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FASHION NOTES: KNITWEAR FOR EVENING

22.11.15

The rules of day and evening dressing are becoming increasingly blurred, which makes the transition from work to weekend ever more seamless when it comes to outfit changes. With winter in its peak and knitwear well and truly in the spotlight, we turn to our favourite cold-weather piece for an effortless take on evening styling.

FOR A NIGHT AT THE THEATRE

Cashmere – the queen of all knitted fabrications – lends itself naturally to a dressed up aesthetic, so when it comes to red letter days (or evenings), it’s the perfect go-to piece. The Zoya roll-neck jumper comes in a soft, neutral hue that’s particularly versatile and as a result, can be elevated with a few simple additions. A touch of embellishment is perfect for this time of year, and a crystal necklace or statement earrings will upgrade the classic neckline for evening. When paired with leather, cashmere seems all the more tangible and sleek separates like the Tess mini skirt or a pair of leather leggings will counterbalance the oversized silhouette. A glossy shoulder bag and statement heels are the kind of finer details that make all the difference, so choose wisely – a rich colour palette and metal hardware never fail to impress.

Zoya cashmere jumper, Tess embellished leather skirt, Anastacia Swarovski necklace, Dominique bag, Sawyer ankle boots

FOR DATE NIGHT

For a somewhat more sexy take than that of traditional knitwear, look to an off-the-shoulder silhouette like the Helena. Revealing just the right amount of skin and striking the balance between everyday ease and dressed-up elegance, it’s the perfect calling card for date night. The key to dressing it up is in the styling, with close-fitting trousers offering the perfect counterbalance to the oversized silhouette. Opt for a rich burgundy hue – the season’s most favoured colour will give your look an on-trend twist and secure it firmly in evening territory. To take things up a notch, highlight the deep colour combination with contrasting high-shine accessories. Cracked leather options soften the impact and keep things contemporary, and double or stacked rings will make for a modern finishing touch.

Helena jumper, Carrie Premium leather leggings, Kyla clutch, Ohara Swarovski, Winona shoes

FOR CHRISTMAS DAY

Whether you’re playing guest, hosting Christmas at home or heading out for a festive meal to save on washing up, the right outfit is sure to make you feel extra special come Christmas morning. Knits are a classic option, but surpass the novelty reindeer jumper this year and instead opt for more sophisticated sparkle in the form of the metallic Willa jumper. Spun to an easy, relaxed fit that’s ideal come dinner time, it strikes the balance between effortless and elegant. Team it with slim-leg satin trousers and add a faux-fur stole in rich burgundy or deep green to keep things festive in the most considered way.

Willa metallic jumperSatine trousersPixie faux-fur stoleJoy clutchPolka shoes

FOR AFTER-WORK DRINKS

After-work drinks are a year-round affair, but they’re never more prominent than in December. Embrace the season and choose an embellished knit like the Kimber for a look that makes an easy transition from office to evening. Teamed with slim-leg trousers and heels in the day it’s reserved enough for meetings, but when paired with a leather wrap skirt after hours it takes on a new, evening-ready aesthetic. Small tweaks make a big difference, so switch your tote for a statement clutch and add a slick of black eyeliner to completely leave the working day behind.

Kimber embellished jumperRocket leather skirtCallisto fringed bag, Gerbera shoes