The jersey hasn't always been considered a quintessential sartorial item worthy of making a statement. If anything, it's been associated with the frumpy tag or has only been considered useful for practical layering purposes.
Yes, the cardigan in all its variations had a moment circa 2009/2010 - we slung them over our shoulders like preppy housewives, we added waterfall cardigans to our collection like yogis, and by 2014, we were thrifting oversized "ugly jerseys" at the advent of the dad chic trend.
Now, aside from merely trying to keep warm, jerseys are now a street style staple. And the go-to styling for today's knits appears to be that of half tucking them into midi skirts.
I guess what makes this pairing so effective is the fact that nothing gives a look more visual depth than contrasting textures - the wool and satin combo is pretty much the friendlier, more approachable cousin of leather and lace.
Of course, the versatility of knitwear means that there's a multitude of ways in which you can wear it. From the simple and sophisticated to the offbeat and edgy, there's no outfit you can't weave a good jersey into.
But if you have to own just three knits this season, it should be these ones:
The exaggerated turtleneck
Or roll neck, if you prefer.
Ideal for making a simple statement. Depending on your mood, it can be worn over dresses or under dungarees and boiler suits.
How I styled it:
I twinned with a friend.
Shop:Colourblock funnel neck, R449 at Superbalist
Crew neck sweater
This one is great for both office and street wear. For the office, you can tuck it into formal trousers or a pencil skirt. And for a casual day out, pair it with mom jeans or a pretty skirt (as mentioned above).
Pro tip: Crew neck sweaters also make for great monochrome looks.
How I styled it:
I opted for neutrals and stacked a few chains.
H&M is your mecca when it comes to plain knitwear sweaters. With an affordable range of prices, you can get your pick for about R300.
For days when you can't imagine anything cosier than your bed, so you wear your blankets instead.
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Our personal highlight from the most recent @safashionweek ; @kwenasays wearing the ERRE and #capewoolssa Winter collection?? Kwena you give us power dressing inspiration everyday! The lesson here: don’t be afraid to layer and then layer some more?????? Photo credit: @emp_cyclone
Cable Knit Pullover, R189.99 at MRP
Cable knit cardigan, R1399 at ZARA
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