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How to wear patterned knitwear

Patterned knitwear is a great addition to any winter wardrobe: it keeps you cosy, is bang on trend and looks super cute - if styled correctly! Our style tips offer advice on pulling off the look and will help you to avoid the "embarrassing 70s dad" getup that can be a danger with patterned knits.

What's on trend?

All kinds of patterned knitwear are hitting the high street, from knitted dresses to cute mittens and scarves. In particular, keep an eye out for:

  • Animal motifs - knits with dogs, cats, ponies, polar bears and other furry friends
  • Fair Isle and Nordic patterns for jumpers and cardigans
  • Aztec prints and colour schemes (navys, golds, clays, burnt reds)

How to wear patterned jumpers and cardigans

If you've opted for a bold pattern, it's best to keep the rest of your outfit simple. Skinny jeans and ankle boots look great with oversized jumpers and cardis, while denim cut offs and thick tights look great with more fitted knits.

On the catwalk, designers paired patterned knitwear with long skirts for a grungy look. If you want to try this look yourself, keep accessories minimal.

How to wear patterned knit dresses

Sweater dresses and fitted knit dresses both look good with woolly tights and winter boots. Chunky biker boots can add an edge to an otherwise laid back outfit, while UGGs look cute and cosy - perfect for a lazy Saturday.

How to wear patterned knit accessories

Patterned knit scarves, gloves and hats are very versatile and easy to pull off with a range of outfits. As a general rule, they usually look better when teamed with a block colour coat or cardigan.

Top picks for patterned knitwear

Some of our favoured patterned knits at the moment are:

  • Knitted black and white snowflake cardi with fur neck, £65, from Topshop
  • Knitted grey cropped jumper with unicorn motif, £36, from Topshop
  • Cream fairisle long sleeve jumper, £35, from River Island
  • Fairisle chunky jumper, £55, from Oasis

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