I don’t know exactly how it happened but all of a sudden I find myself completely obsessed with chunky knits. In September the weather started getting colder and there they were: cosy, warm and soft. The grown up equivalent of a security blanket. They are all I want to wear.
I used to avoid overly slouchy and chunky knitwear. I thought it wasn’t a terribly flattering look. I’m not sure if that’s changed, it’s not like I’ve found some revolutionary way of styling them. But maybe it’s wisdom that comes with age: perhaps I don’t mind looking a little like the Michelin Man when I’m so warm and comfortable.
Either way, I have been particularly partial to my cream cardigan from ASOS ever since I bought it. It’s so slouchy and big, and the sleeves are just the perfect length for pulling over my hands when they are chilly. I think this style is sometimes called the grandpa cardigan, which makes me love it even more. So far, I’ve worn it mainly with jeans and t-shirts but I’m curious to see how it will pair with dresses and heels, à la Carrie Bradshaw in SATC early season 4.
It will be a bit tricky to keep wearing chunky knits when it gets a bit colder. I tried wearing the cardigan underneath my leather jacket the other day. It kind of worked, I thought it looked cute, but my movements were definitely a bit restricted. In fact, I’m not sure I could lift my arms above shoulder height. I’m thinking of trying to layer the cardigan over a slim-fit cashmere jumper. With a big scarf on top it could possibly work for wintertime too. Hopefully, I’ll be able to pull off the Yeti look.
I’ve also rediscovered a Massimo Dutti jumper that I’ve had for years and years. It’s a wool and mohair mix so it’s incredibly soft. I really like wearing it with my leather skirt, the contrast in the textures is very pleasing. It’s also kind of a departure from the norm for me, because it’s not grey or navy or some other boring colour. Because it’s this lovely, warm purple hue, I’m loving it worn with a red lip. It’s one of my favourite colour combos ever.
I’m so happy with my chunky knits, they definitely have been a highlight of this autumn so far. What have you been enjoying wearing recently?