Winter is looming and it’s time to vacuum pack those summer dresses and reunite with your favourite sweaters. There are no real rules to chic-ing up the knitted look (comfy + cosy = cool). And with the fashion world going mad for the whole hygge vibe, knitwear is really hotter than ever. So warm up those cold days with these gorgeous catwalk trends for AW17.

The good thing is that you cannot fall short of your style since the market has a broad variety for meeting your winter needs. The sweaters come in various colors, designs, and sizes depending on your preferences. The mistake that most people make is that they give their clothing needs an after-thought. Remember the ancient saying that goes ‘make hay when the sun is shining?’ Don’t wait for the winter to be here before you shop for an ideal cold clothing. You will be doing so in a rush and may not get the perfect fit that you may want. In addition, the prices will have gone up because of high demand due to great need. Start early and do your assignment well to get the best and not settle for alternatives. Here are some of the cosy knits: AW17 cat walk trends that you can find in the market. You will find them in various designs, colors and sizes as you prepare for the upcoming winter.

Polo Necks

Polo neck sweats are the easiest way to keep warm without multiple layers and that’s why it’s such a winner for the chilly season. This year, we’re seeing some seriously funky silhouettes from Bottega Veneta (think balloon shoulders and puffed out sleeves), some bold reds from MaxMara (think head to toe colour blocking), and some psychedelic patterns from Ellery.

Stripes

(L-R: Moschino, Roberto Collina, Sonia de Nisco all from Yoox)

You can’t go wrong with stripes. That’s what the fashion crowd always say, right? Well they’re right and this year in particular will be a celebration of much more than just your typical blue and white. Breton is still queen but this year’s knitwear collections explore new colour combinations, including ones that seemingly clash at first glance.

In AW17, it’s A-OK to team red with pink, green with blue, silver with gold, maroon with cornflower, or anything else that isn’t supposed to look good together. It’s time to rebel! As long as your torso is warm and your stripes are horizontal, you’re going to be on point with this season’s most stylish look.

Boyfriend Style

There are two ways to go about this: 1. Steal your boyfriend’s unwanted sweaters. 2) buy an oversized, slouchy number and prepare to cosy up in the never ending rows of knitted goodness. If comfort is your main priority during the autumn and winter months, you’ll be delighted with the runways.

Designers have been trying to out-boyfriend each other for AW17, so you won’t struggle to find those supersized jumpers (most likely modelled on sleeping bags) to curl up in on a freezing cold night. Joseph, Ports 1961, Maques’AlmeidaJ and Jil Sander are just to name a few.

Cable Knit

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Cable knits have never been ‘out’. But for AW17, they are ‘in’ in. Everyone from Lanvin, Daks, Ulla Johnson and Sonia Rykiel to Moncler Grenoble and Temperley are getting in on the cable knit act. This style of winter dates all the way back to the Aran Islands off the west coast of Ireland, making it such a timeless buy. Whether they’re in, out or somewhere in between.

Fluffy and Feathery

One dimensional jumpers simply won’t do this year. Texture is key and the bigger the better, because more really is more. Pringle of Scotland’s RTW collection is a fine example of how knitwear has taken on new dimensions of touch and feel, incorporating angora and wool patchwork. Feathers (such as a marabou trim) and faux fur are also great 3D additions to casuals in AW17.