Novelty Christmas jumpers are a must have for the whole month, but today, things get a bit more serious. Christmas Jumper Day is a fundraising initiative from Save the Children, encouraging us all to don our most ridiculous fair isle, intarsia, or embellished knitwear in the name of charity. There's definitely no shortage of options available, from designer styles from Markus Lupfer and Wildfox Couture through to bargains from the high street starting at as little as £15. Show your Christmas spirit, and make sure you wear a festive jumper on 13 December by shopping some of our favourites below.
It's that time — when all things cozy and comfortable have unmatched appeal. In an effort to keep even our knitwear as chic as possible (without compromising on comfort), we've scoured our favorite stores for the cold-weather essentials we'll need for the month ahead. Admittedly, some pieces aren't so basic — a little Fair Isle, a few stripes, or a bit of sheer here and there to add interest to Winter-perfect gray sweaters, chunky cardigans, and even skirts. As for the necessary elements, you'll find that we haven't skimped on comfy bottoms with stylish (yes, stylish) sweats and fleece-lined leggings. Just click through for a few of our favorite seasonal necessities, then shop to bundle up as comfortably and stylishly as possible.
Source: Best Basics: Winter-Ready Knits
We went backstage at eco-friendly line Edun's Fall 2011 runway show to get the inside scoop from founder Ali Hewson, Bono's wife, and designer Sharon Wauchob on their newest collection. Watch it now and discover all there is to know about Edun's silky landscape-based prints, experimental use of color, and the designing duo's ongoing love of chunky knits.
Winter is certainly the time to invest in some gorgeous knitwear, and this year there is a lot of fair isle around. Whether it's a jumper, a cardigan or a jumper dress, there is definitely something festive about this style. I really like the grungey feel to Marc by Marc Jacobs' cardigan (£345). For a smaller budget, River Island have a cute red jumper dress (£39.99). Will you be wearing a Fair Isle knit this Winter?
It's Wool Week in London right now as Prince Charles is encouraging us to realise the importance of the animal fabric. He is concerned about the dwindling price of wool commenting, "A couple of years ago I was shocked to discover that it often costs more the shear a sheep than a farmer would be paid for its wool." Yesterday, Saville Row was turfed over so that a flock of sheep could roam around. There was also a flock of bright yellow sheep outside Selfridges to highlight the department stores involvement. They are encouraging people to go in store and knit to help create a knitted house (until 17th October). Lots of stores are getting involved in the event, including Burberry, Pringle, Paul Smith, Jigsaw and Jaeger, with wool themed windows, discounts on knitwear and knitting classes.
Cardigans might not be the sexiest clothing item, but they're one of the most practical. When dressing for unpredictable weather, it's important to have another layer to throw on or take off as the temperature changes.
This season, knitwear has got more slouchy as drape front cardigans become the perfect Summer cover up. You can wear one over a dress or with shorts in the evening when it gets a bit cooler. I like this nautical striped version (£27) which I would wear with denim shorts. I also like this cream style (£25). Will you be wearing a waterfall cardigan this season?
The second part of Sonia Rykiel's collaboration with H&M arrives in stores around the world tomorrow (you can check out the lookbook here). The collection of affordable knitwear includes jumpers, dresses, accessories, jumpsuits and even shoes. I have my eye on a pink double breasted blazer (£49.99) and a black jumpsuit (£49.99). Will you be heading to your local H&M early on Saturday to bag a piece?
Late last year, the lingerie section of Sonia Rykiel's collaboration with H&M launched around the world. The second part, the knitwear, is due to launch on 20th February and I have a sneak preview for you. Knitwear is what Rykiel does best, and this capsule collection does not disappoint. Click through to see images from the lookbook.
Jamie Oliver is on a crusade to make the UK a better nation. He firstly changed school dinners, then challenged the meat industry and now he's branching out in to knitting, well, sort of! There is logic to this idea as Jamie aims to make use of the whole sheep! His restaurant, Fifteen, breed their own sheep for meat and have turned the yarn in to wool. The yarn is then spun and dyed by the Natural Fibre Company and sold to raise money for Jamie's charity, the Fifteen Foundation! The limited edition kits are available now (£23) meaning you could have a scarf finished by Christmas.