I have actually been starting to do research into knitwear, having just thrown out a whole host of bobbly, decrepit jumpers that were cluttering up my wardrobe. Regrettably not were all cheap - in fact the two worst culprits were the most expensive and the most recent. Reiss & Nicole Farhi, shame on you. Both items were 100% wool and had been worn a handful of times and genuinely looked like I'd given them to the dog to sleep with. Knackered. Beyond redemption. Slightly (very) gutted.
However it does mean that I have knitwear gaps in my wardrobe. Thinking about the sorts of jackets I'll be wearing, ideally I'd like ones that aren't oversized (and god forbid my body is way past the very fitted stage) but slightly loose and boxy - finishing just below the waist band (neatly hiding the muffin thank you very much). Ideal to layer with a slightly longer vest, hiding a multitude of sins and also adding colour and texture.
But looking online is largely a waste of time I've found, as these days, I honestly think fabrics need to be felt. I'm not the biggest fan of acrylic generally, but there are the odd times (and they are few & far between but getting more frequent) when it doesn't make my teeth stand on age and I know that I'd be able to wear it without fearing a naked flame.
At the moment, I am in purgatory with the midday pick up of RR3 from school. And it goes on for another couple of weeks (I've blanked out how long exactly as it makes me itch. Not that I want to wish my little one's life away but frankly he's a miserable git when he comes home - I'd rather he was miserable at school. No amount of cake can appease him at the moment. Enough said.)
Unfortunately a trip round the shops doesn't float his boat either (quelle surprise) and so knitwear is something that will have to take a back bench for the next week or two.
Apart from this little striped gem from H&M which is 100% cotton. It was a bargain at £7.99 but is positively worth ordering in every colour for the reduced price of £3.99. It is perfect on my friend - boxy, loose but not oversized. I have high hopes for it on me (she says optimistically knowing that it will therefore be a pile of pants)
The above are the colours that I've gone for but they also do it in a pink and beige and an orange and beige. Have never ordered from H&M before and I've managed to not pay and select to have them send me an invoice which sounds hugely odd but we'll see.
They're not the most cutting edge jumpers on the planet but for that price, hell they're a fantastic staple, leaving more money in the coffers for some fantastic scarves and jackets!
Hope that keeps you going in the meantime, till I can report back on other knitwear.
A quick round up of yesterday and today's outfit.
Beige vest - Primark
Beige linen tee - Zara
Distressed vintage biker jeans - By Malene Birger
Black and offwhite knitted jacket - By Malene Birger
Resin and shell necklace - By Malene Birger
Sunglasses - Dior
Clay Thelma Wedges - Ash
Vanilla Roxanne - Mulberry
White longline vest - Joseph
Khaki longline tee - Joseph
Paint splatter skinny jeans - Zara
Navy/khaki/cream boucle jacket - Zara
Navy and black leopard print scarf - By Malene Birger
Black Faridah hobo bag - Marc by Marc Jacobs
Gunmetal high tops - Ash
Sunglasses - Dior
Tan leather cuff - Mulberry
Can I please point out that for some bizarre reason, I'm aware that I look randomly slim in these photos. I am slim but not remotely as svelte as these pictures appear to portray me as. Much kudos to my kids who seem to have the knack of taking skinny photos. They're available for photo shoots at a very reasonable rate.