Living at the bottom of the world means we get some pretty chilly winters and wrapping up in a snuggly knit is one of my favourite ways to dress in these colder months. For me investing in some seriously luxurious but timeless pieces is high on my priority list, but I also like to grab some on-trend pieces that are a little easier on the wallet to experiment. Either way, wools are a tad tricky to wash and especially with those lux items you want to take the best care of them. I’ve teamed up with Persil to show you some of my winter picks and the best way to care for them.
Your classic turtleneck - some may say BOOORING, but I say STAPLE! Especially when made from a super soft and cosy cashmere like this Marle piece is. A turtleneck in a classic shade will take you through so many seasons and can be worn in a classic way or push the boat out a little bit by styling it in an edgier manner. Here I have it on with PVC leggings from Zambesi and a long oversized denim jacket from Remain.
This is ultimate snugly knit and looks best when done in an oversized fashion, this bell sleeved number also from Marle (can you see a pattern here? love supporting NZ business) is my FAVOURITE piece. But just because it has a lot of volume don’t be afraid to wear it with baggy bottoms for the ultimate casual chic look. I have teamed it here with Zara knitted pants.
Nothing like a knitted hoody to relax around the home in or for a cool casual look in the weekend. I would style this Kow Tow hoody under a big oversized denim jacket.
Just because you may be investing in a high priced item don’t be afraid of colour - find a tone that suits you and run with it, it will never go out of fashion if it complements you. For me that is red and purple tones, they suit my warmer complexion and never cease to put a smile on my face and brighten my mood when I wear them.
I also like to add some high street kits into my wardrobe each year which are usually trend driven and more affordable. Here is some I have had my eyes on recently.
Another turtle neck, I know, but I love this fine little ribbed Zara number with a scalloped edge.
A whole lot of leg and oversized turtle neck (theme?!) will wow a crowd. But this Maurie and Eve number is just as easily paired with a legging and chunky boot to take you through daytime.
See I told you I had a thing for turtle necks, but this Zara one paired with the matching knit skirt is something I want in my wardrobe asap.
For you big tittle committee ladies a V neck will always be most flattering on you. I love the rust colour of this one by Glassons
Pink tunic of my dreams - I can see this layered over a cropped jean, worn on its own with some killer heels and big earrings or with some vans and a cropped leather jacket. Think this one from Country Road will be going in my cart immediately.
Now you have stocked up on your favourite knits what is the best way to care for them?
1 - I personally always hand wash but you can use the wool cycle on your machine if it has one.
2 - Check the label for water temp but anywhere below 30 degrees is usually going to be ok.
3 - Use a mild detergent like Persil Delicates that is tough enough to get rid of those pesky stains but gentle enough to not ruin the integrity of your items’ fibres.
4 - Use 1/3 cap of Persil Delicates in a wash tub and put a little bit of Persil Delicates right onto the stain if it’s a tough one.
5 - Soak for ten minutes and then rinse off your item - be sure to use the same water temp that you soaked it in otherwise you will shrink the fibre by “shocking” it (when you use the wool cycle on your machine it always has thesame wash and rinse temp.
6 - Do not wring your item out, place it on a colour fast towel and roll to soak out extra water.
7 - Un roll and re shape item on a dry towel laid on a flat surface. You do not want to dry your knits by hanging them as this will misshape them and pull at the fibres.
8 - Half way through during process make sure to flip your item so both sides dry properly. (my stop motion video will be inserted here too).
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