Knitwear is the style staple of the season. Proof that winter can be both stylish and warm, and the perfect addition to weather that bullies us into layering. My wardrobe is overflowing with it, and yet when I recently browsed the H&M website there were three more pieces that I couldn’t bear not to purchase.
If you don’t love a piece of clothing then you shouldn’t buy it, take it from me. I’ve exchanged too much money for clothes destined only to hang limply in the depths of my wardrobe until my annual charity shop cull. What I’ve learned is that even the slightest hesitation about whether I’ll actually wear something usually means that I won’t. So a new style rule, which I’m enforcing strictly and with immediate effect: ‘don’t buy it unless you love it’. Similarly, I’m going to try to work out a style budget. I’m aiming to purchase the things that I love when I see them, avoiding ‘sold out’ regret.
These new style habits of mine are why I knew that I needed to make room for 3 more sweaters in my knitwear collection. I saw them and loved them, and tried them on and loved them more. These knitwear picks are pretty similar classic neutrals, and make perfect additions to any capsule wardrobe.
Practicality wise, white polo-necks are the worst idea. But despite the stress of inevitable orange necklines, I just can’t resist them. The imitation pearls along the neckline are a beautiful detail which makes the piece look more expensive than it is. I was interested to read that it’s a H&M conscious product. I’d not bought from the line before now, but to qualify as conscious, items must contain at least 50% sustainable materials.
This is a prime example of why we should buy the things we love when we first see them. I noticed this jumper before Christmas when I was in a rush. Typically, when I made it back to the store I found that it was sold out in my size. Luckily it worked out for me this time and I was able to order it for half the price online. If you love this as much as I do and it doesn’t have your size then this jumper is full price but very similar.
I love this so much that I broke my habit of washing things from shops before wearing them. I felt like I had to wear it to bring the new year in (we didn’t go out). It’s the softest, cosiest jumper that I own, and even Jamie commented on how nice it felt.
Another conscious pick and a versatile classic, it was the detail that sold me on this jumper too. Sparkly stones adorn the left side of it, making it a great piece to be dressed up or down. Paired with jeans or a skirt, heels or flats. Some of my knitwear is definitely more on the slouchy side and is only suitable for home or the office. The picks in this edit are great because they’re comfortable yet still allow me to feel put together rather than dressed down.
In my attempts to be more eco-friendly, I’ve struggled a little with fast fashion. As someone who has always loved playing with style, and more simply, shopping, I’ve known that I need to make changes in this respect. H&M conscious is a welcome line which I’ll definitely be shopping from again. By shopping with more responsible brands and ensuring that I get great cost-per-wear by looking after my clothing and only buying things that I love, I’m confident that my shopping habits this year will be more responsible. Hopefully, changes like these are ones we can all make, for the sake of our finances, our wardrobe spaces, and, most importantly our beautiful world, and everything in it.