14 January 2019
The festive season may be over but that doesn’t mean knitwear is out. For 2019, we’ve got five of the freshest picks – FYI, the traditional patterns your nan might have whipped up are cooked (sorry nan) and is now key. With Craig Green, Marni and Versace all showcasing pattern-clashing goodness on their SS19 runways and neon making headway again, it's time your knitwear gets the bold-is-best treatment, too.
Saturday morning throwback
We’re not sure 'children’s TV presenter in the 90s' is a standard style influence, but maybe it should be... As exciting as finding the toy you wanted in your cereal box as a kid, this option is statement-knit gold. With a grand total of seven eye-popping can afford to tone things down with black or blue jeans, leaving you room to match some coloured kicks to one of the many shades on display.
Roll with knit
We can’t talk knitwear without mentioning the roll-neck. From sartorial traditionalists through to hip-hop megastars, the neck-nuzzling knit has catered to all tastes and remains a staple of any midwinter wardrobe. Continuing with the colourful theme of the new season, step away from your plain black favourite and try this ribbed option with a finish. Wear under a darker trench or overcoat to make the most of that vibrant, colour-mix detail.
Two of your five-a-day
Like certain American breakfast choices (we're looking at you maple syrup with bacon), this pattern clash is a prime example of two things that shouldn't work together but really, really do. Think splicing 70s dadcore vibes (that Argyle pattern) with fruity SS19 boldness. The mismatch patterning and revere collar combine to create ap-peel-ing (sorry) smart-casual vibes. Try teaming with black corduroy trousers and surprising your dad with a similar look to the one he probably rocked back in the day. Groovy.
The nu neons
Neon was seen on the runways of MSGM, Louis Vuitton and Versace last summer, so now is the time to pick up a knit in 2019's most covetable hue. If you're not quite ready for full day-glo, try this neon green and white jumper created using a space-dye technique where two (or more) differently coloured yarns are mixed together for a two-tone effect. The white yarn cools down the vivid green for an overall look that's more minty fresh than rave-ready.
Pretty (fly) in pink
If you want to stick to just the one colour this season make sure it's pink. With Fendi and Valentino making use of the cheeky colour in their SS19 collections, think of a pink pullover as an entry-level piece for adding that slightly bolder edge to your winter steez. Team this with a pair of light-washed jeans complete with optic-white kicks and you've got a colourway so clean that it’s sure to banish any dreary midwinter feels.