When it comes to tops, I always prefer knits. While I do believe in the power of a beautiful blouse…I’m usually more comfortable wearing a
t-shirt or a sweater.
Long ago, knits were reserved for hosiery and sweaters. In the 1920s Gabrielle Chanel began using knit jersey fabric in women’s wear. She was the first designer to use jersey, which at the time was used only for men’s underwear. This fabric presented a complete departure from what women’s clothing had been prior. It was simple, practical and comfortable. Mademoiselle Chanel chose knit jersey because it was inexpensive and draped well. No corset involved, just soft, easy-to-wear knit garments that revolutionized the way women dressed.
"I make fashion women can live in, breath in, feel comfortable in and look younger in," Chanel said. Thank you, Coco Chanel. I’m all in!
Most of the tops in my closet are knits- here's why...
Softness against my skin
Freedom to move in a fabric that stretches
Super packable, great for travel
Easy to wear for many occasions
A variety of different finishes and textures to choose from …waffle weave, classic jersey, slubbed, fine gauge, metallic etc.
Loads of different fiber combinations- cotton, wools, acrylics and silk…
can all be used to create amazing knitted fabrics.
Layer well for warmth and interest
If you already love knits...fist bump! However, if you usually wear blouses or shirts made from woven fabrics, I urge you to give a knit a try. Especially during the colder months since knits are perfect for keeping warm and cozy while still looking great.
You can create a ‘wardrobe’ of knit basics easily.
Essential knits to include in your wardrobe...
A few soft, thin camisoles or undershirts- in at least nude and black
Several t-shirts in colors you love, a combination of long and short sleeved
A yummy cardigan sweater in a neutral color that you can wear with other knit layering pieces
A comfortable, cozy pullover sweater- this one can be neutral or a color you love
Extras- a turtleneck, some tank tops, lightweight V-neck sweaters in cotton or wool.
All of the pieces listed above would work well with woven garments. Layer a knit camisole under a crisp shirt or pull on a snuggly cardigan over a silk blouse. Mixing textures creates interest. Incorporating a knit layer adds warms and comfort.
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Do you wear more knit or woven tops? How do you combine them?
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Hello, I'm Kristen.
As a personal stylist,