Chunky knits: A love affair

chunky cream cardigan

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.

chunky cream cardigan
chunky cream cardigan

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.

purple jumpers and red lips             purple jumpers and red lips

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.

purple jumpers and black leather skirt
purple jumpers and red lips

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?

 

My new Instagram project – #ALittleAdventureInAJar

I saved a small piece of summer in a jar. #ALittleAdventureInAJar

I saved a small piece of summer in a jar.

There are so many moments that I’d like to save. Preserve them and keep the memories intact, so that I’m able to revisit them long after they’ve passed. Moments of gratitude, contentment, or joy. The falling crunchy leaves of autumn and branches heavy with blossom in the springtime. Perfect, simple days filled with life’s little pleasures. Then, in the grey days of winter I could catch a glimpse of that warm, lazy summer sunshine. Or when my spirits are low I’d have a reminder of cherished moments when my heart was full.

After having these thoughts for a while I started a new photography project on Instagram. With a bit of picture editing and a touch of magic I started #ALittleAdventureInAJar. I’m having such fun creating these images! And just being on the lookout for these precious moments means I notice and appreciate them more when they do occur. I love that about gratitude. The more you look for things to feel grateful for, the more reasons you have to be grateful.

I’ve already created another image that I’ll post on Friday. I’ll try to stay consistent and post a picture for this hashtag on the same day each week. I’m very excited for this project and I sure do hope you’ll follow along.