PHOENIX finds you 5 of the best autumn warmers

Ok, so let’s face it, although many of us (myself included) love the textural warmth and luscious layers that come with the gusty winds of autumn, there is something about the sartorial simplicity of summer that is sorely missed, especially when you roll out of bed on a dark morning and want nothing more than to just wear your spotty dressing gown to work (fuzzy fabrics are in right?) Cold weather = more thought, and who wants to do more of that at 7am?

But listen carefully, for there is an answer to your winter woes, and it comes in the form of a timeless British classic: crazy colourful knitwear. There is nothing better than a single item of clothing, or accessory, that can instantly transform an outfit, and for AW14 vibrant knits will be your versatile wardrobe wonder (we’re also keeping a beady eye on fur stoles FYI). So whether you go for so-bright-I-can’t-look-directly-at-it prints or block-coloured cashmere, this look is guaranteed to (literally) brighten up the cold months to come.

For smart-casual daywear try layering a bold cricket jumper over a delicate pleated midi; Jonathan Saunders’ teal sweater would look fabulous with a flighty, calf-skimming silver midi and heeled ankle boots, or for a more quirky spin, pair a retro floral print with a sweet 60s a-line and patent knee-high boots. Weekend casual, however, is where this look comes into its own; luxurious crew-neck cashmere in a vibrant hue – such as Valentino’s hot pink – oozes effortless cool when worn with slouchy boyfriend jeans and urban skater shoes. Let the jumper do the talking.

5 Of The Best: Colourful Autumnal Knits

Valentino pink sweater
£845 –

Jonathan Saunders merino wool sweater
£520 –

J W Anderson floral top
£280 –

Burberry sweater
£350 –

Marc by Marc Jacobs Grey Grady Sweater
£355 –
Words & Styling: Joy Starkey

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