Wool for winter. Not exactly groundbreaking in trend terms is it?
Well, actually, knitwear was really big news on the AW14 catwalks - literally.
The Row (that’s the Olsen twins’ label) took the prize for most oversized, with a humongous cowl-necked jumper and trousers combo, while Stella McCartney and yarn aficionado Mark Fast also went for the slouch-factor with layers of chunky woollens.
Even designers who usually shy away from such an organic fabric, like Phoebe Philo at Celine and Marc Jacobs, spun a yarn with head-to-toe ribbed knits.
It all adds up to some seriously seductive comfort-dressing options when you need them most.
From blanket wraps to stand-out separates, face the frosty weather with our pick of the wool pack.
Go the catwalk route with slouchy, supersized knitwear - the bigger the better.
A hefty cowl collar, chunky cable detailing and lengthy scarves all fit the bill. Worried these bulky details will supersize you too? Then look for pieces with just one of the above.
A long sleeveless tunic with a cowl neck, for example, will be slim enough to wear under your winter coat, and does away with the need for a scarf, plus you can layer it over trousers or tights, depending on how dressy you want to go.
lScarlett Sleeveless Roll Neck Jumper, £45; Chester Blanket Coat, £129; Heidi Leather Skirt, £149, Lisbon Box Calf Chelsea Boots, £79, all Monsoon (www.monsoon.co.uk)
lWallis Pale Pink Cowl Neck Tunic, £38 (www.wallis.co.uk)
MAP YOUR COORDINATES
The most faithful catwalk homages on the high street are the head-to-toe coordinate sets in wheat and stone hues.
A tricky look to pull off - not least because they bear more than a passing resemblance to PJs - the key to woollen co-ords is how you accessorise them. If you’re going casual, keep it simple with ballet flats or high-top trainers, but to dress them up, let the trouser hems fall over pointed-toe stiletto boots and add a couple of gold bangles or a blingy cocktail ring.
lH&M Wool Top, £34.99, and Trousers, £39.99 (in store end of November; www.hm.com)
lVZara Knit Flared Trousers, £59.99 (www.zara.com)
How to tap into the head-to-toe trend without going totally coordinated? By mixing and matching woollen separates.
If you miss the summer staple tube skirt, try a fluffy version paired with a slouchy sweater and ribbed tights, and top off with a faux fur jacket for a sumptuous mix of feel-good fabrics.
With so many touchable textures going on, it’s wise to limit your colour palette. Autumnal reds and browns go well together, as do pale, fawny tones, the ideal match for brown leather accessories.
lApricot Stone Fluffy Knit Mini Skirt, £19 (www.apricotonline.co.uk)
lMint Velvet Nude Mongolian Trim Knit Gilet, £129 (www.mintvelvet.co.uk)
The ultimate winter woollen, a capacious cardigan or blanket coat is the perfect style prescription for self-diagnosed Seasonal Affective Disorder.
By day, a big dip-hem cardigan isn’t just warm, it’s actually a secret slimming aid, because the roomy shape makes your arms and legs look thinner - just make sure the sleeves and your trousers are slim-cut too.
For the great outdoors, cocoon yourself in a cosy blanket wrap, belting it up if you want to add definition to your waistline.
lWallis Stone Cocoon Zip Hem Cardigan, £55 (www.wallis.co.uk)
lEvans Mink Colour Block Wrap, £35 (www.evans.co.uk)
If washed-out woollens aren’t your thing, pick one impactful piece and work your outfit around it. But we’re not talking Christmas jumpers or cutesy animal motifs - look for graphic knit prints, stripes and animal prints.
A longline sweater dress is a great multitasker, letting you dial the dressiness up or down according to your mood: wear it with tights and over-knee boots (the style of the season), over skinny jeans at the weekend or tuck it into a leather skirt for work.
lFenn Wright Manson Remi Jumper, £150 (www.fennwrightmanson.com) (other items, stylist’s own)
lJaeger Giant Houndstooth Tunic, £180 (www.jaeger.co.uk)