Before you think we've totally lost the plot, I'd like to confirm that we're aware of the fact that sloppy jumpers worn with midi skirts have kind of been a fashion "thing" for years now. However, while it's not a new trend, the combination of said tops and bottoms is rife throughout the runways of A/W 17—which means it'll be more of a thing than it was a few months back, ya dig? Designers have been analysing what cool women wear throughout the chillier months (and on any given British summer day) and have decreed that it is indeed a formula to fall back on, and aside from a styling update here and there, it's good to go.
Balenciaga, Dior, Sacai, Christopher Kane… If you name a city or an influential design house, we'll guarantee that there's a very street style–friendly knit-and-midi twosome in the offing. The look has already translated onto the pavements—plenty of realistic outfit fodder to piggyback here—and we're fairly convinced you'll already own the ingredients to make it happen.
Keep reading to see our favourite skirt + sweater combos on the streets, and carry on to shop a few essentials should you be overdue a restock.
Style Notes: A mohair knit and silk skirt are polar opposites, which is why they work so wonderfully together. Diletta Bonaiauti takes it a more adventurous step further with her bare legs and knee-high boots.
Style Notes: Backless jumpers have been trending on Pinterest, and the chicest way to wear one is with a longer skirt.
Style Notes: As feminine as ever, Italian style goddess Giovanna Battaglia opts for a cropped knit in her combo. If you like to make the most of your waist, this is the look for you.
Style Notes: Because these silhouettes are essentially so easy to wear, you can go all out when it comes to choosing their finish—who says a crazy fish jumper (from Stella McCartney) can't work with a polka-dot skirt?
Style Notes: Another day, another classic Chloé combo. Here's Courtney Trop channelling a très French route into the trend with a gigantic belted jumper and casually mismatched skirt.
Style Notes: Follow Lisa Aiken's lead, and take it back to the '90s with a bias-cut silk slip skirt and a simple black knit—throw on some spiked mules if you're heading to the office.
Next up, the inside scoop on what's so important about Scandinavian style.
This piece was published at an earlier date and has been updated.
Hannah Almassi is the editor in chief of Who What Wear UK. Hannah has been part of the the Who What Wear brand since 2015, when she was hired to launch a UK sister site and social channels, localise content strategy and build out the editorial team. She joined following a seven-year tenure at Grazia magazine, where she led front-of-book news, fashion features and shopping specials as fashion news and features editor. With experience in both print and digital across fashion and beauty, Hannah has over 15 years in the field as a journalist, editor, content strategist and brand consultant. Hannah has interviewed industry heavyweights such as designers including Marc Jacobs and Jonathan Anderson through to arbiters of taste including Katie Grand and Anna Dello Russo. A skilled moderator and lecturer specialising in the shift to digital media and e-commerce, Hannah’s opinion and work has been sought by the likes of CNBC, BBC, The Sunday Times Style, The Times and MatchesFashion.com, among many others.
Hannah currently resides in Eastbourne with her photographer husband, incredibly busy toddler and highly Instagrammable cat.
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