Wrap up in chunky knits

Rejoice the onset of cold weather – if there’s one winter warmer you have to invest in to keep cosy, it should be a chunky knit. Whether a cardigan, jumper, dress or accessories, the fashion world has gone wild for these woollen wonders.

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Big on the fashion front and oversized to boot, knits are huge this season.  No fine knits and twin sets ladies – chunky and slouchy is where it’s at!

So how do you wear this look without feeling, well…chunky?  Keep the rest of your look slim (that means skinny jeans, tights or leggings) and define your waist with a belt.  Also ensure that the knit doesn’t end at the widest part of your body.  Mid-thigh lengths work well on most shapes, although petite girls need to beware of looking ‘drowned.

Comfy cardigans are no longer just for your gran!  Super cool this season is the cardi-coat – longer in length, chunky and voluminous, this is sure to keep you warm and toasty this winter.

For an effortless slouchy ‘undone’ look, look no further than an oversized chunky jumper worn baggy and loose.  Longer versions can double as dresses – just add boots and opaque tights.  Jumper dresses are a huge trend – wear with a cinch belt and patent accessories to finish off the look, and add a biker jacket to give your look an edge.chunky-knit-3

And finally, if big knits just aren’t for you, you can still get your fill of the trend by investing in some chunky accessories.  Scarves, beanies and gloves (just don’t oversize all of them at once!).  Add a zing of 80’s colour or stick to classic neutrals, but most importantly enjoy the warm cosy feel!

A selection of chunky knits available from Friends with Jenny.  Contact: jenny@friendswithjenny.co.za or www.friendswithjenny.blogspot.com

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