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There are some trends that are so ubiquitous during summer, they almost never go out of style. Floral dresses, for example. Crop tops. Slides. But sometimes fashion surprises us. One of the more unexpected trends to come out this season is the prevalence of retro knitwear. Knitwear for summer? Yes, really. And it’s a trend that transitions into FW18, seen at the likes of Prada, Erdem and Simone Rocha. From the runways to the street, knitwear is being given a vintage edge — like classic golfing sweaters or tonal '60s color palettes. And best thing about it is you can keep wearing it long after you’ve packed away your cotton dresses…

Retro knits on the runway

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Nicolas Ghesquière’s Louis Vuitton collections are forever grounded in a futuristic reality — this season, his army of models descended from a spaceship at the Louvre, in scenes curiously reminiscent of Spiceworld The Movie but with fewer platform boots. But for his knitwear, the designer took a decidedly vintage approach. The classic Scottish Argyle sweater is back, and is perfect styled with '90s-style bootleg pants and a slinky chain belt.
Street-styler in a retro knit

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Knitwear was everywhere during the Paris couture shows earlier this month. Here, this street-styler shows how to turn a sweater into the perfect summer statement, by teaming it with a mini leather skirt in a cutesy shade of lemon. The button-down front adds a '90s feel to the swirly '60s pattern, and the white sunglasses and bag keep it looking fresh. Knit on, legs out.
Retro knit at ASOS

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Want in on the action? Consider this rugby-stripe sweater your failsafe staple. In a '60s mustard yellow and powder pink palette that gives off sunny-day vibes, this loose-cut, cropped sweater is the perfect throw-on piece for when you need to add a bit of zest to your everyday outfits. Perfect paired with cropped white high-waisted jeans for that '90s look.