The Mood

Knits With Slits

Colder temperatures need not mean compromise on avant-garde style – or seductiveness. A knitted sweater becomes instantly cool thanks to a strategically placed slit, a cut-out, or a little irregularity that adds interest to this wardrobe staple.

by Siska Lyssens

Seen on the runway

This AW17 season, designers made fruitful efforts to re-imagine knitwear. Creating avant-garde proportions, Proenza Schouler’s Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez warped a medium chunky knit dress around the body, leaving openings at the shoulder of a long sleeve and twisting the neckline. Knitwear expert Pringle of Scotland experimented with a similar idea, shifting the neckline to one shoulder. Antonio Berardi, in his characteristic romanticism, created a small eyelet cut-out in a midnight blue knitted chunky sweater, while Belgian designer duo Peter Pilotto designed a lovely off-the-shoulder pink striped knit sweater with a cropped length at the waist on one side and an elegant longer hemline on the other.
From left: Peter Pilotto, Proenza Schouler, Pringle of Scotland, Antonio Berardi

Translated to the street

In real life, this avant-garde aesthetic is surprisingly easy to pull off. The knitwear retains its cosiness despite the removal of fabric, as usually that’s compensated by a longer sleeve or hem. Keep in mind the proportions of your silhouette when adding a bit of skin to your outfit – cropped sweaters work best with longer length trousers, and try to layer as little as possible. The subtlety of the slits or open-ended areas is best accessorised minimally. Stay away from jewellery on the arms to keep things simple around the torso, instead, opt for a statement ear cuff that directs attention to the face.
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