It's cold outside, almost October and the warmth of Summer has long gone. Having a fashion nightmare? Well don't, because warm clothes can be fun to wear too! It all depends on what you wear and how you wear it, i.e don't throw on tracksuit bottoms and Uggs to go anywhere other than to Tesco Metro.
I bring you the pick of the knitwear from this seasons high street collections. Knitwear doesn't have to be boring, as the above picture of Leighton Meester at NY Fashion Week proves. Layer them up under your camel coat and you're good to go. Mid-drift flashing optional.
If you only buy one piece of knitwear this AW then make it a chunky boyfriend cardigan. Go for a neutral colour like grey, navy or cream like this Topshop number, £48. Look for details like patterns in the knitting or interesting buttons and if your cardigan doesn't come with them, buy your own buttons and swap them over! eBay is a great place to look for vintage buttons on the cheap.
Fairisle print knitwear makes me feel warm just looking at it, conjuring up images of sitting by the fire with a nice cup of tea on a cold Sunday. This blue fairisle cardi from River Island (£39.99) is definitely on my radar, wear with loafers and a satchel bag for a day at the shops.
So that's your cardigans sorted, now onto jumpers, and there's no excuse for owning a boring one. Look for details to make it original; my favourites include this baggy black gem-embellished jumper from Topshop (£42) and this rather impressive camel jumper from Zara (£39.99) which comes with its own fur shoulder pads. Both jumpers will jazz up a plain pair of jeans and serve you well this season.
To round off your new knitwear collection, try a new shape: the maxi jumper dress. Much easier to wear than it looks, the knitted maxi dress will keep you warm (and stylish) from your neck to your ankles. Try this New Look number for £24.99, available in other colours but perfect in a classic grey.
Leighton Meester image from www.zimbio.com