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Sweater weather returns: Indulge in the season’s best cosy knits


Ruby's sought-after 'Matilda' cardigan is a modern mix of on-trend colours and classic detailing.
Ruby's sought-after 'Matilda' cardigan is a modern mix of on-trend colours and classic detailing.
Soft knitwear makes the perfect trans-seasonal wardrobe essential.

What’s the weather like where you are? If you’re in the southern hemisphere, at the moment you’re likely thinking about adding an extra layer each day when you head out the door.

It’s this time of year when trans-seasonal staples become the heroes of a stylish wardrobe. Garments that are easy to pop on when you’re feeling a chill, but easy to peel off as the day warms.

Knitwear is the obvious choice, with natural cotton, wool or cashmere offering warm but breathable fibres that wont leave you feeling flustered.

A classic pullover is a great solution. One in simple grey, a Breton stripe or more rich, muted hues like wine or pine green are a good choice as they are likely to last in your wardrobe for years.

L-R: Standard Issue Merino Vest; Marle Bonnie Jumper; Perriam Classic Merino Rib Crew

However judging on the winter collections now landing in stores, 2024 appears to be the year we step outside the safe grey, cream or black staples, to seek out more bold colour options for our knitwear.

Cardigans are surprisingly popular again this year, with style influencers wearing theirs with just the top button done up.

Oversized shapes are also dominant, with exaggerated proportions and blanket-like warmth providing a perfect mix of fashion-forward style and seasonally appropriate comfort.

L-R: Karen Walker Carmen Oversized Cashmere Sweater; Elle + Riley Luxe Cashmere SweaterCaroline Sills Lily Weekender Sweater

Seeking something more fitted that sits easily beneath blazers and works for the office or the weekend? Luxurious cashmere and soft wool blends offer the perfect solution.

With the right care and storage, fine quality cashmere pieces will wear well and last for years.

L-R: Juliette Hogan Fine Cotton Cashmere V-Neck; Tolaga Bay Cashmere Wide Sleeve V Neck Sweater; Laing Home Cashmere Crew

How to care for knitwear

Read the care label: Always check the care label on your knitwear for specific instructions from the brand that made it.

Hand washing: If possible, hand wash your knitwear in cold water using a gentle detergent. Avoid harsh rubbing or agitation.

Avoid heat: Never tumble dry knitwear or expose it to direct heat, as this can cause shrinking and damage the fibres. Instead, gently squeeze out excess water and lay it flat to dry.

Storage: Fold knitwear neatly to prevent stretching or distortion. Avoid hanging heavy knits, as this can cause them to lose their shape over time. Store knitwear in a cool, dry place to prevent wrinkles. If wrinkles do occur, gently steam (not too hot!) the garment or hang it in a steamy bathroom to release wrinkles naturally.

Protect your knitwear from moths by storing it in a sealed container or using moth repellents such as cedar blocks or lavender sachets.

Pilling: Knitwear may develop pills over time. Use a fabric shaver or a sweater stone to gently remove pills and keep the garment looking fresh.

 Repair Promptly: If you notice any loose threads or snags, repair them promptly to prevent further damage to the garment.


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