There’s nothing more tempting on a cold winter morning than to envelope yourself in a huge jumper or a cosy cardigan, and the autumn/winter 2016 catwalks saw some gorgeous pieces that make it even more tempting.
But with trends like grey and brown knits, military styles and skinny-rib jumpers, it takes a little extra polish to pull off a really stylish look that’s covetable AND comfortable.
As you’d expect, designers are going more cutting-edge than cuddly with their looks, but you can take inspiration from the catwalk hair and beauty trends without having to commit to the full bird’s nest and black eyebrows!
Here’s how to vamp up those knitwear trends this autumn.
1. Get into the groove
From the tight, skinny-ribbed jumpers of Jason Wu to the wide, chunky lines of Christian Siriano’s scarves, knits this season are all about woven vertical grooves, with the odd chunky braid thrown in for added texture.
How to wear it: this figure-hugging trend is great for those with an hourglass figure. The thinner the ribbing, the more it clings to your body., and it looks great with wide-leg trousers or jeans and platform boots.
Fabulous face: with its slightly Seventies bourgeois vibe, this look lends itself to a bold burgundy lipstick with a nearly-nude complexion – ditch the blusher, and just smudge a hint of gold across the eyelids. Get a natural, dewy complexion with the airbrush effect of Olay Total Effects Pore Minimiser CC Cream
Delightful ’do: continue the polished approach with smooth, glossy locks in warm colours of honey and coffee, and a luxuriant natural wave. Keep your hair shiny with Pantene Pro-V Smooth & Sleek collection.
2. Overstretch yourself
Believe it or not, that old, stretched-out jumper in your cupboard is actually on trend. The models of Les Copains had their hands hidden by long sleeves, while long, stretched cardigans, nipped in round the waist with a thin leather belt, were seen at Michael Kors.
How to wear it: tall, slim women look great in a long, baggy jumper, worn over leggings or skinny jeans with a pair of low-heeled boots. Others can throw a chunky cardie over a floaty floral dress and tights and, taking a leaf out of Michael Kors’ book of fashion, tie a thin belt loosely around the waist to give it shape.
Fabulous face: this is a grunge-meets-rock eyeliner dream. A natural face and big, smudged eyes go a long way: start with a cat’s eye flick, then line your lower lashes too, and add emphasis with plenty of mascara. Finish with a light layer of blush and a slick of nude or light pink lipgloss.
Delightful ’do: natural, straight hair with a centre parting looks perfect for this look – either in a low ponytail, or flowing loose. Keep it smooth and natural at the roots, then add some messy texture at the ends – try layering Herbal Essences Clearly Naked Dry Shampoo with your favourite hairspray for a ‘crunchy’ finish. Use Pantene Pro-V Dry Oil for naturally nourished hair.
3. Shades of grey (and brown)
From dove grey to charcoal, all knits great and small come in grey this season. If it isn’t grey, though, it’s an autumnal camel shade.
How to wear it: those who live in black will be thrilled to hear about the grey trend – it’s a softer, more gentle shade, but just as easy to wear with everything else in your wardrobe. Camel will enhance warm skin shades, too.
Fabulous face: play up these natural shades with a sense of pared-back purity – it’s all about the clean, clear skin and inner health. Olay Regenerist Luminous Perfecting Cream will help keep your skin radiant. Go for the lightest foundation you can find, just one coat of mascara, naturally light eyebrows and the merest wash of slightly iridescent blush, for a dewy shimmer. Finish with a dab of just-beyond-nude lip gloss.
Delightful ’do: for a free-spirited vibe, try the new ‘mash-up’ hair trend, leaving most of your hair natural and loose but mixing up braids, bunches and dishevelled knots.
4. Military precision
DSquared2, Yeezy and Rag & Bone made their knits khaki green, tightly ribbed, with a high neck and patched shoulders to bring some army chic to the catwalks.
How to wear it: Most can carry off this trend, but the shoulder detail of this look is particularly great for balancing out a pear-shaped body. Team a long jumper with a pair of pleather leggings or a short one with a pencil skirt, and add chunky-heeled ankle boots.
Fabulous face: it’s easy to glam up this look with a streak of red lipstick, but this season’s military looks have a bit more edge, with green lipstick and red all-over eyeshadow at Maison Martin Margiela. While that’s only for the brave, try a pop of bright orange lipstick for something a bit more edgy than usual.
Delightful ’do: you could go two ways with this. If you’ve gone for the glam red lipstick, play it down by scraping your hair up into a tight, high ponytail, using Pantene Pro-V Style & Protect Hairspray to keep flyaway hairs in place. Alternatively, soften more edgy make-up styles with a messy, loose look – but be warned, your hair will need to be in tip-top condition to get away with it. Revitalise it with Head & Shoulders Repair & Care
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What’s your favourite autumn/winter fashion and beauty look? Let us know in the comments section below.