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’.
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.
Yes please add a high street section!! X
Will do! High Street Knitwear post to follow xx
Sweatshirt edit – cotton – can’t find a maroon one ?
Will have a look! x
Please do a high street blog.. as much as I would love a £300 jumper it isn’t realistic for many (sadly!) x
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.
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.
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!