Time to Cosy-Up!

Picture of different styles of jumper

OK, so it’s the middle of Winter, we’re stuck in Lockdown, we’ve gained weight due to comfort eating and lack of exercise and we’re not exactly feeling on top of the world. Definitely a time for snuggling up in cosy jumpers!

If you’ve gained weight and “lost” your waist – or indeed have never had one! –  here are some simple tips to help you look and feel your best in your knitwear.

1) Stay away from figure hugging single layer tops which will only highlight lumps and bumps. Instead, wear them them under longline cardigans/wraps.

2) Watch the chunky knits as they will add bulk. If you have relatively slim legs though, you can make them work by teaming them with slim fitting jeans/trousers.

3) Asymmetric hemlines are excellent at tricking the eye and taking the focus away from your troublesome bits.

4) Longline jumpers are your friends. Those with “stepped” hems that are longer at the back are very much on-trend and are great for disguising a flat bottom (a fact of life for many post-menopausal women).

5) Boxy, oversized sweaters can look good, especially if  teamed with a slim bottom half.

6) Don’t be afraid of stripes. Contrary to popular belief, horizontal stripes can be slimming, especially if they are variegated.

7) If you are busty and/or have a short neck, avoid roll necks. If in doubt, a V-neck will look good on most body shapes.

8) Fine to medium weight knits are most flattering. A quality Merino wool or cashmere jumper will serve you well for years to come and you can often snap up a bargain in the sales – try Pure, Hobbs, Boden, Brora etc.

9) Add a long scarf – it will give the illusion of a slimmer silhouette and provide focus.

10) Wear jumpers in your most flattering colours to boost your mood and make you look healthy and vibrant.

Jumpers featured from left to right: Celtic & Co, Principles at Debenhams, Wallis