Fashion: Knitting pretty in autumn

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This is the season of the go-to knit.

No longer the also-ran in the fashion stakes, knitwear is right slap-bang at the forefront of high style this autumn/winter, as key piece and head-to-toe knitted looks dominated the international catwalks, the latter translating to the High Street as twin-sets with a cool street-savvy difference.

Marc Jacobs sent down the catwalk a three-piece grey all-knit ensemble featuring knit tunic, matching super-long slim knit scarf and matching knit leggings, with both slim sleeves and leggings cut long and bunchy, like Cats the Musical legwarmers.

Chanel, meanwhile, went for a streamline knit look with red, russet and purple pattern slim-fit knit sweater and matching leggings for a sporty feline feel.

Celine also went for the matching plain knit tunic and leggings look and it seems that this is going to be a major trend to look out for, as easy-to-wear and copy on-trend outfits such as this tend to filter widely to become a mainstream casual look for the season (so much so that you might just get rather tired of it).

Whether or not knitted trousers will take off in quite the same way remains to be seen. Knitted skirts, however, should be right at the top of your new autumn wardrobe staple list.

Woollens are layered head-to-toe, swathing the body either in one knit colour (grey and taupe are the favourites) or tonally, in shades of the same colour.

The jumper dress makes a major return, which is great news for those of us who like to bring out our old favourites every autumn anyway, although this is a great year to make new investments in both fine knits and cashmeres and in chunkier knit and fuzzy knit styles for a more voluminous and oversized appeal.

Knitwear makes its way into just about every major fashion theme for this coming autumn/winter including an artistic retro look with flashes of neon colour, 3D loops, frills and bobbles, and swirling pattern.

There is also the new folklore and fairytale theme which mixes floral, woodland and animal pattern knits with layers of lace and fantasy-based embellishments.

Chloe, left, and Clementine, middle with milliner Jenny Roberts.

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