I’m still cultivating my perfect capsule wardrobe, and one of the easiest way to do this is to stick with a palette of colour where everything goes nicely together. You know me – I tend to stick with black, white and grey (with a dash of leopard, which is clearly a neutral). I’ve read a lot recently about seasonal dressing, and it seems to me that people tend to fall into one of two camps: those that are happier in summer, or those that find dressing for autumn and winter easier. I love layers, jeans and jumpers so for me, autumn dressing is my absolute favourite. One of my style staples is a soft, squishy jumper, preferably a little oversized. I’m a bit addicted to cosy grey knits for autumn – they work with black jeans and trousers as well as toning with most other colours, so you really get your money’s worth.
I spotted this gorgeous Limited Edition M&S funnel neck jumper in store and it’s soooo soft. I love the cut, which manages to be slouchy while sitting neatly at the waist – perfect when you don’t want to be drowned by wearing a huge jumper (say, if you’re teaming it with a nice pair of trousers).
Staying with M&S, I’ve been looking for a soft, slouchy cardigan for ages and recently purchased this lovely cardigan (you can see the sleeve detail in the top picture – the cuffs are fixed, which I really like) which has a similar cut to the jumper – oversized, but not too long, and it’s literally the softest thing in my wardrobe. I’ve been wearing it with everything from jeans to midi skirts and joggers and I think it will be the perfect, soft layer to travel in (it looks really nice over a fine black roll neck). It washes really well too (see my little tip for washing knits below).
Another one that I’ve seen (and squished) in store is this gorgeous, oversized beauty from Topshop. Again, it’s super soft, but this one is definitely roomy – perfect for pairing with leather or faux leather trousers as it covers your bum. It also comes in a nudey/rose shade that you can just see below in the pic.
The Topshop one is 77% acrylic, but if you’re looking for a similar version but would prefer natural materials, have a look at this high neck in & Other Stories. It’s not that much more expensive and is a cotton/wool mix. I haven’t actually felt this one but it’s listed as ‘super soft’, so should have the requisite amount of squidge that’s a must for an autumn knit.
If you want the softness, but maybe want something not quite so chunky, may I suggest the Amy jumper from Boden, which is a much finer knit (viscose mix, with a touch of cashmere), but still super, super soft. I love the subtle, different colour tipping along the hem.
And talking of cashmere, I usually avoid it like the plague because I feel life’s too short to take your jumpers to the dry cleaners. BUT, my hush Claire jumper is still going strong from two years ago, and it was roughly the same wool/cashmere blend as this wool/cashmere crew neck. I’ve always just washed it on the ‘gentle’ setting in my washing machine, and then dried it by folding it, draping it over a trouser hanger and hanging it inside the door of our airing cupboard (I take it out and refold every so often so it doesn’t get lines). It’s also got the same rib details on the sleeve, which I really love as it means you can push your sleeves up a bit and they stay up. It’s the small things, am I right?
Again, it’s an investment piece at £190, but like my hush Claire jumper, if you treat it well, wash it gently and give it the odd de-bobbling session it will last and last. Which brings me neatly on to…
A side note on sustainability and responsibility
It’s been in the news a lot recently and I thought I would mention that while not everyone can afford to splash £190 on a jumper (interesting little side-project though – go upstairs and add up the cost of all the jumpers sitting there that you bought and now never wear), I’ve started to become more and more aware of purchasing from companies that display a commitment to responsibly sourcing their products and suppliers. We’re all becoming more aware of the damage that ‘fast fashion’ can cause, and I know that Boden, for instance, have a dedicated ethical trade team that work closely with all areas of the business to ensure that their products are always responsibly sourced, and the lengths they go to in providing transparency and traceability along their supply chain are admirable.
I’m half way through a blog post about this, so I’ll let you know more about my thoughts on slow fashion shortly.
By the way, my gorgeous Halloween nails were created by Amy from Turtle Beauty. Find her on Instagram here and if you’re local to the Berkhamsted/Tring area definitely seek her out – her nails are the best! By the time you read this, I’ll be in China on assignment for Cruise International, so do pop over to my Insta stories to see what I’m up to. Have an lovely weekend xx