The ultimate guide to summer knitwear

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Cotton and linen aren’t the only fabrics to turn to when the mercury starts to rise. Once a confusing fashion statement, summer knits have since grown to become a wardrobe staple for fashion insiders in the hotter months. 

Need a little help getting knotty? Here’s our ultimate guide to styling summer knitwear this season.  

Go bold

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Switch out those warmer-toned knits for something bold and colourful to mark the start of better, brighter days. Throw on one of these larger-than-life chunky cardigans by Hope Macaulay over a simple slip dress for a playful look, or pair it with some denim cut-offs for that true summer feel. 

Cropped tops and tanks

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Everybody loves a good midriff moment, and cropped knits will give you just that. Lately we’ve been eyeing Rua Carlota‘s one of a kind reconstructed pieces, but their website drops are known to sell out within minutes! Go the granny-chic route with a short sleeved cardigan or leave some room for tanning with a lightweight tank top – both look great with a pair of straight legged jeans. 

Sweater vests

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All of last season, we’ve appropriated dad culture by wearing knit vests and plain tees—so who’s stopping us now? Ditch the T-shirt and wear a sweater vest on its own to let your skin breathe in the summer heat. This blue ribbed number by YanYan incorporates subtle details of Chinese cultural garments for a unique take on knitwear. Juxtapose the masculine fit of the vest with a flirty miniskirt, or keep it androgynous with some linen trousers.

Co-ord sets

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For days when you want to take it easy, a matching two-piece set is an absolute no-brainer. Step away from nautical stripes and try Paloma Wool‘s fresh take on the pattern instead. These pieces are super interchangeable, so your options are practically endless.

Dress it up

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If two pieces of clothing is still too much, opt for just one with a simple knit dress (like a maxi sweater dress). Loud colours can sometimes be daunting, so going neutral with a standout piece like this slinky Cult Gaia dress is a great alternative. The lightweight knit material makes it perfect for a hot day on the beach, but the low-cut back can hold its own throughout the night too.

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