AW/21 Emporium Edit | Knitwear

WORDS BY BIANCA O’NEILL.

It’s hard to imagine winter without the humble knit. Knitwear often forms the cosy, trusty base of our wardrobe as the weather cools, so it’s essential to know what to look for when picking up a new favourite.

For our final winter style blog, I sat down with Emporium Melbourne stylist and Creative Director at Style By Us and Them, Karinda Mutabazi, to talk knits: how to wear them, how to style them, and what to look for when buying. Here is our knitwear edit for Autumn/Winter 2021.

Dress it up

KNITWEAR TREND #1

Knit dresses are often a firm favourite due to how easy they are to throw on and style – but they can also be the trickiest to wear. Clingy, unflattering versions that hold on to all the wrong areas can be a confusing minefield when out shopping – but there is hope, as Karinda tells me.

“The knit dress is one of the key items for this AW21 season, but I know it can be an intimidating piece to navigate. Knit fabric has a tendency to cling to all the places you don’t want it to. To combat this, I suggest trying a dress that is a few sizes larger than your usual (especially for rib knits).”

“When it comes to choosing the perfect knit dress, I look for structure, detail and texture. Find detail elements that set it apart and accentuate your best features, be it an interesting sleeve, a high neck, a belt, or textured/pattern wool. It is also important to look at the thickness of the fabric - apart from keeping you warm, a structured knit will hold its shape better and give you a more flattering line on the body.”

We loved this Ted Baker knit dress with leather rope belt, paired with Witchery boots.

Make a Statement

KNITWEAR TREND #2

When you think knits, you don’t always have to think basics. Sure, a classic white, black or tan option is a great addition to your wardrobe staples – but this season, it’s all about pop brights and loud prints and patterns. “A statement knit can be the perfect thing to spice up your favourite wardrobe staples,” says Karinda.

When styling your new purchase, Karinda tells me it’s all about being brave – and finding ways to work it back with your more naturally colourful summer wardrobe. “A logo or statement knit speaks for itself,” she says, “so I say the bolder the better. If you are feeling inspired, pair it with a clashing print to make a real statement.”

“Try styling a statement knit over a summer dress, or your favourite skirt/shorts paired with some tights and boots - it can take your summer wardrobe into winter with ease.” 

We loved this Vow Studios statement knit, paired with a colourful Vow Studios pleated skirt. Shoes are by Aje.

Keep it Warm

KNITWEAR TREND #3

Warmer tones like caramel, coffee, and toffee are trending this winter – and we’re seeing these colourways extend through into knits, of course. You can approach the trend via monoblocking (wearing all the same colour or tone), or by pairing back with complimentary colourways like army green, maroon and beige.

This season, Karinda suggests adding texture in soft knit fabrications. “Look for chunky knits in warm tones, the fuzzier the better! For the ultimate chic comfort dressing, look for angora, cashmere, alpaca and mohair wools featuring warm tones or gradient details.”

“Keep an eye out for head to toe knit outfits in monoblocked colours - the en masse effect of exact hews makes for an elevated loungewear look that can take you from day to night.” 

We loved this Saba ombre open knit, paired with Saba leather culottes and Aje sandals.

Give it a Pop

KNITWEAR TREND #4

Another trend coming through in knitwear this season is pop colour. Retailers are gracing their racks with everything from highlighter orange through to super-bright blues. Karinda loves this trend paired back with classic denim, or black and white: “Choose a statement colour for your knits this season - you can take your pick from vivid jewel tones of ruby, emerald, sapphire, citrine, and amethyst, which pair perfectly with staple denim, or for maximum contrast, with monochromes.”

Another trend coming through for AW21 is the knit set – Clueless-style cardi-and-skirt combos, as well as leisurewear rendered in delicate, easy-to-wear knit fabrications. “There are many offerings of knit separates sets featuring crops, cardis, tees, and long-sleeved tops,” says Karinda. “Layer colour on colour for maximum effect.”

We loved this Aje pop bright logo knit, paired with Aje black suede A-line skirt. Boots are from Witchery

DISCOVER NEW SEASON AW/21 KNITWEAR ARRIVALS

Scanlan Theodore

SCANLAN THEODORE

Brushed Mohair Cropped Cardi 5 Orange, $400

LOCATED ON LEVEL 2
Scotch & Soda

SCOTCH & SODA

Wool-Blend Striped Pullover - Combo A, $309.95

LOCATED ON GROUND FLOOR
Converse

CONVERSE

Unisex Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Crater Renew Knit High Top Light Field Surplus, $160

LOCATED ON LOWER GROUND
Gant

GANT

Multi Yarn Cardigan, $699

LOCATED ON LEVEL 1
MJ BALE

M.J. BALE

Boomer Bay Shawl Knit, $299

LOCATED ON LEVEL 2
Veronika Maine

VERONIKA MAINE

Double Knit Drawstring Sweater, $219

Double Knit Elasticated Midi Skirt, $219

Space Dye Blouson Sleeve Sknit, $199

Space Dye Pleated Knit Skirt, $259

LOCATED ON LEVEL 2
Scotch & Soda

SCOTCH & SODA

Classic Rib-Knit Beanie Camel Melange, $79.95

LOCATED ON GROUND FLOOR
Bassike

BASSIKE

Oversized Polo Neck Knit, $450

Chunky Crew Neck Knit, $380

Power Couple Knit Crop, $149

Power Couple Knit Skirt, $199

LOCATED ON LEVEL 2
Manning Cartell

MANNING CARTELL

The Terry Knit Bralette, $129

The Terry Knit Cardigan, $249

The Terry Knit Skirt, $199

LOCATED ON LEVEL 2
Manning Cartell

MANNING CARTELL

Mixed Stitches Knit Polo Top, $229

LOCATED ON LEVEL 2
Scotch & Soda

SCOTCH & SODA

Fuzzy Long Sleeve V-Neck Pullover - Ivory Melange. $249.95

Chunky Knit Wool-Blend Pullover - Combo V, $289.95

LOCATED ON GROUND FLOOR
Scotch & Soda

SCOTCH & SODA

Cable Knit Wool-Alpaca Blend Pullover - Cloudy Blue. $239.95

LOCATED ON GROUND FLOOR
Bassike

BASSIKE

Boxy V Neck Weekend Knit, $480

LOCATED ON LEVEL 2
Sportscraft

SPORTSCRAFT

Long Sleeve Knit Polo, $129.99

LOCATED ON LEVEL 2
Aje

AJE

Anika Cut Out Knit Dress, $475

LOCATED ON LEVEL 2
Veronika Maine

VERONIKA MAINE

Double Weave Cutout Jumpsuit, $299

Milano Knit Cardigan, $269

LOCATED ON LEVEL 2
MJ BALE

M.J. BALE

Bakeer Ashby Merino T Neck, $169

LOCATED ON LEVEL 2
Gant

GANT

Wool Cashmere Turtleneck, $699

LOCATED ON LEVEL 1
Saba

SABA

Karlie Merino Wool Knit Cardigan, $269

LOCATED ON LEVEL 2
Ted Baker

TED BAKER

Exarno - Fitted roll neck jumper, $199

LOCATED ON GROUND FLOOR
Sportscraft

SPORTSCRAFT

Lady Mohair Check Knit, $269.99

LOCATED ON LEVEL 2
Sportscraft

SPORTSCRAFT

Lady Check Cardigan, $299.99

Arden Mohair Cardigan, $279.99

LOCATED ON LEVEL 2
Super Glue Store

SUPER GLUE STORE

Beyond Her - Rylee Long Line Cable Knit in Off White, $79.95

LOCATED ON GROUND AND LOWER GROUND
Converse

CONVERSE

Unisex Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Crater Renew Knit High Top Black, $160

Unisex Converse Chuck Taylor All Star 70 Renew Knit Low Top Light Field Surplus, $140

LOCATED ON LOWER GROUND
Gant

GANT

Patchwork Cable Crew Neck Sweater, $599

LOCATED ON LEVEL 1
Maje

MAJE

Knitwear – Monette Sweater, $415

Checked Jacquard Cardigan, $465

Straight Skirt in Checked Jacquard, $365

LOCATED ON LEVEL 1
Maje

MAJE

Long Sailor-Style Cardigan, $595

Sailor Jumper, $295

Sailor Style Straight Cut Skirt, $365

LOCATED ON LEVEL 1
Anne Fontaine

ANNE FONTAINE

LOCATED ON LEVEL 1
Sass & Bide

SASS & BIDE

Mischief Maker Pant, $450

Mischief Maker Hoodie, $450

LOCATED ON LEVEL 2
Gorman

GORMAN

Habitual Patch Jumper, $189

LOCATED ON LEVEL 2
Saba

SABA

Samuel Wool Blend Crew Neck Knit, $159

LOCATED ON LEVEL 2
Ted Baker

TED BAKER

Yolliey Pointelle Mid Guage Sweater, $289

Daizzy Bow Detail Chunk Knit, $289

LOCATED ON GROUND FLOOR
Anna Thomas

ANNA THOMAS

Apostle Wrap in Burgundy and Sky Blue, $625

LOCATED ON LEVEL 2
Anna Thomas

ANNA THOMAS

Beaufort Cardigan Forest, $448

Kingham Crewneck Denim, $325

LOCATED ON LEVEL 2
Bec + Brudge

BEC + BRIDGE

Riviera Midi Dress, $260

Freya Scoop Neck Knit Dress, $260

LOCATED ON LEVEL 2
Gorman

GORMAN

Kelly Jumper, $169

LOCATED ON LEVEL 2

DISCOVER THE EDIT

Trend 5

“We’ve seen the monoblocking trend (dressing in a single colour or tone) continue through to 2021, but this year we’re taking it a step further with something fashion insiders are calling ‘head to toe dressing’. So, what exactly does that mean? Well, it’s all about choosing a single trend, print or fabric, and styling your look from top to bottom.”

HEAD TO TOE DRESSING
Trend 4

“From classic staples with a twist, to new styles and easy-to-wear options, this season’s coats are all about staying comfortable, whilst ensuring versatility when pairing them back with your existing wardrobe go-tos.“

THE ULTIMATE COAT
Trend 3

“There’s more than one way to introduce warmth into your wardrobe as the cooler months approach. Add shades of coffee, latte, and chocolate to your line-up this season, along with tan, ochre, and caramel, for a modern take on cold weather dressing.”

EARTH TONES
Trend 1

“Each winter, the boot is a staple for your cold-weather wardrobe – and this year, a raft of cool new styles are demanding a little space in your 2021 line-up. From comfortable options like easy-to-wear flats and chunky heels to on-trend detailing to help you stand out from the pack, there's something to match every outfit.”

BOOTS
Trend 1

“As we return to the office in 2021, it’s time to pack up the trackpants and transition into something more upmarket. Yep, that means suiting is back – but for the upcoming chilly season, this doesn’t mean you have to compromise on comfort.”

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