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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.