As Autumn begins to take hold, it is time to dig out the Winter knits. Head to toe knitwear is something that I remember mum wearing as I was growing up. I’m chuckling to myself writing this rather unflattering depiction of her attire….! I don’t mean she was in long johns and an itchy vest, it was more long jumpers and leggings (late 80s/early 90s) and then fitted, knitted skirts and matching jumpers (late 90s/early 00s). The latter has had a huge come-back this season so perhaps it would have been more appropriate to have featured a two-piece but alas, it was this jumper dress from Whistles that caught my eye (two-pieces another time, promise).
When we shot this, a week or so ago, it was still warm enough to have bare legs but obviously as the weather turns, tights would be far more appropriate. Opaque or ribbed tights would look best with this dress.
A knee high boot would be fantastic, as would an ankle boot, particularly a Chelsea boot (if you’re worried about cutting off your leg at an awkward place then make sure that your tights are the same colour as your boot).
In terms of the dress shape, it is much trendier, and usually more flattering, to wear a loose fitting style that is either quite baggy like this one, or one that skims the body rather than hugs it.
A simple dress like this can take some statement jewellery. Go big on the earrings! The dress is a blank canvas so have fun with it.
This grey jumper by COS is made of the softest cashmere. It is a ‘boyfriend’ style which means that it is cut over-sized and is more of a traditional menswear shape. There is something so effortlessly cool about women in over-sized jumpers - resting just on the hip bone with the sleeves rolled up, tres chic.
I absolutely love these culottes too. The pop of colour with the crisp white and dark grey is magic. As I am not particularly tall I have turned up the hem. They are voluminous, making it more flattering to wear them just above the ankle so as not to look drowned in fabric (or as my husband would say - like you’ve stolen some trousers from a tall person).
Artwork and photography by Alexandra Mooney
Dress, Whistles, £149 (it’s sold out online but there are still sizes in-store)
Earrings, Deborah Blyth, £185
Bracelet, Deborah Blyth, £300
Trainers, Superga, £65
Cashmere jumper, Cos, £135
Shirt, Cos, £59
Culottes, Cos, £69
Trainers, Reebok, £74.95