AW18 Knitwear Trends You Need to Try

September 26, 2018

Autumn is my favourite time of year, especially the period from October to December in the run up to Christmas.

I just love being snuggled up indoors with hot chocolate and a good film. I love putting on a cosy jumper to battle the crisp autumnal air. And I also love Sunday roast dinners and Pumpkin Spice Lattes on repeat. (Shlurp.)

Speaking of cosy jumpers, the new season’s key knitwear pieces are coming in hot.

Even though the weather hasn’t completely turned yet (hi, 21 degrees last week) and we’re kind of still in the transitional period, I’m already in the process of stocking up my autumn/winter wardrobe.

I mean, it’s never too early, right?

If you’ve got no idea when it comes to which knits to invest in this season —not to worry, I’ve got you covered. Read on for the AW18 knitwear trends that are pretty yet practical.

AW18 Knitwear Trends You Need to Try

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Cream of the Crops

Firstly, the cropped hem aesthetic that was all the rage through Spring/Summer is sticking around for AW19.

(You know, the one that makes you look like you’re wearing a top that’s shrunk astronomically in the washing machine?)

I know it’s not a style that everyone likes, but I have to admit, I’m a fan. Especially in cropped knit form.

Why? Well, regardless of the hue or pattern, cropped jumpers look super cute with high-waisted jeans and flats or a fun skirt and block heeled boots. 

For instance, I’m currently in love with this Black Cable Knit Cropped Jumper from the Femme Luxe knitwear collection (*) that I can dress up or down, depending on the occasion. It looks especially great with a touch of leopard print through a belt, shoe, or hair accessory. 

Now, that’s a combination we can all get on board with.

AW18 Knitwear Trends Katie Davies Fashion Writer

Jeans – ASOSSunglasses – Quay Australia x Desi Perkins / Belt – Primark (similar here and here) / Headband – Primark (similar here) / Trainers – VANS

Pretty Pearls

One of my fave AW18 knitwear trends of the moment, pearl embellishments are an ideal smart-casual knit option.

Why? Well, they add instant glam to your aesthetic. And they’re perfect for the Christmas party season when paired with a black leather skirt or high-waisted leggings.

Personally, even though it’s not Christmas yet (hurry up, December), I like to wear my Red Pearl Knitted Jumper (*) with jeans, Vans and lazy-girl hair for everyday errands.

Either way, you can’t deny the versatility of a pearl knitted jumper!

AW18 Knitwear Trends Katie Davies UK

Jeans and Belt – As before / Sunglasses – Quay Australia (similar here and here) / Trainers – Converse

Cold Shoulder Delight

Another Spring/Summer style feature that’s making its way through to autumn, cold shoulder knits are just as flirty as they are feminine.

Designed to be worn effortlessly slouched off the shoulder, they certainly put the “cold” element into their name for the Autumn/Winter period. (Hence, why you need to get your wear out of this knit style before the freezing cold temperatures arrive!)

I’m crushing on the tunic-length cold shoulder knits, like this White Cold Shoulder Jumper (*), because their long hem lines are considerably warmer than the cropped alternatives. 

In fact, this beauty also has button-front detailing, which makes it a win-win in terms of AW18 fashion trends.

Cold Shoulder Knit AW18 Knitwear Trends

Jeans – Topshop / Sunglasses – Rayban (similar here) / Scrunchie – Primark (similar here) / Trainers – As before

Stripes Ahoy

Finally, one of the best AW18 knitwear trends (in my humble opinion) is stripes.

A continuation from the ever-popular stripes of last season, the only difference between SS18 and AW18 stripes is the fabric used to create them.

Stripes have also been given a bit of a revamp in terms of colour. I mean, just check out this Bardot Knitted Jumper (*) in a beautiful mustard hue.

This means it’s time to say goodbye to pastels and hello to the darker, richer tones of autumn. Bring them on!

Femme Luxe Finery AW18 Knitwear Trends

Jeans, Sunglasses and Trainers – As before / Scrunchie – Primark (similar here)

Rocking AW18 Knitwear Trends

All in all, there are several AW18 knitwear trends that are slowly filtering their way onto the high street.

That said, cropped hems, pearl embellishments, cold shoulder detailing and stripes are my current favourites.

Simply shop around and experiment with different AW18 knitwear trends to find out what works for you in terms of your body shape, budget and personal style.

Which are your favourite AW18 knitwear trends? Let me know in the comments below!

Katie Davies is the Yorkshire-based freelance writer who founded The Trendy Tourist. In the last three years, she has written for over 100 companies on a range of subjects, from fashion to marketing. When she’s not producing content, you can find her shopping, exploring a new place or sitting somewhere having a cup of builder’s tea.

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