Join the wool pack for winter

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Published: Saturday 22nd November 2014 by The News Editor

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Although wool for winter isn’t exactly groundbreaking in trend terms, knitwear was literally big news on the AW14 catwalks.

Fashion label the Row took the prize for most oversized, with a humongous cowl-necked jumper and trousers combo, while Stella McCartney and yarn aficionado Mark Fast also went for the slouch-factor with layers of chunky woollens.

Even designers who usually shy away from such organic fabrics, like Phoebe Philo at Celine, spun a yarn with head-to-toe ribbed knits.

From blanket wraps to stand-out separates, face the frosty weather with our pick of the wool pack.

Supersize me

Go the catwalk route with slouchy, supersized knitwear – the bigger the better.

A hefty cowl collar, chunky cable detailing and lengthy scarves all fit the bill. Worried these bulky details will supersize you too? Then look for pieces with just one of the above.

A long sleeveless tunic with a cowl neck, for example, is slim enough to wear under your winter coat, doing away with the need for a scarf. Plus you can layer it over trousers or tights to dress up or down.

To get on the wool bandwagon try a Scarlett Sleeveless Roll Neck Jumper, £45; Chester Blanket Coat, £129; Heidi Leather Skirt, £149, Lisbon Box Calf Chelsea Boots, £79, all from .

Or for the more intense look go for a Pale Pink Cowl Neck Tunic, £38.

Transmit your coordinates

The most faithful catwalk homages on the high street are the head-to-toe coordinate sets in wheat and stone hues.

It’s a tricky look to pull off – not least because it bears more than a passing resemblance to PJs but the key is in how you accessorise. If you’re going casual, stick to ballet flats or high-top trainers, but to dress them up, let the trouser hems fall over pointed-toe stiletto boots and add a couple of gold bangles or a cocktail ring.

Work this look with a Wool Top, £34.99, and Trousers, £39.99 (in store end of November.

Or mic cutting edge with classic with Knit Flared Trousers, £59.99 from .

Fuzzy logic

How to tap into the head-to-toe trend without going totally coordinated? By mixing and matching woollen separates.

With so many touchable textures going on, it’s wise to limit your colour palette. Autumnal reds and browns go well together, as do pale, fawny tones, the ideal match for brown leather accessories.

Texturise with an Fluffy Knit Mini Skirt, £19 or get touchy feely in a Nude Mongolian Trim Knit Gilet, £129.

Blanket coverage

The ultimate winter woollen, a capacious cardigan or blanket coat is the perfect style prescription for self-diagnosed Seasonal Affective Disorder.

For the great outdoors, show off in a zip hem cardy or wrap yourself in a cosy blanket wrap, belting it up if you want to add definition to your waistline.

Wrap up in Stone Cocoon Zip Hem Cardigan, £55, or make it a Mink Colour Block Wrap from , £35.

‘It’ knits

If washed-out woollens aren’t your thing, pick one impactful piece and work your outfit around it.

A longline sweater dress is a great multi-tasker, letting you dial the dressiness up or down according to your mood: wear it with tights and over-knee boots for the style of the season or pull it on over skinny jeans at the weekend.

Great pieces are on offer including ‘s Remi Jumper, £150 or Houndstooth Tunic, £180.

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Published: Saturday 22nd November 2014 by The News Editor

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