What You Need to Know Before You Spend Money on Knitwear

The arrival of Easter means cool weather is on its way and here to stay, and in turn, knitwear will be your new BFF (sorry, actual BFF). The one thing worth splurging on for autumn (in my opinion), is good-quality knitwear. Once you’ve worn natural, breathable fibres, you won’t be able to go back. The main benefit? It helps regulate your body temperature, so you’ll be warm when you step outside, but remain comfortable, and not overheat inside.

We asked fashion designer (and recently announced MBFWA designer) Anna Quan how to best shop for knitwear. Keep scrolling for her top three tips.

"If you have sensitive skin, woollen fibres or other animal hairs (e.g. mohair or goat hair) can be scratchy and uncomfortable. Natural fibres are comfortable and also a lot more breathable, so you don’t “sweat”. A wool blend might be a good compromise on breathability and comfort. It’s good to brush the garment along more sensitive areas like your neck or face and see how it feels against the skin before you buy, and also be sure to check the composition label."

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Anna Quan

"It’s good practice to consider how you will wear and be styling the knit. If you plan on wearing it over another item like a long sleeve turtleneck, make sure you try before you commit and buy. Sometimes you might find that the next size up is more suitable for your purposes."

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Anna Quan

"Read the care label and consider whether you will actually care for that item in the way it was intended. If you are the sort of person who doesn’t tend to remember to make a trip to the dry-cleaners, or puts it off, maybe you should opt for a hand-wash or a delicate wash cycle knit."

How will you be styling your knitwear into autumn? Share in the comments below and then shop these knitwear picks.

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