K(n)itted out

 

Back to school with a difference today. Charlie started ‘big’ school (sob!) and my eldest had her first day of senior school. I don’t know about the children, but I am feeling a touch of the information overload that comes with the start of the school year and two new schools! My brain feels like it might explode with all the extra kit requirements, clubs, timetables and letters from school. I think we are all going to need an early night tonight.

Getting up early and out the door on these *autumnal mornings  requires an outfit that’s easy and effortless, and my go-to look is usually a pair of jeans, trainers and a nice jumper. *I know it’s not officially Autumn until the 22nd September, but the chill in the air this morning convinced me that that date means very little when it comes to sartorial matters.*

Over the years I have become a little bit fussy about my knitwear. I tend to avoid the high street unless they are made from natural fibres, and I have started to ‘invest’ in what I call ‘mid-range’ knitwear that will last more than one season. The jumper I am wearing today is from MIH (bought from The Outnet) and is 100% merino, so it’s the perfect weight for the current weather. My jumper is not available anymore, so I thought I would have a look around and create a knitwear edit for you. Pair with jeans and your trainers/loafers and you have the perfect ‘mum uniform’.

Shop My Edit


Other brands to know about 

Wyse London

One of my favourites brands for cashmere has to be Wyse London. Marielle Wyse, the founder, is local to me and has such a good eye for design. Her jumpers usually feature stripes, sequins, rainbows or stars and offer something a little bit different. I own a few of her designs and whenever I wear them, people always pay compliments. They are an investment at around £190, but perhaps something to add to the Xmas wish list?!
One of my favourites from the current collection 

Orwell and Austen

Another newish brand of knitwear worth knowing about is Orwell and Austen. I have just bought one of their Bowie jumpers.

Lingua Franca

Lingua Franca is a very cool cashmere label from NYC that has recently arrived at Net-a-porter. Price wise they veer into the slightly unaffordable category where my budget is concerned, (along with Bella Freud although I do own a 1970 jumper and a few sample sale buys!) but I do love their simple, fun designs.

Lingua Franca – £305
I realise that I haven’t offered many high street options in this edit, mainly because I have a slight aversion to acrylic and polyester when it comes to knitwear. I have tried to find the slightly more afforable bargains from The Outnet, and if you compare their price tags with some of the (acrylic) high street options, there isn’t much difference and you are assured of lasting quality. However, I will be doing a dedicated high street knitwear blog post very soon!
Happy Shopping!
Love,
Chloe x
8 comments so far.

8 responses to “K(n)itted out”

  1. Chloe says:

    Yes please add a high street section!! X

  2. Jcm says:

    Sweatshirt edit – cotton – can’t find a maroon one ?

  3. Aimee says:

    Please do a high street blog.. as much as I would love a £300 jumper it isn’t realistic for many (sadly!) x

    • chloelovestoshop@yahoo.co.uk says:

      There are a few very affordable jumpers in my edit and I have tried to find good quality bargains as I said in my post. But I will do a separate blog dedicated to high street knitwear, no problem.

  4. Danish Pastry says:

    I love a good knit! I too tend to go for merino and cashmere, cotton if it’s a heavier weight (I find they get baggy too quickly if cotton is in a fine knit).
    My favourite is Boden, I have both cashmere and merino from them, and find they wash and wear well. I also have merino from Uniqlo, and it’s amazing quality considering the very affordable price tag. Cos are a good place to look too, and the new Arket seems promising especially as I seem to have a fondness/ weakness for navy cream knits (have spotted one there)!
    I will vouch for merino and cashmere lasting more than one season, even though mine are from the more high street end of the market.

    • Danish Pastry says:

      Forget to say if you like an oversize knit, checkout the men’s at outlet stores. They tend to be too big for me, but my husband always finds high end, good quality knits at bargain prices!

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Chloe Samwell-Smith

Chloe Samwell-Smith

I am a fashion loving mum of three, blogging about my love for clothes, interiors, children's fashion, fitness, beauty and travel. I live in London with my husband, three children (Liv, Milla and Charlie) and our siamese cat called Sammy.

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