If 2020 was all about sweats, I think autumn 2021 will be all about the return to sweaters. That comfort and cosiness is still our moda operandi but with an additional layer of polish. Here are a few of my recommendations…
ROLLNECKS. Slimfitting rollnecks are used as both a styling device and an extra layer. They look good in a contrasting colour to what’s worn on top, and I particularly love the contrast of a fitted rollneck under an oversized crew neck knit or shirt. Try COS for lightweight merino wool* and Brunello Cucinelli for winter white short sleeves*.
SLOPPY JOE. XXXL sweaters are back and can look great contrasted with silk. Wear one with sleeves pushed up over a silk shirt (Equipment* is still the gold standard for me), or layer a fine-knit one over a silk cami*, where the hem of your cami is just visible below the sweater. The ultimate Sloppy Joe is maybe the one worn by Linda Evangelista photographed by Peter Lindbergh (below). How can we forget this masterclass in simplicity?
BIBS AND BALACLAVAS. A very 2020s development, knitted bibs and balaclavas are practical but cool little styling accents. A balaclava is good under a hood if you’re heading out into a gale; It just feels cosy and protective. The Row* is the extra bougie choice (from 2020, below), while Ruslan Baginskiy’s* wool rib number is quite genius with its two-part construction. Arket* and Adnym Atelier* are the go-tos for bibs that add neck warmth minus too much bulk.
PONCHOS AND BLANKETS. Linda V Wright’s minimalist ponchos (below) are the versatile knit you never knew you needed. There are styling ideas on her endlessly inspiring personal Instagram as well as her website but my favourite way to wear one is with all the bulk pulled in front creating a waterfall of warmth when I want to go without a jacket during September evenings. If you want more of a classic fringed wrap, check out Rag & Bone’s reversible design* or Moncler’s wool shawl* with utilitarian stripe detail. Alfresco blankets look like they will be getting another autumn outing as we continue to do battle with you-know-what. Check out last year’s post for ideas or get the look with Joseph’s geometric merino kaftan* (below)
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WORDS: Disneyrollergirl / Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGES: The Row AW21; The Row AW20; Peter Lindbergh; The Row AW20; Linda V Wright; Joseph AW21
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