It’s official. It’s freezing. This week alone, Belfast is set to suffer lows of sub-zero temperatures right through until the weekend. This week our approach to fashion is all about survival. Forget the wary layers of winter wardrobes thus far. This week it’s all about the cosy knitwear, the luxe kind. Sure, we’ve gathered up knitwear supplies over the years. We’ve stocked up on cardis, most of which are stolen from our mother’s wardrobes, the same mother’s that have spent years nagging us to invest in our own as a bid to protect our health (and their diminishing wardrobes). Admittedly, a lot of them have been panic bought, a little cheapy grabbed on a lunch break when the office heating just wasn’t enough. There’s the now lumpy, sagging, sad-looking jumpers we again, panic bought, for reduced prices when unexpectedly, temperatures plummeted to a point where you couldn’t remember the last time you were warm.
We revel in being cosy, dream of returning from work to an evening spent by the roaring fire and spend weeks researching the best slippers to keep those tootsies warm all winter long (just me?) but when it comes to knitwear, we’ve been known to drop the ball a little. With good intentions, we look to the best cashmere jumpers but panic and empty our basket upon spotting the price. It seems easier to stock up on cheaper jumpers for the same price and we’re right, of course, it is but the key is choosing the right purse-friendly options within that genre, a process easy to get wrong.
In a bid to assist on the luxe for less knitwear dilemma, we’ve scoured the high street for the best of expensive looking knitwear that won’t break the bank. Arket is a brand that consistently delivers on this approach to knitwear but because its brick and mortar stores are limited to London, Germany, Sweden and Denmark, it’s a brand we often overlook. Not anymore. One scroll through their website and you’ll be met with alpaca wool blends, mohair blends plus, a little bit of cashmere thrown in for good measure. It won’t be long until you’re a total convert. These days we often wonder how our winter warmer wardrobe’s ever survived beforehand.
One brand that should never be underestimated on the knitwear front is the collection of cashmere available within Marks & Spencer’s stock. It’s a firm fashion editor favourite and the minimal feel of the clothing makes each piece look all the more expensive than the reality of its price tag. Stock up on timeless classics and with a range of prices from £30 to £199, there’s something for everyone.
Scroll through for the 12 pieces that we can’t wait to cosy up in this week.