Now Trending: Noteworthy Knits, From Cozy to Clever

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Though temps still soar here in North Texas, we at DFW Style Daily are looking forward. Today, our F/W 2014 Trending series continues with key fashion trends for the season to come. Take note, to stay ahead of the style curve.

 

For this, our final hand-picked fall trend of 2014, it’s only fitting that we cuddle up with the return of noteworthy knits. Not since the cowl necks of the late 1970’s and the preppy days of the 1980’s, have we seen sweaters come back into the picture in such volume and variety.

When it comes to knits, we tend to think comfy, and historically, these intricate garments protected the wearer from winter’s chill. Favored by oceangoing fishermen of Great Britain for centuries, early woolen knits required literally hundreds of hours of hand labor, from combing and washing to dyeing, spinning, and weaving. Fast forward through the decades, and regular advances in technology and fabrication allowed for the evolution of a worldwide wardrobe staple.

 

 

Known as sweaters here in the states, Brits use the terms jumper and jersey. The label has become a catch-all for a variety of knit garments, including turtlenecks, cardigans, ponchos, tunics, and belted jackets. This season, we see them all return in force.

Two knit fits to watch include the voluminous tunic and the lighter-weight crewneck. The latter is often executed in clever prints and motifs, a trend within a trend that we simply adore. Read on for designer inspiration in both categories, and then some, plus two buy-it-now knitwear finds.

 

On The Runway

 

 

 

Cut 25 by Yigal Azrouël

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Derek Lam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Karen Walker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prabal Gurung

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pringle of Scotland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Row

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shop The Trend

 

Left: Max Mara Titania Wool & Cashmere Sweater ($660, Saks Fifth Avenue); Right: Fine-Gauge Eiffel Tower Sweater ($24.99, JCPenney)

 

Additional Research by Christy Westbrook for RSC Show Productions. All images via individual designers and retailers.

 

 

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